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It can be hard to make healthy eating choices when you are at your most hungry. Like
studying for a test, let’s review a few notes for choosing healthier foods to keep
you focused and active throughout your school day.
Nashville, Ark. – School is in full swing. You are sitting in class and your stomach
is starting to rumble. Finally, the bell rings and it’s time for lunch! But wait a
minute – what exactly are you eating? Whether you are a nervous seventh grader or
a confident senior, without a well-fed mind and body you aren’t going to be at your
best. All kids need to eat a variety of healthy foods to have the energy to do the
stuff you like to do; grow the way you should; and even keep from getting sick. Making
healthy food choices will help you concentrate and absorb all that new knowledge.
It can be hard, though, to make healthy eating choices when you are at
your most hungry. Like studying for a test, let’s review a few notes for choosing
healthier foods to keep you focused and active throughout your school day.
• Drinks count too! Milk, which has been a favorite school lunchtime drink, is always a great choice
because of the calcium it has for building strong bones and teeth. On the other hand,
if you don’t like milk choose water and limit the sodas.
• Think energy. Some foods are better choices than others for maintaining energy during the day. Choose
low-fat proteins, like chicken, beans, or low-fat yogurt and add lots of fruits and
veggies to your meal. They’ll provide the vitamins and minerals you need and the energy
to get through the day. Foods that have a lot of simple carbohydrates, like candy
bars, donuts, and French fries may give you a quick energy boost, but it will fade
fast – which means that halfway through your next class period you’ll be hungry again.
The same is true of drinks filled with caffeine or sugar. You don’t have to cut these
kinds of foods out entirely – just enjoy them in moderation.
• Snacks are good. To keep hunger at bay, take along a healthy snack, like carrot sticks or trail mix,
to munch between classes. Not only will this keep you going, it will also help you
avoid overeating when it’s finally mealtime.
Follow these notes and you will ace the lunchroom test! For more information
on healthy food options, contact the Howard County Cooperative Extension Service at
870-845-7517 or visit our office located on the second floor of the courthouse.
Here is a great snack option. Make it in the microwave and divide into
snack bags to take with you to class.
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 cup margarine, tub-style
1 1/2 cups square, whole-grain corn cereal
1 1/2 cups square, whole-grain rice cereal
1 1/2 cups square, whole-grain wheat cereal
1/2 cup raisins or dried cranberries
In a small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon; set aside. In a large microwavable
bowl, microwave butter uncovered on High about 40 seconds, or until melted.
Stir in cereals until evenly coated. Microwave uncovered 2 minutes, stirring
after 1 minute. Sprinkle half of the sugar mixture evenly over cereals; stir. Sprinkle
with remaining sugar mixture; stir. Microwave uncovered 1 minute. Stir in raisins
or dried cranberries. Spread on paper towels to cool.
Yield: 10 servings
Nutrition information per ½ cup serving: 165 calories, 4 g fat, 210 mg sodium, 25
g carbohydrates, 2 g fiber, 2 g protein
By Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff ChairThe Cooperative Extension ServiceU of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Jean Ince County Extension Agent - Staff Chair U of A Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service 421 N. Main St, Nashville AR 71852 (870) 845-7517 email@example.com
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