Back To School Family Nutrition Tips

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WIth it almost being back-to-school time we have been looking for ways to make focus on healthy choices during this busy season. To help us out, we enlisted some tips from Brooke Alpert, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., of B Nutritious and author of The Sugar Detox, (Da Capo, 2013) and spokesperson for Puritan’s Pride. Check out her tips on how to get families out of their summer rut and into more of a fall routine.

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  • Eat Dinner at Home – Choose at least 3 nights a week to eat as a family. Almost always cheaper and healthier than eating out, when you cook, you control the ingredients. Try to include lots of whole grains, veggies and fruits. Try to shop and prep on Sundays or whatever day is easiest to set you up for quick week night meals.
  • Support Your Immune health – Support your immune health with increased activities that comes with the start of the school year. Try a daily probiotic.
  • Get Enough Vitamin D - Your body must have Vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone health. Consider adding a vitamin D supplement to your diet.
  • Eat Breakfast – Everyone needs a healthy breakfast that includes protein and fiber but you may also consider a multivitamin as part of your morning routine.
  • Plan Meals – Create a list of meal options for each meal. You do not have to set a strict schedule, but having meal options makes healthy eating easier. A poor diet can result in multiple problems including fatigue, and other illnesses.
  • Get Enough Sleep -- Most adults should get 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Create a set bedtime. If you stay up late, make note. For added sleep help, consider trying melatonin.
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