It’s that time of year again. School supplies are piling high. From crayons, notebooks, and binders to a new book bag and lunchbox, we know you are getting stocked up for the new school year. As you juggle the school supply list and some last minute summer reading, we want to remind you not to drop the ball on your health and nutrition.
This school year we want to remind you to put some extra effort into your lunches. Nutrition is very important not only to your dental health, but also to your overall health. When you head into the grocery store in preparation for the school, consider what types of foods you will be purchasing. Are you taking care of your oral health and choosing nutritious options?
The best source for information on nutrition and how to create and maintain a balanced and healthy Diet is MyPlate, a website from the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We wanted to share with you some of the things we learned from their website.
We hope these helpful facts guide you in what to and not to pack in your lunchbox this school year. A few simple changes can have a big impact.
- Fruits and Vegetables should be half of what you eat everyday.
- Choose low-fat and fat-free dairy products like low-fat cheese.
- At least half your grains should be whole grains.
- Use a variety of lean proteins such as eggs, beans, peas, fish, and poultry.
- Great snacks include fruit and yogurts.
- Avoid excess sugar from sugary drinks.
These few simple tips can not only boost your nutrition, but also help you to boost your oral health. For more oral health care tips, visit our Masters Dental blog or contact us at Masters Dental.