Nutrition for the start of the school year

LYSSA: WELCOME BACK TO GOOD DAY KENTUCKY. WITH THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR, FAMILY’S SCHEDULES CHANGE. IT ALSO MEANS HOMEWORK, AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, SPORTS, AND A BUSIER HOUSEHOLD. WELL, JOINING US TODAY WITH SOME EASY IDEAS FOR STARTING THE SCHOOL YEAR IN GOOD HEALTH IS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF SIMPLEMOMS.COM, TERRA WELLINGTON. WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW, TERRA.
TERRA W.: HI LYSSA, IT’S SO GREAT TO BE HERE.
LYSSA: WELL THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK. AND YOU KNOW WHAT, WHAT ARE SOME OF THE WELLNESS CHALLENGES THAT FAMILIES ARE HAVING AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SCHOOL YEAR? WE TRY TO GET ALL THIS SQUEEZED IN TO A SMALL AMOUNT OF TIME. ALL OF THE BUSY WORK THAT WE’RE DOING WITH OUR KIDS AND WITH THEIR HOMEWORK AND ALL THAT. WHAT ARE, I GUESS, SOME OF THE WELLNESS TIPS THAT YOU WOULD HAVE FOR THOSE?
TERRA W.: YEAH, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ASKING. I’M HERE ON BEHALF OF SEVERAL COMPANIES THAT I’LL TALK ABOUT TODAY. AND EVERY PARENT HAS THE CHALLENGE OF MAKING SURE THAT THEIR CHILD GETS THE NUTRITIOUS FOOD THAT THEY NEED TO MAKE IT THROUGH THE DAY AND DO WELL. STUDIES SAY THAT WHEN YOU HAVE THAT HEALTHY AND NUTRITIOUS FOOD THAT YOUR CHILDREN ARE GOING TO IMPROVE ON THEIR LEARNING AND THEIR DEVELOPMENT.
SO WHAT MAKES A HEALTHY MEAL? SO YOU HAVE PROTEIN, WHOLE GRAIN, AND A FRUIT OR VEGGIE AT ITS MOST BASIC. TO HELP ACHIEVE THAT, PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTIONS ARE A GREAT EXAMPLE.
ONE THAT I CAN POINT OUT IS SUNBUTTER, NO SUGAR ADDED. THIS IS A TASTY OPTION FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. YOU CAN SPREAD IT ON A WHOLE GRAIN TOASTED BAGEL AND HAVE FRESH FRUIT. THERE’S SUNFLOWER BUTTER AND JELLY SANDWICHES. IT’S NUT FREE, DELICIOUS, AND SCHOOL FRIENDLY. AND ONE SERVING WILL GIVE YOU SEVEN GRAMS OF PROTEIN. AND MORE VITAMIN, MINERALS, AND PLANT NUTRIENTS THAN NUT BUTTERS.
LYSSA: EXCELLENT, I LOVE IT. NOW, YOU MENTIONED PLANT-BASED CHOICE. HOW ARE YOU SEEING THAT AFFECT FAMILY’S EATING HABITS, AND WHAT TRENDS, I GUESS, WOULD YOU BE SEEING FROM THAT?
TERRA W.: IT’S A BIG TREND RIGHT NOW. 54% OF AMERICANS SAY THAT PLANT-BASED CHOICES ARE GOING TO GIVE THEM A LOT OF HEALTH BENEFITS. SO WHETHER YOU’RE VEGAN, VEGETARIAN, LACTOSE INTOLERANT, OR YOU SIMPLY WANT THOSE HEALTH BENEFITS FROM HAVING MORE VEGGIES IN YOUR DIET THEN RIGHT NOW THERE’S A LOT OF INNOVATION HAPPENING IN TASTY AND DELICIOUS PLANT-BASED FOOD OPTIONS.
ANOTHER EXAMPLE IS FROM DAIYA. THEY’RE NEWLY LAUNCHED, DELUXE CHEESE STICKS AND BURRITOS THAT ARE DAIRY, GLUTEN, AND SOY FREE. THESE FIRST EVER PLANT-BASED CHEESE STICKS ARE AVAILABLE IN CHEDDAR AND MOZZARELLA FLAVORS. THE BURRITOS ARE PACKED WITH SEVEN TO EIGHT GRAMS OF PROTEIN PER SERVING. THEY HAVE WHOLESOME INGREDIENTS LIKE RED QUINOA, AND YOUR SWEET POTATOES, SUN-DRIED TOMATOES. THEY COME IN FOUR VARIETIES AND BOTH ARE REALLY GREAT OPTIONS FOR SNACKS AND LUNCHBOXES.
LYSSA: THOSE LOOK REALLY TASTY. YUM. ARE THERE ADDITIONAL EXAMPLES OF WHAT WOULD AFFECT A CHILD’S SCHOOL PERFORMANCE EVEN IF THE CHILD GETS A GOOD BREAKFAST AND LUNCH?
TERRA W.: YEAH, SO EYE HEALTH IS REALLY IMPORTANT. 80% OF A CHILD’S LEARNING HAPPENS VISUALLY THROUGH THEIR EYES. SO IF THEY CAN’T SEE THE BOARD OR IF THEY’RE HAVING TROUBLE READING, THIS CAN REALLY IMPAIR THEIR ABILITY TO LEARN. SO IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO TAKE YOUR CHILD TO THE EYE DOCTOR EVERY YEAR INSTEAD OF JUST THE SCHOOL EYE SCREENING.
SO IF YOU HAVE UNITEDHEALTHCARE’S VISION COVERAGE IT’S A REALLY GREAT TIME FOR YOU BECAUSE THEY JUST HAVE INTRODUCED AN ENHANCED EYE CARE BENEFIT FOR CHILDREN AT NO ADDITIONAL PREMIUM. THIS MEANS THAT MEMBERS UP TO AGE 13 ARE GOING TO GET A SECOND COVERED EYE EXAM AND ADDITIONAL PAIR OF GLASSES IF THEIR PRESCRIPTION CHANGES. AND THIS CAN REALLY HELP CHILDREN’S EYES BECAUSE THEIR EYES CAN QUICKLY CHANGE AND EYE EXAMS CAN ALSO DETECT OTHER VISION AND HEALTH PROBLEMS. IF YOU GO TO SIMPLEMOMSGUIDE.COM I HAVE A LINK THERE FOR THE COMPANY’S FREE EYE EXAMS AND EYE GLASS DONATIONS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND YOU CAN CHECK THAT OUT AS WELL AS LINKS TO EVERYTHING ELSE THAT I’VE TALKED ABOUT.
LYSSA: GREAT TIPS. THANK YOU SO MUCH TERRA, WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT. AND WE HAVE TO GO TO BREAK BUT THANK YOU FOR BEING WITH US. AND WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK. YOU ARE WATCHING GOOD DAY KENTUCKY.

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