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How do you balance your busy work schedule and prepare a balanced diet for yourself and your family?

Shelleyanne Giddings, M.D., is a pediatrician at Kelsey-Seybold’s Cinco Ranch Clinic in Katy. She is not only a passionate advocate for good nutrition and an active lifestyle, she sets a great example for her patients and their kids.

Dr. Giddings uses these techniques for enjoying good nutrition on the go for her own family:

Shop with a Purpose in Mind

“Eating right starts with having the necessary items on hand,” says Dr. Giddings, “so make it a practice to go to the supermarket weekly and focus on produce like fruits and veggies.”

She recommends at least 5-6 servings of fruit and veggies per day, but one can consume as much as they like. Dr. Giddings personally prefers organic dairy and meat products due to the hormones and pesticides that may be found in non-organic products.

Snack Smart

Dr. Giddings says to always avoid sodas and other sugar-laden juices and drinks. When snacking, try the following quick, healthy options:

  • Nuts - walnuts, almonds and pecans
  • Apples or bananas with peanut butter
  • White cheese with fruit
  • Ground mini-wheat cereal mixed with honey on apples

Stir Up Something Light and Delicious

Dr. Giddings’ favorite cooking techniques and go-to recipes can be prepared quickly after she gets home from a busy day treating her young patients.

“I personally cook a lot of veggies and add shrimp to them on top of the stove, since shrimp takes only 3 to 5 minutes to cook,” Dr. Giddings says.

She likes to sauté onions, mushrooms and tomatoes and then adds seasoned shrimp and spinach.

“Then I add organic pasta sauce and serve my creation over whole-wheat pasta,” says Dr. Giddings. “I do a lot of variations on that theme combining different veggies with chicken breast, shrimp and salmon. I also alternate the starches between sweet potatoes, whole-wheat pasta and brown rice.”

Enjoy the Benefits

“I really want to encourage everyone to eat a healthy balance of good, fresh foods,” Dr. Giddings concludes. “Not only will you look and feel better, you and your kids will love how great it tastes!”

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Shelleyanne Giddings, MD

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