-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas
SUNDAY, Aug. 25 (HealthDay News) -- A healthy diet can help
students excel in school, a registered dietitian says.
One of the best ways to jump-start a successful school day is to
provide children with a nutritious morning meal, says Debby
Boutwell, a clinical dietitian in the division of nutrition therapy
at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
This doesn't necessarily mean serving traditional breakfast
foods, however. For school children, Boutwell recommends a
breakfast that includes high-fiber grains, fruit and dairy
products. Here are some options:
Children should be having even more nutrient-rich foods for
lunch, to help them stay alert throughout the day, Boutwell
advised. She noted that using the website, myplate.gov, can help
parents pack healthy lunches for their children. Half of a child's
lunch should be fruits and vegetables, and at least half of the
grains eaten at lunch should be whole grains, Boutwell said. Fats
and sweets should be kept to a minimum.
Among Boutwell's other lunchtime tips for school children:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides
more information on
school nutrition for children and teens..
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