At New Image camps, the nutrition program is designed to give campers the ability to lose weight along with the necessary tools to keep it off over the year. The program includes a sensible meal plan, based off the “My Plate” guidelines. We focus on portion control, balancing all food groups, and proper nutritional principles. We also try to make it interesting and intriguing so our campers get excited to eat right learning how to. Here are some ways that eating healthy is fun:
1. Grocery Shopping: When eating right, a good idea is to go to the grocery store. Whether you’re alone, with a friend, or a parent, it’s important to go so you can pick out the products you want and think you’d enjoy. You get to choose from many options and see everything that’s there. Instead of depending on your parents to get the groceries you need, you can take the initiative to do so yourself so you know you’ll eat it later that week. While planning your week, you know what’s stocked in your kitchen and you can look forward to eating the healthy foods you bought.
2. Cooking: Cooking your meals is another way to have fun and ensure making the right choices. Restaurants drown their plates in oils, salts, and other fattening products, regardless of what the dish is. When cooking the meals yourself, you control everything that goes into it. This includes the delicious vegetables, lean protein, oil, and salt. Cooking is fun, easy to take on, and a really important skill to acquire. Why not start now!? You can also refer to the New Image Camp Booklet that we sent you home with for the correct serving sizes, measurements, and guidelines. You can become a master of the kitchen, cooking nutritionally balanced and delicious meals.
3. Getting Creative: Between going grocery shopping and cooking your own meals, you can have a lot of fun getting creative with the healthy meals and snacks that you make. Trying different combinations, creating an amazing substitution for a not-so healthy meal, and making up a new dish are all fun ways that you can get creative. Take risks, try new recipes, or make your own! You can copy or base some of your new recipes off of the ones we have at New Image Camps!
4. Trying New Things: Along with getting creative, making good choices gives you the opportunity to try new foods, like fruits, vegetables, proteins, seasonings, herbs, and sauces. Give a new cuisine or dish a try! People sometimes believe that healthy eating can get boring. Prove them wrong by switching it up and trying knew foods. There is always a new food trending these days, so keeping up with it would also encourage you to try new foods!