As the parent you have an important job of providing your kiddos with healthy food options and that job starts at the grocery store. We have all probably done this before, you are running around and realize you need food for dinner, you are overly hungry and run to the store...uh oh!!! This is a recipe for a disaster!
While it may not always be avoidable we want to encourage all parents to go to the grocery store at times when they are feeling strong and healthy so they will then in turn choose healthy options for their family.
Also, be prepared when you go to the store. Think about the days ahead, determine which days you will be able to cook and go to the store with a shopping list in hand of the items you need. Stick to that list because once you start going off the list next thing you know you will look down to a cart of snacks that come in a box (the healthy snack options don't come from a box) and sugary or salty "extras".
Finally, most grocery stores are designed with the essentials and healthier options around the perimeter of the store so keep that in mind as you go up and down those interior aisles. Stay around the edges as much as possible and don't even bother taking a trip down the snack/cookie aisle!
I have found that if I can Shop Strong that I offer healthier options through out the week. If I Shop Weak, then I spend the entire week fighting my will power at home. Make it easier on yourself and Shop Strong!!
How to Shop STRONG!
1. Avoid shopping while hungry
2. Make a list and plan the coming days meals
3. Shop around the edges of the store
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*This post is written by Megan Reilly a registered dietitian and co-owner of Tippi Toes Dance Company.
Sometimes attending Oklahoma State University can have a larger impact on students.
OSU alumna Brittany Friske graduated with an accounting degree in December of 2007, but said she has always had a passion for dancing.
"I started dancing when I was 3 years old and danced all my life really," Friske said.
After answering a classified ad while she was a student in 2006, Friske began teaching dance classes for the Tippi Toes dance company in Stillwater. This part-time job soon became a full-time career for Friske. Since July of 2010, Friske has been the franchise owner of the Stillwater and Tulsa area dance company Tippi Toes.
She said finally realized her true calling when she started at Tippi Toes.
"I was an accounting major but probably should have been an early childhood major," Friske said. "I just realized that was not for me."
Early childhood education would have been a useful major for Friske, but she said that as a franchise owner, earning a business degree was a smart move.
"I'm having to do all of the business side for everything," Friske said. "All of the business classes at OSU definitely prepared me to own my own business. Definitely the background helps me now."
Tippi Toes travels to preschools and community centers to offer dance classes to children ranging from ages 18 months to 12 years old. Most classes in Stillwater are at the Stillwater Community Center, where they will also have their recital in May, Friske said.
"We focus on bringing dance to the kids," Friske said.
Although Friske lives in Tulsa, she still returns to Stillwater frequently.
"I get to come back and visit dance classes over there periodically," Friske said. "It's kind of cool that I still have a connection to OSU. We've been in Stillwater from almost the beginning. We can watch the company grow."
Tippi Toes also has locations in Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Texas.
On Sunday evening, creators of Tippi Toes Sarah Nuse and Megan Reilly appeared on ABC's reality business show Shark Tank.
"They sent an e-mail to the show to see what would happen," Friske said. "They were contacted back in August to see about being on the show."
More information about Tippi Toes can be found on their website at tippitoesdance.com, or by contacting Brittany Friske at 918-361-4134.
Although Friske is no longer a college student, she said she will always have that connection to OSU.
"My whole experience there, I loved every minute of it," Friske said. "I just love that I have an excuse to come back. Stillwater is a great little town."