Healthier Habits: A Word From Our Dietitian

It’s that time of year where many have headed back to school and that means getting back into a routine. Here are a few quick tips for shaping up the meal part of your schedule:

Kids can be picky. Try the Parent’s Provide, Kid’s Decide theory. Parents decide when the meal is given and what is provided while kids get to decide if they eat and how much. Check out the following website for more information. This theory can really make a positive difference on mealtime!

Plan ahead. Check out for recipes or for weekly menu ideas already planned out (including your grocery list and conversation starters for mealtime)!

Drink plenty of water throughout the day. It may surprise you how much this will boost your energy level. Aim for 24 oz before lunch, another 24 oz before the work day is over, and the final 24 oz before heading to bed.

Plan for leftovers. Think of it this way, if you cook dinner twice during the week and have enough for leftovers each time, you have two more dinners covered!

Aim for a weekly stir-fry. This is an easy dinner idea that can be made in a variety of ways, so your family won’t get tired of it. Try a chicken stir-fry one week and beef the next. Change out the vegetables and seasonings each time you prepare it and you’ll have a completely different taste to your meal!

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.