shutterstock_149380103As parents everywhere are getting ready for the new school year, we at InShapeMD turn our focus to children…s wellness. We know that a new school year brings both exciting changes and a very busy schedule, so here are few simple tips and tricks for healthy eating in a pinch.

 

Learn the ABCs of healthy eating
The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) created a handy guide for saving money while maintaining great eating habits. Learn more about the ABCs of healthy eating on their website and find lots of great resources for your busy schedule. The NHLBI also recommends turning grocery shopping into quality family time by bringing the whole family and teaching children how to look for healthy choices at the store.

Make treats more rewarding by keeping portion size reasonable
We can…t always control what our children eat when they…re at school or out with friends, but meals eaten at home are a great way to set the stage for healthy eating habits throughout the day. Instead of giving your child a full bottle of juice or soda, pour a small amount into a cup as a treat. This works for other treats like chips and cookies, which can be placed in small plastic bags rather than their original (usually very large!) containers. facebook down . This helps your child to look at sugary foods and drinks as dessert rather than part of the meal.

Opt for these tasty snacks, all under 100 calories

 

    • 1 large hard boiled egg
    • 10 almonds
    • 12 baby carrots
    • A? cup fat-free pudding
    • 1 cup strawberries
    • 2 graham cracker squares
    • 1 medium apple

InShapeMD wishes you and your family a safe and healthy new school year!