Donít Take a Break From Eating Well This March
BRAMPTON, ON. (March 10, 2010) – Getting kids to eat well can be as hard as getting kids to do their homework over March Break. When the kids are out of school and you’re dealing with changed schedules and different activities, it can be challenging to make healthy eating a priority. Peel Public Health has the recipe for keeping your kids eating well over the school break.
Uma Raja and Alice Krassavin, registered dietitians at the Region of Peel, want you to keep your family eating healthy this March Break.
“The best way to prepare for March Break is to plan ahead,” says Alice Krassavin, a registered dietitian at Peel Public Health. “Take a look at the activities planned for the week and create a menu to fit your schedule.”
If you’re taking a day trip, pack some healthy snacks, like baby carrots and granola bars, so you won’t be tempted to buy food while you are out. If the kids are at home, make sure healthy snacks are easily available.
“Another great tip is to get your kids in the kitchen,” says Alice. “Have them help you, so they can see how easy it is to make a healthy snack and learn about how different foods can make a meal.”
Here are some easy ways to add a vegetable or fruit to your family’s day:
- Include fresh or frozen berries at breakfast
- Instead of fries, have veggies or salad with lunch
- Buy prepared ready-to-eat vegetables or fruit if you are short on time
- Keep frozen vegetables in your freezer for a quick vegetable option with dinner
- Think colour. Choose one dark green vegetable (e.g., broccoli, spinach, romaine lettuce) and one dark orange vegetable (e.g., carrot, sweet potato, squash) per day.
March is also Nutrition Month and this year’s theme, Celebrate food…from field to table, can inspire families to enjoy different foods. For more information on eating healthy, call Region of Peel – Public Health at 905-799-7700 and ask to speak to a dietitian or visit www.healthyeatingpeel.ca.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.