BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - A local dietitian says it is okay to let your children have a sweet treat once in awhile. Registered local dietitian Mallary Whipple's breakfast rules might surprise children in a good way, as they head back to school. Whipple says it’s okay to eat Lucky Charms in the morning, in moderation.
Maybe spoil your children on their first and last day of school. Otherwise Whipple says, each meal shouldn't have more than 10 grams of sugar and there should always be more grams of protein.
Whipple said, “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, the kids need it to focus. Definitely want to make sure there's a whole grain coming from that breakfast.”
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Whipple said, “We also have the white whole grain bread which looks like a white bread, tastes like a white bread, feels like a white bread, but it has but it has whole grain quality, extra vitamins, minerals, fiber, extra protein.”
It's also good to eat something high in protein like eggs or Greek yogurt. And while you're having breakfast at home, Whipple says, “It’s also a great idea to get opportunity, to get healthy fats in with nuts. A lot of schools are nut or peanut free.”
When it comes to lunch, make it fun. Use a cookie cutter to make appealing sandwiches.
“Then some type of a dip; Kids love to dip yogurt, hummus, guac dip,” said Whipple.
Moderation is key. Remember that and Whipple will give you an A plus on your nutrition report card.
What are the best brain foods? Experts say blueberries, beets and spinach will pump your brain with all of the right nutrition to keep you and your children focused and energized throughout the day.
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