Dietitian gives advice on healthy school lunches - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Dietitian gives advice on healthy school lunches

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

A local dietitian spilled on the easiest way to pack healthy school lunches Thursday. 

A nutritional breakfast and lunch can make a big difference in your child's academic and athletic performance.

Laurie McCarty provided explanations as to why protein rich foods and balanced meals are best for children. 

McCarty walked through each meal giving tips along the way.

For breakfast she suggests simple substitutions that can make a big difference. An example that she presented is to use peanut butter as a waffle topping rather than syrup. This way your child still gets their waffle and you provide them with carbohydrates which will give them energy. Also, the topping of peanut butter provides protein to keep your child going throughout the school day. 

When packing a lunch for your child, McCarty suggests going through a checklist of all the healthy food groups. These include: grains, dairy, protein, vegetables, and fruits. She says The combination of these five food groups will give your child the nutrition to stay focused and alert in the classroom.

For snacks, students can eat anything they did not eat during lunch. She also suggests snacks that still fall into those five groups mentioned above. Snack suggestions included cheese sticks, carrots sticks, and peanut butter crackers.

Once the kids are home for dinner, McCarty suggests using a crock pot to create healthy meals when the evening is hectic. She also wants to remind parents that preparation is key to a healthy living lifestyle. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Council votes to keep Bay Street business closed

    Council votes to keep Bay Street business closed

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:39 PM EDT2017-09-20 02:39:47 GMT

    An old gas station on Bay Street will stay closed, but future growth on the Hattiesburg corridor is still an option.

    More >>

    An old gas station on Bay Street will stay closed, but future growth on the Hattiesburg corridor is still an option.

    More >>
  • Hattiesburg warns residents of email scam

    Hattiesburg warns residents of email scam

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 10:26 PM EDT2017-09-20 02:26:45 GMT
    Example of scam email Source: City of HattiesburgExample of scam email Source: City of Hattiesburg
    The City of Hattiesburg warned its residents about an email scam making its rounds on Tuesday.  "Today, a Hattiesburg resident made city officials aware of an email scam regarding parking tickets," read the email from the city.  All tickets issued by Hattiesburg's Parking Division are paper and will not be delivered electronically, according to city clerk Kermas Eaton. Residents should be careful to pay attention to any email or phone correspondents asking for pe...More >>
    The City of Hattiesburg warned its residents about an email scam making its rounds on Tuesday.  "Today, a Hattiesburg resident made city officials aware of an email scam regarding parking tickets," read the email from the city.  All tickets issued by Hattiesburg's Parking Division are paper and will not be delivered electronically, according to city clerk Kermas Eaton. Residents should be careful to pay attention to any email or phone correspondents asking for pe...More >>
  • State auditor gives overview of state spending to GOP Women's group

    State auditor gives overview of state spending to GOP Women's group

    Tuesday, September 19 2017 9:13 PM EDT2017-09-20 01:13:39 GMT
    State auditor Stacey Pickering speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.State auditor Stacey Pickering speaks to a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Photo credit WDAM.

    State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented an overview of Mississippi's fiscal spending during a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Pickering spoke about the state's new comprehensive annual financial report. That report and the Legislative Budget Report, just released Tuesday, can be found on the state auditor's website at osa.ms.gov. Pickering said his office is currently engaged in several public corruption investigations, which have led to several arrests in No...

    More >>

    State Auditor Stacey Pickering presented an overview of Mississippi's fiscal spending during a meeting of Forrest-Lamar Republican Women Tuesday. Pickering spoke about the state's new comprehensive annual financial report. That report and the Legislative Budget Report, just released Tuesday, can be found on the state auditor's website at osa.ms.gov. Pickering said his

    More >>
Powered by Frankly