Kids and Summer Nutrition

June 9, 2020

 

As we enter the Summer of 2020, we wonder what the future will hold for our families. The
world is navigating unchartered waters because of this global pandemic. What will life be like
after COVID19?


While many aspects of our daily lives have changed, there are some things that will always
remain important to our families. One of them is nutrition.


Prior to this pandemic, finding healthy meal ideas was a parent’s biggest concern. Now, it’s
finding healthy and affordable meals. Amy Kimberlain, RDN, shared her advice on the Health
Channel’s Instagram newsfeed, during “Your 2 Minute Medical Moment.” Amy’s tips include
taking inventory of your pantry, fridge, and freezer as this allows you to meal plan based on
foods you already have. Second, plan your meals for the week and see which ingredients might
overlap. Third, create a shopping list based on your meal plan, and stick to it as this prevents
impulse buying. Finally, shop seasonally and locally in the produce section of your grocery
store. Often, seasonal produce is more abundant and lower in cost.

 

 


Despite experiencing the toss and tumble of how this pandemic has affected us, there are still
ways to keep your kids focused on nutrition. According to Lucette Talamas, a RD/LDN, who
was interviewed by the Health Channel for the Health Insiders show, parents should get their
kids involved meal planning. Ask them to choose the vegetable or fruit of the week. Parents can
be also be nutritional role models. Encourage all your family members to participate in making
healthy nutritional choices. Finally, parents should engage in positive language when discussing
food and nutrition. Say, “do this” instead of, “don’t do that.”


While the Summer of 2020 might be a difficult time for our families, our communities, our
nation, and the world, it’s comforting to know that there will be backyard barbeques, baseball
games, and beach weekends again. And when that happens, we can look back at this difficult
time and say, “We got through this, together.”


For more information on how to keep your family safe, healthy and well, turn to the Health
Channel’s broadcast and multi-digital platforms for a wealth of resources to help you do just that.

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