Monthly Nutrition Messages/Information
September's Nutrition Message
How to Make Fast Food Friendlier
Feeding your children nutritious meals between all your daily
activities can be a challenge. While you zoom back and forth between
soccer practice, the dance recital, the PTA meeting and picking up the
dry cleaning, you’re lucky to find time to grab a meal at the
drive-thru. If you must eat on the go, here are some tips to make fast
food healthier for you and your family members:
- Pass on the “value-size.” When you supersize, the size of your fries isn’t the only thing that gets bigger.
- Skip the sides. Eating a burger or sandwich by itself is often
filling enough. If you do want a side, consider ordering a fruit cup or
side salad. Most fast food restaurants now offer them.
- Avoid double meat and bacon. A serving size of meat is 2-3
ounces — about the size of a deck of cards. You’re probably getting well
over that with a single meat patty. Bacon is high in calories and fat
with little nutrient content.
- Try the grilled chicken sandwich. Poultry without skin is
significantly leaner than the meats most fast-food companies use in
- Eat your sandwich open-faced. By eating only half the bun, you can eliminate unnecessary calories.
- Try asking for a wheat bun. Some places offer a wheat alternative, some don’t. It never hurts to ask.
- Skip the mayo and other calorie-laden dressings and sauces.
- Drink water, diet soda or low-fat milk. Sodas are loaded with sugars, which have calories you don’t need.
Borrowed from the American Heart Association Website.
Did you know that what your child eats
can directly effect their academic performance. Below are links to
several articles that you can read to support this claim. The right
foods will help our students to be more successful in school!
Brain Food - Improving Children's Academic Performance With Optimal Nutrition