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Nutrition for Kids On The Go

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Nutrition for Kids On The Go

No Comments 13 October 2010

Many Yeshivahs have their winter vacation this month, so take these great tips with you if you plan on traveling soon:

Whether on the beach, running around Disney World, skiing, or navigating a new destination, healthy eating and meal planning is the way to go. Your vacation starts as soon as you lock your front door and roll your suitcase into the car. Pack your carry-on bags with lots of healthy snacks like;

fresh fruit
carrot and celery sticks
humus
nuts
string cheese
peanut butter sandwiches
turkey sandwiches

These snacks will come in handy when your child is hungry and is looking for something to eat.

Fill your hotel room with all of these healthy snacks. Vacation days are long, and there’s lots of junk food available to kids everywhere they go. Your room should be a “junk free zone”; this gives some control with the amount of sweets available. The strategy is to fill them with healthy food.

How can we do this? Let’s start with breakfast because its the most important meal of the day.

The morning is the best time to encourage kids to get some of the essential nutrients they need, like eating veggies; sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, or an omelet with mushrooms, peppers, or spinach. Fruit, half a grapefruit, sliced oranges, yogurt with low-sweetened breakfast cereal,  berries or sliced strawberries. Your goal is to make sure breakfast consists of 3 food groups; protein, veggies and fruit, and carbs. Be very careful with breakfast cereals, many times hotels and restaurants have cereals that are high in added sugars.

You will want to make sure to keep the kids hydrated. WATER, WATER, WATER, that is their best choice! Don’t get caught up in the “sweetened beverage trap” with sodas, juices, iced teas. Pack a water bottle that you can refill and have it available to them when they ask for something to drink, save the extra sugar for ices and pops.

The next challenge is lunch.  Here are a few suggestions to help guide your kids into making better choices;

  1. Salad bars are always fun, but remember they will not feel full enough with just greens, you want to encourage them to  add a protein into their salad;  Chickpeas, tuna, hard boiled eggs, kidney, white or black beans, or feta cheese. Adding some croutons for crunch can be fun. Be careful with the salad dressing.
  2. Tuna, egg salad, turkey, peanut butter sandwiches on whole wheat bread
  3. Baked potatoes stuffed with veggies’ and cheese
  4. Omelets with veggies
  5. Grilled cheese on whole wheat with tomato

Things to avoid / substitute with

  1. French fries / try baked potato  instead
  2. Macaroni and cheese / try pasta and sauce with parmesan cheese
  3. Fried fish or chicken / try grilled or baked

When going back to your room for a break before dinner, you’re going to be happy that you chose to keep your room free of junk food. Having healthy snacks around, will avoid conflicts, and you won’t mind if the kids are having a healthy snack before dinner!

Be Smart ,Be Healthy

Diane Terzi RD

Diane Terzi is a Registered Dietitian. She is certified in Weight Management for Children, Teens & Adolescents. Diane’s expertise is in working with kids; she has created a nutrition education program and teaches nutrition education in private schools throughout Brooklyn. Diane also works in private practice; she works directly with kids and their families. Her consultations are customized to meet each child’s needs, confidence  building balances the education so each child learns to make the choices they need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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Family Favorite-Baked Potato With Broccoli and Cheese

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Family Favorite-Baked Potato With Broccoli and Cheese

1 Comment 31 March 2010

After scouring the internet for a non-creamcheesy,non-heavy buttery baked potato recipe, I decide that it was time to go back to Susie Fishbein‘s  recipes. I made these baked potatoes for a big dairy dinner last  year on the Holidays, and it was a great hit.

Please adjust quantities for the amount of people you are serving.

Ingredients for this Kosher Recipe

3 large russet poatoes

olive oil

1 cup broccolli florets

1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

2 tsp potato starch

2 tsp milk

1/2 tsp sea salt

 

Directions for creating this Kosher Recipe

]Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Scrub and dry each potato and cut a large X into the top of each potato.

Place potatoes on a baking sheet and brush with olive oil.

Bake for 1 hour and remove when soft.

Steam chopped broccoli till tender about 5 minutes.

Drain and add cheese to the broccoli.

Place potato starch in a bowl add milk and stir to dissolve. Add salt.

Add this mixture to the broccoli and cheese.

With a wooden spoon stir mixture over low flame.

Pour 1/3  mixture into potato X extending over the sides.

Keep warm until ready to serve.

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