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Explore Georgia: Tybee Island Tips No One Tells You About

Ever wonder how can you maximize your visit to Tybee Island? We have gathered the best insider tips so you can plan a dream trip to one of the most unique places you'll ever visit. BEST PLACE TO LAY DOWN YOUR TOWEL Park near the Tybee Beach Beach and Pavilion ( Tybrisa St, Tybee Island, GA 31328) use the bridge  in front of the Tybee Island Marine Center  turn right and walk towards the rock formation close to the sand dunes. This portion of the beach has a smoother sand, lots of shallow areas that are perfect for little kids to bathe safely, is less crowded, and because it's close to the sand dunes you will see a large variety of seaside birds.

Children's Healthcare Of Atlanta Shares Nutritional Tips for Healthy Back To School Lunches and Snacks #S4LMom

On Tuesday, July 30 the Strong4Life team met with several Mom-to-Mom Bloggers for a lunch-and-learn, and discuss ways to provide kids with a healthy lunch. Wendy Palmer, a dietician at Children's, showcased samples of lunches from local school cafeterias as well as examples of healthy bagged meals from home.

Children invited helped identify healthy vs. non-healthy foods ... because there are a couple of items that might surprise you! 

For example drinking one can of regular soda every day for one year equals more than 70 cups of sugar, while one 20 ounce bottle of regular soda contains as much sugar as 18 cookies. Eww! 

If you want happy and healthy kids, please think about what goes in their plate. Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein foods contain the nutrients you need without too many calories. 

The key to choose the best food to put on your child's lunch-box is to always read the nutrition facts on the food label. Don't be fooled by words like vegetable, organic, or natural. Just because something is labeled as “good for you” it doesn't necessarily mean it's healthy. Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals and choose the foods with lower numbers. 

Making sure your child's bagged-meals are healthy and balanced shouldn’t be a hard thing to do if you learn to follow a few basic nutrition standards that support a better health for our kids. When you are packing your child's lunch always make sure you are taking the following precautions: 
  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
  • Switch to skim or 1% milk.
  • Vary your protein food choices. 
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains.

  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
    Is really all about letting kids enjoy the food they love however they must learn to eat less, and avoid over-sized portions.
Our take on school lunches: 

One of my little bluebirds favorite bagged-meals are salmon burgers in a whole wheat bun. Instead of using mayonnaise I like to make a low fat spread that consists of fat free sour cream, avocado, spinach, lemon peel, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. I blend all the ingredients in the food processor until it has a smooth consistency. My daughter likes a little bit of arugula on top, while my youngest not so much. This is why I like to blend vegetables and incorporate them in different ways. When it comes to drinks I usually buy those 100% juices that are a blend of different fruits and vegetables. The kids say they taste just like a regular juice and you cannot detect the taste of vegetables in the juice. Watch out for the sugar content. Some brands have twice the amount of what it's recommended. So again, read, read, read. For snacks, we like low fat, low sodium baked chips, fresh fruit, and those 90 calorie snacks that are everywhere. 

Do you have a favorite bagged-meal? Please share it with us. I would love to hear your ideas for easy and healthy back-to-school lunches. 

*Some photos provided by our friends at Strong4Life. 


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