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Healthy Bites: September 2011
 

September is the end of summer and back to school season. It can be a great time to think about a healthy eating plan for the whole family!

  • Start with breakfast. Research has shown that people who eat a healthy breakfast have an overall better quality diet and tend to be leaner. Eating breakfast also helps students concentrate at school. Include foods high in fiber such as whole grain cereals or protein like low-fat cheese or peanut butter, to keep you satisfied through the morning.
  • Pack a healthy lunch. Bring a source of lean protein such as chicken, turkey or low fat cheese and include a variety of fruits and vegetables. Review cafeteria menus for healthy selections available if buying lunch.
  • Choose healthy snacks. Good choices include fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat cheese, small yogurts, nuts, popcorn, rice cakes, whole grain crackers or fruit juice bars.
  • Eat dinner together. Make time to sit at the table without television or cell phones. This is a good time for parents to model their healthy eating choices. Serving plates at the counter instead of putting food on the table can help with portion control.

To make an appointment for individualized nutrition counseling, please call 201-634-5371.

For additional information about Recipe for Life programs (supermarket tours or nutrition coaching) please contact Joe Juliano at 201-447-8093 or jjulian@valleyhealth.com.

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