It has been stated by NASA climatologist Dr. James Hansen that it is likely that 2012 will reach a record high global temperature, which makes it that more difficult to eat right and stay cool. Temperature isn’t all that is at a record high; obesity is, too.
Did you know that during the past 20 years there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States?
According to the CDC Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, more than 1/3 of the U.S. adults (35.7%) and 17% of children are obese. This is based on the latest government statistics. This is shocking to see that Mississippi ranks number one with 34%; West Virginia is second at 32.5%, and third is Alabama at 32.2%. Maybe that is contributed to our wonderful southern foods that all love and that brings folks from around the world to enjoy our great southern cuisine.
Below are some great tips and snack ideas to keep you and your family hydrated and slimmed down for the summer and to keep that beach body.
Snacks are a critical part of your toddler’s diet. Eating between meals provides your toddler with the nutrients she or he may not get from his or her meals.
Rice Cake Sandwiches
Rice cakes are a low-fat toddler-friendly food that is fun to eat because they crunch and make satisfying noises when eaten. Not all your children will like these, but try putting peanut butter on them or let your kids create their own masterpieces.
Bagels with Dippers
Mini whole-wheat bagels are a good size for your toddler and will supply several grams of fiber and other nutrients. Peanut butter or other nut spreads, honey, cream cheese or plain yogurt spiced with cinnamon are great for on the go, picnics, trips to the zoo or doctor’s office, and they are all healthy options for toddlers.
Fresh fruit is always a nutritious snack choice for your toddler; creating a face out of fruit is a fun way to encourage your child to eat up. Use kiwi slices as eyes, a grape as a nose, and a banana sliced lengthways as a smile. Cut strawberries into ears and use blueberries as hair. Also, you can build your own melon manor out of a watermelon.
Frozen Yogurt Pops/100% Juice
Serving yogurt as a snack increases your toddler’s intake of protein and calcium. Serving yogurt as a frozen pop is an entertaining way to encourage your child to consume this nutritious food. Scoop your child’s favorite yogurt into a frozen pop mold and freeze until solid. Run the mold under warm water to loosen the pop and offer your child one for her next snack. You can do the same thing with juice; let them choose their favorite flavor and freeze.
While it’s always a good idea to stay hydrated, it’s especially important when the temps of summer start rising. Whether you’re spending your vacation camping and hiking, at the beach, or just doing more outdoor daily activities like biking and walking, keeping hydrated is always a must.
Eat your water – Chowing down on water-filled foods like watermelon, oranges, strawberries, apples and grapes is an easy and refreshing way to keep hydrated.
Swap soda for water – If you’re trying to kick a soda habit, water is a healthy alternative.
Hydrate before exercising – Be sure to drink plenty of water before exercising to maximize your workout.
Even when working indoors, it’s important to keep the fluids handy. If you are working outside, keep a bucket with water and ice near you and drink as often as you can.
Just make sure that you are taking in enough fluids and that you do not over exhaust yourself in the heat; the more you sweat, the more likely you are to become dehydrated.