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Improve Your Health: Fast, Easy Foods For Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

At Team MAI, we always are focused on helping students achieve optimum health. Obviously we believe that karate in Encinitas is a great way to provide exercise and body conditioning for kids and teens, but there are also other ways to ensure that your children are as healthy as possible.

A healthy diet can go a long way to improving everyone’s health. While every child’s body is different and some children do have allergies, there are definitely foods that all of us should avoid. This includes candy, soda, chips and other junk foods. Whenever possible, fresh unprocessed foods are top choices. Of course, everyone has a busy schedule and in addition to classes for karate in Encinitas, you have school, homework and other extra-curricular activities taking up your time. Unfortunately, this means that many people don’t have a lot of time to prepare healthy meals.

Some easy, healthy breakfasts might include making a quick fresh smoothie using organic yogurt and frozen or fresh fruit. Add some flaxseed or chia seeds for extra health benefits. A homemade muffin can be loaded with healthy ingredients and prepared ahead of time. Crock-pot oatmeal can be prepared the night before. Scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast also can be a quick, easy option full of protein and whole grains.

If you have the time, making a homemade lunch for your kids also gives you a greater level of control over their daily nutritional intake than you get with a lunch you buy at school. You can create fruit or veggie kabobs, wraps with whole grain tortillas or sandwiches with whole grain bread. Low-fat organic string cheese or cheese slices can be easy to eat. Pasta salad, pretzels, yogurt and homemade mini muffins are just a few other options to consider.

As working parents, we find that dinner can be the most challenging meal of the day. Not only is everyone tired, you have to plan around after-school activities such as karate in Encinitas, soccer, tutoring, dance classes and whatever else is on your schedule. To make it easier, some people make a few meals over the weekend and freeze them for later in the week. Even if you are too busy to cook and just want to grab a pizza or sandwiches, toss together a salad as a side dish to ensure that everyone gets a few fresh veggies. Skip dessert and serve some fresh fruit such as strawberries or watermelon.

These are just a few suggestions that might inspire you to make some healthy changes. A dietician or nutritionist can help you plan out meals that meet the needs of everyone in your family, and a visit to this type of professional can be a great motivator to get the whole family on a healthier track.

While eating healthier is important, exercise also is highly important, especially these days when most people work in sedentary jobs. The best way to incorporate exercise is to take part in activities that you truly enjoy. This is why karate in Encinitas can be a great option for children and for teenagers. They love the challenge of karate and it provides a total body workout that improves strength, coordination and balance.

In addition to karate in Encinitas, try to plan a few fun activities on the weekend that engages the whole family. This could be as simple as running around and playing at the park or heading to your favorite beach and splashing around in the ocean. In San Diego County, there are many easy family hikes to consider and even a day exploring the San Diego Zoo provides plenty of exercise as well as an educational experience.

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