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Good Nutrition on the Go
Shelleyanne Giddings, MD, is a board-certified pediatrician at Kelsey-Seybold who not only is a passionate advocate for good nutrition and an active lifestyle, but she also 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 five to six servings of fruit and veggies per day.
Dr. Giddings says to 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 and 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,” she 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, or 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, but you and your kids will love how great it tastes!”
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