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Healthy Eating Habits
The morning rush before school is a hectic time for many parents and students. But in the early morning chaos, it`s important for students to find time to eat breakfast.
"If their minds are on their stomach they really can`t focus on what the instructors are trying to teach them," said Nicole Enzminger, a licensed registered dietician at Sanford. "If they had a more balanced breakfast with some protein and some fruit and some cereal then that could sustain them for a long time."
Before classes start it`s a good idea to check online what the school`s serving for lunch, that way if students don`t like what`s on the menu, they can pack a lunch. For those packing a sandwich for lunch, Enzminger recommends using whole wheat bread or whole grain white bread and adding some fruits and vegetables on the side.
"Fruits and vegetables help to provide a lot of color to the meal which it makes it more interesting and different colors of fruits and vegetables provide benefits for your health," Enzminger said.
But Enzminger says the key is to introduce your children to these healthy options at home so they`re more likely to eat it at school.
Enzminger says it`s important for parents to establish good-eating patterns for their children since kids usually have their eating habits set by the time they`re six-years-old.