Food for thought for parents: meal prep can be simple
As Pinellas schools focus on getting students to exercise and eat right, Skyview Elementary held a nutrition workshop Thursday for parents that featured cooking demonstrations by Publix staffers and these tips from Lynne Stamey, a dietitian at All Children's Hospital:
• Don't let children skip breakfast. Whole-grain toast with low-fat shredded cheese and a cup of cubed fruits, or oatmeal with milk, raisins and almonds are quick, easy choices.
• Takeout or prepared foods can be nutritious too, as long as there are "right" side dishes. A roasted chicken and packaged salad greens from the grocery store will do the trick, or try a slice of thin-crust vegetable or cheese pizza with garden or fruit salad.
• Kids love "brinner" — french toast, scrambled eggs or waffles — for supper. Consider whole-grain waffles topped with low-fat yogurt and fruit, a cheese or vegetable omelet or scrambled eggs with fruit or vegetable salads. Serve with milk.
• Stock these healthy basics: eggs, canned tuna and beans, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables, marinara, frozen chicken breasts, lean ground meat.