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VIDEO: Eat Slow, Mindful Eating

Become a "mindful" eater. Next time you have a meal — breakfast, lunch, dinner or a snack, take at least 20 minutes to eat it. Be in the moment and actually notice what you're eating. This way, you will allow sufficient time for your brain to register you just at food. Chances are you'll notice sooner [...]


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VIDEO: Enjoy Cooked Vegetables

  Enjoy vegetables with texture, flavor and color. When cooking vegetables, add the hardest vegetables first —  the ones that will take the longest to cook  (Onions, broccoli, carrots, etc.). Then, when those vegetables are ¾ finished cooking, add the softer vegetables, (peppers, tomatoes, spinach etc.). This will give you a variety of color, flavor, [...]


 

Have your kids fill up-on veggies before dinner…

This was a fabulous tip that came in from a member of our Facebook community. She suggests letting those starving kiddos munch on veggies while they sit in the kitchen watching mom or dad prepare dinner. Not only does this ensure they are getting an ample portion of the good stuff, it also puts them [...]


 

VIDEO: Don’t Overcook Foods

Make sure you don't overcook you food as you can lose many of the healthful nutrients that the foods contain and also your food just won't taste as good and the texture may be mushy or too tough. So don't overcook your food.


 

Fun with pancakes…and yogurt.

  Pancakes don't always have to be covered in syrup to taste good. As an alternative, spread pancake with your kid's favorite flavor of yogurt. Then (because cutting can be tricky for little ones) roll that pancake up for a hand-held breakfast treat with a kick of sweet protein.    


 

VIDEO: Sources for Calcium

As a growing person it is important to get the necessary amounts of calcium in your diet and dairy products are a one source for calcium. But did you know that you can also get calcium from numerous non-dairy sources including collard greens, kale, bok choy, fortified soy milk, and beans.   Source: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/calcium-and-milk/


 

VIDEO: Drink Water

Water is vital to your health because it keeps your bodily systems and functions in balance. Drinking enough water every day helps your body regulate its temperature, and allows your cells and organs to operate to their fullest capacity. Water is always the best option but any fluid low in sugar is a good alternative.


 

Shop Smart.

When shopping for food it’s important to go with a plan.  Make a list before hand so you don’t make impulse buys.  Make sure to look at nutritional info on the products your buying and it’s important that you don’t shop hungry.


 

Avoid Distractions While Eating

It’s best not to be distracted while eating.  Give yourself 20-30 min. to eat without watching TV or reading.


 

VIDEO: Learn about Food Through Grocery Shopping

Empower your kids to learn about food by taking them to the market with you. It's easy with these simple steps: 1. Go when your child is rested, and full. Then at least their moods won't be affected by tiredness or hunger. 2. Be in a good mood, set an example that this can be [...]

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