Making healthy choices for your family’s meals can be hard, but with a few essential building blocks of nutrition, we can make it easier! Sanford fit uses the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a source of reliable information on nutrition and healthy eating for families. We also gamify food choices by using a stoplight model with kids. With so many options for food and drinks, it’s important to stop and think about what foods and drinks do for your body and brain. Let’s talk about it!

What does it mean to make nutritious food choices? The first step to understanding the impact of nutrition is to understand what a nutritious choice consists of. At fit, we use something called the Stoplight Model to understand the different nutritious choices you have:

Keep in mind, there are no good or bad food choices, but there are options that have more nutrition than others. Food is your body’s fuel and fueling up with nutritious foods will make your body and brain feel amazing! Try to have a balance of complex carbohydrates, fats, and protein in your diet.

What do nutritious food choices do for our bodies and brains? Different foods and drinks do different things for our bodies and brains! Have you ever considered what each food group provides for you?

You might not know it, but different colored foods provide different nutrients to your body, too!

Talk with your family about the benefits of eating nutritious foods to empower them to make healthy choices on their own. Keep it simple with kids under 5 years of age and start introducing more complex topics like reading labels and choosing portion sizes with older kids. Learning to make nutritious choices with your kiddos is a journey, so start small by incorporating a few nutritious options at a time. With time, a positive attitude, and a little help from the kids, you’ll be making more nutritious choices than ever before. Just do your best, remember that fed is best, and don’t forget to drink your water!

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