Tag Archive: Sonya Islam

Kids need healthy meals that support ideal growth all through the year. But what makes up a balanced, nutritious meal? Follow the dynamic duo formula below to choose “healthy food adventures” for your family’s upcoming meals! Combine at least two sources of fiber and a healthy protein at breakfast, lunch and dinner to create satisfying, balanced meals. This formula provides long-lasting fuel and necessary nutrients for brain, bone and muscle... View Article

Nov 10 2018

Providing well-balanced nutrition for the family can take practice and time – but what a big payoff! Everyone benefits from healthy homemade meals and a little planning makes mealtime magic easier to bring to life. Your menus can take into account specific preferences and dietary needs. Growing minds can also learn more about food and good health when they’re involved in making homemade meals. Here are a few basics to... View Article

Sep 21 2018

Having a well-stocked kitchen with long-lasting foods can make meal planning easier and grocery shopping simpler. Everything expires in different periods of time, but most of these items will stay fresh for at least two weeks. Think about how more perishable foods (e.g. salad greens, milk) and foods that are on sale (e.g. weekly specials) can be used to supplement longer-lasting items. See below for ideas of how to assemble these ingredients... View Article

Sep 7 2018

When the school year starts, putting together healthy family meals can feel like just another part of the daily grind. Even so, there’s a lot to be gained by making meals at home a priority! There are many benefits to preparing homemade food and connecting over meals. Staying well-fueled Well-balanced nutrition means you’ll have the energy to handle all your other commitments and your kids will stay energized and focused... View Article

Nov 2 2017

Presenting healthy food in a fun or familiar way makes it more likely children will eat it. Here’s a healthy twist on a fun, kid-friendly favorite that provides lots of options for adding to a child’s recommended daily fruit and dairy intake. Healthy Lifestyles Center dietitian Sonya Islam recommends this protein-packed twist on a banana split as breakfast treat, meal or light dessert. Happy (healthy!) eating. What makes this version... View Article

Oct 20 2016

The Nutrition Facts panel is getting a new look! Many consumers find that they are able to use the information on this panel to make informed decisions about food. By July 2018, most food manufacturers will be required to follow new FDA labeling standards, which are intended to give consumers more relevant nutrition information in an easy-to-understand panel format.  The labels may be popping up on grocery store shelves ahead... View Article

Aug 9 2016

For optimal health, it is recommended that children eat at least FIVE SERVINGS of vegetables and fruits per day. Filling HALF of your child’s plate with veggies and fruits – not chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese, but broccoli, green beans or Brussels sprouts – will help your child reach this goal. Providing the veggies, however, is only half the battle. Getting your little ones to choose to eat... View Article

Aug 2 2016

For optimal health, it is recommended that children eat at least FIVE SERVINGS of vegetables and fruits per day. Filling HALF of your child’s plate with veggies and fruits – not chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes or macaroni and cheese, but broccoli, green beans or Brussels sprouts – will help your child reach this goal.  Providing the veggies, however, is only half the battle. Getting your little ones to choose to... View Article

Aug 2 2016