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HVP March 2018

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Page 26 of 39 n Hudson Valley Parent 27 children. "Cutting up slices of fruit as eyebrows, using blueberries as eyes and a slice of banana as a mouth can go a long way in adding appeal to a plain piece of fish," he says. 4. Whole grains. "Whole grains such as oatmeal, hummus, brown rice or even popcorn, digest slowly and provide the body with long lasting energy," says Kelly Bennett, a nurse and mother in Hopewell Junction. They are also a great source of fiber, which according to Dr. Garvey, is something most children do not get enough of in their diets. Fiber promotes healthy digestion and keeps kids full longer. Whole grains also provide B vitamins, iron, and magnesium. 5. Eggs. "Eggs are an excellent source of choline for strength of cell membranes," says Goldhirsch. "A healthy cell membrane creates a healthy cell by keeping nutrients in and toxins out." Choline also aids in memory development. Eggs are one of the few foods that naturally contain vitamin D. My own children love having breakfast for dinner once a week, and we are able to create our own healthier version of a deli egg sandwich. 6. Yogurt. As long as you are mindful of avoiding varieties with added sugars, yogurt is a great option for kids. "Yogurt provides calcium, which is important for healthy bones and teeth, as well as B vitamins," explains Koenig. Yogurt is also full of good bacteria which promotes a healthy gut. Goldhirsch notes that yogurt may also lead to improved sleep, and may help with hyperactivity and muscle spasms or cramps. Dr. Garvey suggests buying or making a soy yogurt as a dairy free option. 7. Healthy fats. "Healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocado, or extra virgin olive oil improves brain function and memory. They act as antioxidants to protect against cell damage, maintain healthy skin (Continued on Page 28) What you can create within these boundries is endless Register now for Spring Art and Media courses • 845.471.7477 Formerly Mill Street Loft + Spark Media Project THE ART EFFECT - Contest begins March 5th SEND YOUR CHILD TO SUMMER CAMP FREE! S U M M E R C A M P S W E E P S T A K E S Sponsored by: and more camps to come Reserve March 18th to meet some of the best camps in the area. Poughkeepsie Galleria Center Court • Noon til 3pm Enter for your chance to win a FHUWLéFDWHtowards summer camp.

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