Tips, Tools and Activities
They say “April showers bring May flowers,” but what are you supposed to do when those showers prevent you from playing outside? Think of some of your favorite activities you like to do when it is raining. Whether you’re playing volleyball with a balloon, hide and go seek, board games, or building a fort, there are many things you can do inside while it is raining. Don't let April rain on your parade—continue to have fun as a family in unique ways!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! Though we may be sleeping at night, our brain is always working, it may be in a lower power mode, but it is continuously using energy. When we wake-up in the morning, it is important to refuel our brain and get our body energized to start the day. Every morning try to squeeze a little bit of each food group into your meal to ensure the whole family is starting their day off with all the nutrients their bodies need. Some breakfast ideas include: smoothie with bananas, spinach, milk, oats, and nut butter; nut butter on whole wheat bread or corn tortillas; or eggs with toast, fresh fruit and a glass of milk or plain yogurt.
Play Every Day
April is one of the best months to start a garden around the United States! There are many things you can grow, whether your garden is a window box in your apartment or a plot in your yard. Both indoor and outdoor gardens, small or big are perfect for growing fresh herbs! Some great herbs you can grow anywhere include: basil, rosemary, mint, oregano, bay, and cilantro. A larger garden can grow fresh fruits and vegetables, such as strawberries, green beans, peppers, tomatoes, leafy greens, zucchini, cucumber in the mid-west, and cherry tomatoes, carrots, sweet pepper, snap peas, summer squash and garlic in the southwest. Take some time and look up the best foods to grow in your area. Gardening is a great way to stay active, while learning about where our food comes from!
Q: Is it healthier for us to be eating gluten-free?
A: A diet free of gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley and oats, was originally created for people living with celiac disease. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that causes individuals to have adverse reactions that affect the function of their intestines because of the gluten protein. These individuals, along with anyone that may be gluten intolerant or allergic to gluten, should refrain from eating gluten. The rest of the population shouldn't avoid these gluten-containing items because of the nutrients and fiber that these grains provide us. As well, most gluten-free products are higher in fat and sugar to make the products taste like their gluten-containing counterpart. When making healthier food choices, you should not limit certain food groups; instead, focus on consuming a variety of foods.