Nutritionists: School year nutrition takes planning
SUNBURY — As the kids head back to school, it may be harder to keep track of their nutrition. Karen Buch, director of lifestyle initiatives at Weis Markets said it is possible to keep the whole family eating healthy throughout the school year.
“Plan, plan, plan, because our schedule is certainly so different than it was during the summer,” Buch said. “A big part of the advice that we would have is to put a plan in place for that family meal. It takes everything from the menu planning, to the shopping phase, to the actual meal preparation, to actually being able to get the meal ready and your family around the table together.”
Buch said breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. She also said protein is a nutrient that should not be skipped. “One of the focus points is really to focus on trying to get 25 grams of protein at a meal,” Buch said. “That can come from skim milk, a dairy product with 8 grams of protein per cup, or an egg which has 7 grams a protein. Choosing some foods that are going to provide that protein can really help to balance your diet.”
Buch said healthy living starts with the grocery cart, so they have compiled a shopping checklist online at www.weismarkets.com. Buch and registered dietician Elizabeth Stark were guests on WKOK’s On The Mark program Wednesday. You can learn more about healthy eating for you and your family by downloading that program at WKOK.com. (Codi Jade)