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Making healthy breakfast choices, the most important meal of the day

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Breakfast has long been called the most important meal of the day. But The American Academy of Pediatrics says as many as 12% of young kids don’t eat it. Even more teenagers skip out.

Working in partnership with our parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group, we want to keep you informed about important health matters. So Mike McCarthy explains how to start your family’s day healthy and easily.

Check out your nearest grocery store, and you’ll likely find thousands of choices. I’m not trying to become between doting husbands and their wives wishes…but dietitians say the list of nutrition facts is the place to start.

Jeff Bushmann, clinical dietician said, “Breakfast is crucial especially for students because it gets their brains charged up and ready to learn in the morning and also gets them energy to fuel throughout their day.

Clinical Dietician Jess Bushmann says look out for sugar, specifically added sugar. It’s listed as things like corn syrup, dextrose, and sucrose.

The DCD says Americans get too much added sugar and that can lead to health problems including weight gain, diabetes, and heart disease. Some cereals have a sugary reputation but Bushmann said the amount in some yogurt, along with flavored oatmeal’s and milks may surprise you. “The more ingredients you can pronounce the better,” said Buschmann.

“You find yourself starting to read the labels and then you get discouraged because sugar is in everything,” said shopper Marcia Zand.

Pre-planning, Buschmann says, will help your family. List five meals your kids enjoy. Make sure you include at least three food groups each meal. Consider whole grains and carbohydrates, like bread, cereal, or fruit for quick energy. Protein, like eggs or lean meat, keeps you feeling more full, longer and dairy helps build bones.

“Here you have quick option would be a couple things, avocado toast is very trendy right now but also very good and very nutritious for you,” said Buschmann. “You can swap also out an egg.”

Still not easy enough? She said fruit with peanut butter is an option – to start.

“Healthy eating is harder but absolutely not impossible,” said Buschmann.

It’s never too late to make your grocery store choices, healthier.

The FDA is updating what’s on “Nutritional Facts” labels for foods. Things like the amount of “added sugar” will be included. The government says the changes will make healthier choices easier to see, but it could be a while before you see it. Large food companies have until 2020 to update their packaging.

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