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Tips for parents to create healthy meals

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.

Tips for parents to create healthy meals 11/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, November 13, 2010 3:31am]
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