March is National Nutrition Month, so last month was the perfect time for The Motherhood to partner with the Walmart Foundation and Michelle Dudash, registered dietitian and Cordon Bleu-certified chef, to hold a brief invitation-only blogger webinar on the importance of school breakfast and nutrition education.
The Motherhood was compensated by The Walmart Foundation for organizing and hosting the briefing session. Thoughts expressed in this blog post are our own.
We met for one hour online for a brief presentation from Michelle, followed by an in-depth Q&A!
Michelle Dudash, RD, Cordon Bleu-certified chef and author of Clean Eating for Busy Families
Not only is the Walmart Foundation educating families about healthy eating habits, they’ve also announced they’ll be donating $6.7 million in grants to five national nonprofits providing children with school breakfast and helping families develop better eating habits. This is part of their $2 billion cash and in-kind commitment through 2015 to help fight hunger in America, and Walmart’s 2011 initiative to provide customers with healthier and more affordable food choices. How amazing is that?
During the briefing, Michelle talked about the Walmart Foundation’s non-profit contributions and gave us all some great tips for eating better and taking care of our families, even when we don’t have a lot of time! Here are a few of our favorite tips:
- Cook once, eat twice. Cook a big batch of chicken, and you can use leftovers for so many things! Lunches, tacos, soup, etc. Saves you time, dishes and money.
- Take monthly and weekly grocery trips. Stock up on the essentials once a month and then go weekly to pick up produce and proteins you’ll need for the week.
- Look for “Great For You” icons. At Walmart, these icons make shopping SO easy! If a product has this sticker, it means they’ve been checked out for sugar, sodium, fat, etc., and meet the FDA guidelines for healthy foods.
- Get kids in the kitchen. If you have a picky eater, get them to help you prepare dinner. Children are more likely to eat what they have helped you prepare!
- Spring clean your kitchen! Get rid of the things you no longer use, and re-organize so the healthy foods are out in the open. Showcase your produce in clear jars on the shelf in your fridge so you don’t forget about it.
We are so proud to have been able to work with the Walmart Foundation and Michelle to talk with an amazing team of knowledgeable bloggers about better nutrition. Check out what the team had to say in their own blog posts after learning from Michelle:
Diane, Dollops of Diane
Jami, Young Wife’s Guide
Jessica, Look Who Found the Marbles
Mary, Giving Up On Perfect
Ruth, The Better Mom
Sara, Mom Endeavors
Shell, Not Quite Susie Homemaker
Stephanie, A Grande Life
Tésa, 2 Wired 2 Tired
Tiffany, Stuff Parents Need