SD WIC Fun Facts: February 2021
A Monthly Message to Superhero Caregivers from your Sidekicks at SD WIC
Wellness Wisdom: Activities for Building Happy, Healthy Families
Eat Smart for a Healthy Heart
How can you care for your heart? One way is to eat and drink smart. This doesn’t mean you have to diet or give up all the foods you love. It means ditch the junk food, eat foods filled with nutrients like vitamins and minerals, and enjoy what you eat!
- Eat a variety of fresh, frozen and canned vegetables and fruits. Leave out the sauces or added salt and sugars.
- Choose whole grains that are rich in fiber. How do you know if it’s a whole grain? Here are some common whole grain foods: whole wheat, whole grain corn, oatmeal, whole oats, brown rice, wild rice and popcorn.
- Choose poultry without the skin (like chicken and turkey), fish, beans and lean meats.
- Select fat-free (skim) and low-fat (1%) dairy products.
- Cut back on beverages and foods with added sugars.
- Choose foods with less sodium and prepare foods with little or no salt.
- Keep an eye on your portion sizes.
Food and drinks should give you energy, not weigh you down!
Breastfed From the Start: Helpful Tips for Mastering Breastfeeding
Is my newborn getting enough breastmilk?
Baby should be…
- back to birth weight by 2 weeks and gaining 4-7 ounces a week after that.
- having 4 poops a day at least the size of quarter by 4 days old.
- eating 8-12 times in 24 hours.
- relaxed and satisfied after a feeding.
- Feed on demand. Watch baby, not the clock!
- Just because it feels like baby is nursing ALL THE TIME, doesn’t necessarily mean baby isn’t getting enough breastmilk.
- Cluster-feeding is when baby has several feedings close together. This is typical during growth spurts. It doesn’t mean your milk supply is low.
Want to know exactly how much breastmilk baby is getting?
Meet with your WIC health professional, Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, or Pediatrician to check baby’s weight before and after breastfeeding. This will give you an idea of how much breastmilk baby is getting!
Delicious & Nutritious Recipes: Simple, Kid Approved Dishes to Try at Home
Roasted Root Vegetables
- 1 onion
- 1 sweet potato
- 4 carrots
- 5 red potatoes
- 1 stalk of celery
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried dill
- 1 tablespoon oil
- Wash prep area, your hands, and all fresh vegetables. Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Peel onion and carrots. Chop all vegetables into large cubes.
- Place all of the chopped ingredients in a large bowl and toss together with the seasonings and oil until the vegetables are well coated.
- Put the vegetables on any pan with a lip and place in the oven.
- Roast for 30 minutes, then carefully turn the vegetables over. Roast again until the vegetables are tender on both sides, about 20 minutes.
- Serve and enjoy!
Source: wichealth.org Health eKitchen
This post was last updated on January 27th, 2021 at 4:19 PM
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