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What is fiber anyway? What are some healthy snacks for power learning? Where can you find online tools to help you fuel? Learn these answers and more right here in our Nutrition Corner.
What Is Fiber Anyway?
Fiber that we eat is known as dietary fiber and it comes mostly from plants. It is important to eat fiber even though our bodies are unable to break it all down during digestion. Dietary fiber strengthens the muscles that keep food moving through our bodies and helps move waste out of our body. Foods that include dietary fiber are whole grains such as barley, brown rice, oatmeal, popcorn, whole wheat, beans and peas, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and most fruits.
For more information about fiber, visit the National Agricultural Library website: https://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/fiber
Many people are choosing to eat plant-based meals to compliment a healthy lifestyle. However, not all plant-based foods are healthy choices. With some planning, it is easy to combine plant-based foods throughout the day that contain important nutrients like protein, vitamins, and minerals. Pre-planning your meals can help you meet your daily nutritional needs based on your age, weight, and amount of physical activity. A good way to get started on planning healthy plant-based meals is to visit the Nutrition.gov website: https://www.nutrition.gov/topics/basic-nutrition/eating-vegetarian
Healthy Snacking For Power Learning
Did you know healthy snacks can give you energy when you are hungry between meals? Power up with snacks like low-fat yogurt, baby carrots with hummus (bean dip), fruit and nut trail mix, or sliced banana with peanut butter. Visit the Kids in the Kitchen page on Nutrition.gov for tips and recipes for healthy snacking.
Fueling With Breakfast
Did you know that starting the day with a healthy breakfast can help you stay focused and energized while learning? Choose snack options with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and protein to maximize the healthy eating benefits. Visit Nutrition.gov for healthy breakfast recipes to enjoy with your family.
Healthy Eating Q&A
Want to know how to eat better and maintain a healthy diet?
Nutrition experts Dr. Patrice Armstrong and Colleen Sideck, from the National Agricultural Library's Food and Human Nutrition Information Center, answer questions and provide tips and resources for eating better and maintaining a healthy diet.