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Scene FitnessBY TROY HUGGETT, M.S. & ANDREW MARTINOur kids are eating too much junk. And who can blame them? Junk food tastes great.The good news is that healthy food also tastes great. Here are simpleways to help your kids eat healthier: Choose Whole Foods – Processed foods are the biggest problem with our modern diet. Packaged and refined food products are devitalized and filled with empty calories that quickly lead to weight gain. Unfortunately, processed foods make up a large portion of the dietof many children.Offer your kids whole foods, ratherthan packaged ones. Whole foods are foods that are in their natural state. An apple. A piece of sprouted grain bread spread with natural peanut butter. A piece of hormone-free chicken. A bowl of beans. You get the idea.Add Color – Adding bright and col- orful fruits and veggies to your child’s plate will get their diet on the fast track to health. Fresh fruits and veggies are filled with fiber, vitamins, and minerals that are essential to good health.Make it fun! Serve veggies with salad dressing as a dip. Cut fresh fruit in the colors of the rainbow and place them on a skewer. Serve a color themed meal – all green, all red or all orange. Use your imagination and you’ll come up with an endless number of ways to make fruits and veggies fun to eat.Make Smart Substitutions – Kids love pizza, and pasta, and peanut but- ter and jelly sandwiches, and that’s not going to change any time soon. Rather than fight your kids on their favorites, try making smart substitutions to make their favorites more nutritious.• Pizza: Up the nutritional content ofyour pizza by opting for wheat crust over white, adding veggies to the toppings and sticking with lean meat toppings. You could even make “Piz- za Eggs” by adding marinara sauce, cheese and pepperoni to an omelet and avoid the crust altogether.• Pasta: Make spaghetti with veggie noodles.Want your kids to eat healthy?• PB&J: PB&J, made with white bread using sugar-filled peanut butter and corn syrup-filled jelly, is fairly void of any real nutritional value. Instead make a PB&J with sprouted grain bread, pure peanut butter (with only peanuts and sea salt), and fruit-only jelly. This will provide real whole- some fuel for your child’s day.Ban Sugary Drinks – one of the best things that you can do for your child’sgood health is to instill in them a love for water rather than sugary drinks. Soda pop, juices, smoothies, and blended cof- fee drinks are filled with empty calories that cause weight gain.The easiest way to do this is to stock your house with lots of pure, filtered wa- ter. Don’t have fruit drinks or soda pop readily available so that they grow ac- custom to drinking only water.While I presented these tips as im- provements to be made to your child’s di- ets, these tips will also do wonders for your diet. Practice these tips for 30 days and I guarantee you’ll look and feel better.Parents all want good things for their children. Now how about doing some- thing good for yourself as well? You are your child’s biggest role model on how to live, for better or worse.Treat yourself right and get started on an exercise program that will change your life for the best. Call (269) 967-6300 or visit for details.BACK-TO-SCHOOL I SCENE 4308 33

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