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Sinclair Cares | Preparing healthy meals

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Breakfast has long been called the most important meal of the day.

But the American Academy of pediatrics says as many as twelve percent of young kids don't eat it.

Even more teenagers skip out.

Mike McCarthy explains how to start your family's day healthy and easily.

Check out your nearest grocery store.

And you'll likely find thousands of choices.

“Breakfast is crucial especially for students because it gets their brains charged up and ready to learn in the morning and also gets them energy to fuel throughout their day.”

Clinical dietitian, Jess Buschmann says look out for sugar.

Specifically added sugar.

It's listed as things like corn syrup, dextrose, and sucrose.

The CDC says Americans get too much added sugar and that can lead to health problems, including weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease

Some cereals have a sugary reputation.

But Buschmann says the amount in some yogurt...along with flavored oatmeals and milks may surprise you.

The more ingredients you can pronounce the better.” Says Jess Buschmann, clinical dietician.

Pre-planning, Buschmann says, will help your family.

She says list five meals your kids enjoy.

Make sure you include at least three food groups, each meal.

Consider whole grains and carbohydrates, like bread, cereal, or fruit--for quick energy.

Protein, like eggs or lean meat, keeps you feeling more full, longer.

And dairy helps builds bones.

She says fruit with peanut butter is an option to start.

And she says it's never too late to make your grocery store choices, healthier.

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