Healthy choices for food

Healthy choices for food. (WPEC)

Breakfast has long been called the most important meal of the day.

But the American Academy of Pediatrics says as many as twelve percent of young kids don't eat it.

Even more, teenagers skip out.

Working in partnership with our parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group, we want to keep you informed about important health matters.

So Mike Mccarthy explains how to start your family's day healthy and easy.

Check out your nearest grocery store and you'll likely find thousands of choices.

“I don't deviate from our list,” says Jack Elder, shopper.

I'm not trying to become between doting husbands and their wives wishes. But dietitians say the list of nutrition facts is the place start.

“Breakfast is crucial especially for students because it gets their brains charged up and ready to learn in the morning and also gets them energy to fuel throughout their day,” says Jess Buschman, Clinical Dietician.

Buschmann says to look out for sugar.

Specifically added sugar.

It's listed as things like corn syrup, dextrose, and sucrose.

The CDC says Americans get too much-added sugar and that can lead to health problems

Including weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease

Some cereals have a sugary reputation.

But Buschmann says the amount in some yogurt...along with flavored oatmeals and milk may surprise you.

“The more ingredients you can pronounce the better,” says Buschman.

“You find yourself starting to read the labels and then you get discouraged because sugar is in everything, says shopper Marcia Zand.

Pre-planning, Buschmann says, will help your family.

She says list five meals your kids enjoy.

Make sure you include at least three food groups each meal.

Consider whole grains and carbohydrates, like bread, cereal, or fruit, for quick energy.

Protein, like eggs or lean meat, keeps you feeling more full, longer.

And dairy helps build bones.

“Here we have quick option would be a couple things avocado toast is very trendy right now but also very good and very nutritious for you,” says Buschmann. “You can swap also out an egg”

Still not easy enough?

She says fruit with peanut butter is an option--to start.

“Yes, healthy eating is harder but absolutely not impossible,” she says.

And she says it's never too late to make your grocery store choices, healthier.

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