As America’s Nutrition Expert®, Mitzi is a nationally recognized nutrition and fitness expert who has inspired millions to get fit, being named one of the “Top 20 Nutrition Experts to Follow on Twitter” by The Huffington Post.
She is an author, influencer (with over 3.3 million Pinterest followers) and sought-after, trusted source of information. Mitzi co-authored The All-Pro Diet: Lose Fat, Build Muscle, and Live Like a Champion with NFL Hall-of-Famer, Tony Gonzalez. She was the team sports nutritionist for the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals for 11 seasons, the Kansas City Chiefs for over 8 seasons, and for the Golden State Warriors. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and two daughters.
During the holidays I recommend serving kids the same foods you serve adults. As a Registered Dietitian, I believe it’s important for kids to eat a wide variety of foods to explore new flavors, textures and nutritional benefits. You don’t want to spend the holidays in the kitchen being a short order cook and making the kids their individual meals! Try implementing this as soon as possible, incorporating some of their favorite foods like corn or fresh fruit as needed, and pair with Juicy Juice Fruitifuls Organic which provides 45% less sugar* and half-cup fruit per 8 oz. serving. Stick to this strategy and in time you’ll make mealtime easier all year round!
*Versus the leading juice. Juicy Juice Fruitifuls contains 15 grams compared to the leading juice at 28 grams of sugar.
When it comes to long family car rides, whether it’s a weekend adventure or road trip to holiday celebrations, pack easy on-the-go food and drink options that are filled with flavor and nutritional benefits. Prepare a cooler with individually packed nut mixes, yogurt pouches and apples slices to provide powerful protein and antioxidants that will keep the kiddos satisfied and immune system strong (especially important during cold and flu season!). Pair the snacks with Juicy Juice Juicy Waters to help keep the kids hydrated without added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Having these snacks and drinks at the ready will help prevent detours and unwanted stops at the rest area food court, helping you get to your family fun adventure even sooner!
When it comes to the Halloween sugar rush, you can balance your kids’ sugar intake with other better-for-you snacks and beverages. Serve Juicy Juice Juicy Waters during trick or treating or classroom parties, it has no sugar, no sweeteners and keeps kids hydrated during all Halloween festivities. Also, serving fresh fruit as a snack or dessert gives the sweetness they’re craving but also provides powerful antioxidants and boost kids’ immune systems. They can always be arranged as a fun themed fruit tray too, like these. Overall, the most important thing to know when it comes to Halloween is to have fun with your little one and let them eat candy in moderation. It only happens once a year…
When it comes to making better food choices for your kids, there are small swaps you can make to reduce their sugar and preservatives intake while adding more nutrients to their diet. For example, use whole wheat bread instead of white bread, organic milk instead of conventional, Juicy Juice Fruitifuls Organic instead of juices that contain added sugar or sweeteners, and nitrate-free deli meats instead of meats with preservatives. Always aim to eat clean foods that are made with few, simple ingredients that are easy to pronounce.
As a registered dietitian and parent, I know how important it is to keep school lunches interesting so kids don’t get bored. Parents should feel confident knowing they packed a meal that tastes good and is good for them! My recommendation for keeping lunch exciting is to pack the most colorful lunchbox with various fruits and vegetables. You hear about eating a rainbow of colors on your plate and the same goes for filling your kids’ lunchbox! Colorful fruits and vegetables add powerful antioxidants to your kids’ lunch which can help keep their immune system strong. You can even make it a goal to pack all the colors of the rainbow in one meal – a few favorites include sliced watermelon, strawberries, apple, oranges, baby carrots and broccoli. And don’t forget the beverage – Juicy Juice Fruitifuls Organic juice boxes also packs 3/8 cup of fruit in every box and comes in juicy apple, berry cherry, orange strawberry banana, and fruit punch.
An important part of building a perfectly packed lunchbox is making sure to include all the key food groups in order to provide protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and a great beverage for proper hydration. My go-to lunchbox meal for kids includes:
- Turkey or ham sandwich on whole wheat bread for protein and whole grains
- Combine it with hummus and carrots for a tasty serving of veggies
- Add grapes, which are tasty and full of powerful antioxidants
- For a drink, Juicy Juice Juicy Waters will help hydrate your kiddo with no sugar or artificial sweeteners
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4 Easy Tips to Fuel Your Kids for
Back To School from a Registered Dietitian
After a long summer break, back to school time gets busy quickly for both parents and kids. While kids prepare for a new year of academics and activities, parents must prepare nutritious snack and lunch options that will keep kids going even on their busiest days. Luckily, there are a handful of better-for-you snack, meal and beverage options on the market that offer nutritional benefits and taste that kids love and parents can feel great about serving. Here are my top suggestions for parents to keep their kids fueled as they embark on a new school year:
Take your kid to the grocery store with you at the beginning of the school year and allow them to choose 2-3 of their favorite fruits for their lunches or to have as a snack after school. Fruit is important for kids to properly fuel up. Also, encourage them to try one new fruit that they don’t typically choose. Making kids part of the decision making process is a great way to create healthy habits and try new foods!
Try incorporating protein into your kid’s lunch and snacks. Protein is important to a child’s diet to help them grow, build muscle and keep their immune system strong. I recommend new Juicy Juice + Protein, one of the first juice-protein blends on the market for kids; it’s perfect for snack time or between meals, throughout their busy days.
Make sure you include a variety of quality carbs, healthy fats, protein and fiber into your child’s after-school snacks for optimal fueling. One of my favorites for kids – my teens love it too – are peanut butter (or almond butter) and banana sandwiches with honey on whole wheat bread. Pro Tip: it’s also delicious toasted!
Lower-sugar juice options are ideal to avoid consuming too much sugar while also hydrating in a tasty way. A favorite of my two girls is new Juicy Juice Fruitifuls Organic, which is made with 45% less sugar than the leading juice while still providing half a cup of fruit in each 8 oz serving. It works well paired with nutritious meals before, during or after the school day.