Plan what's for dinner in 15 minutes or less
May 6, 2013
Wanting to fit the recommended amount of vegetables into you and your family’s meals? Find it hard to make healthy decisions on the fly? An alarming question is “What’s for Dinner?”
Many experts encourage health conscious folks to plan their dinners prior to the day to help reduce the stress of a hurry up decision. There are other reasons for planning what you and/or your family are going to eat ahead of time.
If you plan your meals, you are less likely eat out or to order a take-out meal. These have proven to be more expensive when compared to making foods at home and usually do not include a variety of vegetables. Each week health experts suggest that we include dark green, orange- red, dried beans and peas, and limit starchy vegetables in our meals. Eating out gives us plenty of potatoes but less orange-red and even less dark green vegetable. The USDA Food Pattern for 2000 calorie meal plan states that it should include throughout the week 1 1/2 cups dark green vegetables, 51/2 cups of orange-red, 1 1/2cup of dried beans and peas, and no more than 5 cups of starchy ( green peas, corn and potatoes are some examples). That leaves 4 cups of “other.” This might be a bit tricky if you don’t have a plan.
Raising Resilient Children
April 26, 2013
Today’s families are weathering tremendous pressures and stresses – from daily finances to managing multiple schedules and demands – and the impacts are also felt by children and teens. While parents cannot protect their children from all of life’s challenges, they can provide their kids with the skills they need to respond to difficult situations in healthy, productive ways. Raising resilient children and teens helps them develop the skills they need to cope as adults and to overcome from the hardships they may face.
Kindergarten_ Ready or Not?
April 12, 2013
The decision whether to “redshirt” a kindergartener or not is a very personal one specific to each child and family.
An apple by any other name would taste as sweet.
April 10, 2013
An apple by any other name would taste as sweet. False!
Spring is right around the corner….
April 3, 2013
We’re almost there! April is here and I am sure most of us are excited that summer is right around the corner! Don’t get ahead of yourself just yet! Prepare your body and mind for the impending warmer months with a few tips to jump-start your metabolism and will have you feeling energized and ready to tackle the next few months!