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Butterfly PlaySchool gets a dose of our Wellness @ School Program!

March 26, 2017

It is never too early to start building a positive relationship with healthy food and setting the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and we’re glad that Butterfly Playschool in Riyadh agrees!

 

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Big smiles from Nesreen, founder of Butterfly PlaySchool and Nadeen, Cofounder of Healthy Happy Us after a successful day!

 

It was definitely a highlight planning and implementing our Wellness @ School program in this beautiful little preschool lead by an amazing woman, Nesreen Tillo and her talented team of staff members.

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Discover the powers of BANANAS!

October 17, 2016

This article was originally written for sayidaty.net  by Nadeen Haidar, a dietitian at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise center in Lebanon. 

 

No one can dispute the amazing nutritional benefits of Bananas. A medium banana (7 inches) contains 105 calories making them the perfect snack. On average, 1 banana gives his 12% of our fiber needs and the type of fiber found in bananas helps regulate blood sugar and makes us feel fuller for longer. They are also a good sources of potassium and magnesium, two nutrients that are very important to heart health. In fact, studies show that a potassium-rich diet can help lower blood pressure, and people who eat plenty of potassium have up to a 27% lower risk of heart disease! Also, studies show that eating a banana several times a week may reduce the risk of kidney disease by up to 50% because of their high potassium content.

 

Bananas are also a great asset to any kitchen – they can be incorporated in so many recipes and are easily carried around making them a convenient on-the-go snack. Here are a few ideas to add more bananas to your diet this summer:

Banana recipe 1: Ice-cream 

A healthier version of ice-cream that your whole family will fall in love with.

Delicious and light banana ice cream recipe

Delicious and light banana ice cream recipe

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The 6 Foods for a Sharper Brain at School

September 30, 2016

This blog was originally written for 360moms.net by Rola Ghaddar US Registered Dietitian and Co-founder at Healthy Happy Us– a nutrition and exercise center in Beirut, Lebanon. Click here to check the original post. 

It’s September, a new school year has started! With the right food for the brain you can make this year the best for your children. We know how hectic pre-school preparation can get but don’t forget to stock up your fridge and cabinets with food that boost brain power. Here are 6 components to help your child stay alert and energized during school hours.

Water

Staying well hydrated is one of the most important factors to prevent fatigue and promote concentration during school time. Water is the best beverage you can give your child, and if you want to add a little twist to regular water, you can add a slice of lemon, mint, orange or any other fruit or vegetable. (more…)

Back to School: Healthy Lunch Box Secrets

August 15, 2016

Back to school season may be as overwhelming for the kids as for the mother, but there is always a way to get your child back into to school spirit in no time! We can start by ticking one thing off the list and it’s to make sure your child takes a lunch box that provides a healthy and balanced meal for a full day’s worth of energy.  This post is written by Baraa Sabbagh, US registered dietitian nutritionist, sports dietitian, personal trainer at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and exercise diet center in Lebanon.

 

Before Leaving Home

Start the day with a power packed breakfast: It should contain a mixture of carbohydrates for stable blood sugar, proteins for sustained energy and a source of good fat for essential fatty acids. This will help the child focus until snack or lunch time. A toasted whole grain waffle/toast with 1 Tbsp. nut butter and a cup of milk makes a great option.

 

Peanut Butter Sandwich and Milk

Peanut Butter Sandwich and Milk

 

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The War: Mother vs. In-Laws

May 24, 2016

Every parent should make sure their child is receiving a complete diet that is sufficient for their child to grow optimally physically and mentally. If the child is under-eating, then the child will suffer either from vitamin and mineral deficiencies which affect the brain or from improper height and muscle growth. However, if the child is overeating, the fat stores can cause problems such as lowered immunity, diabetes risk, cardiovascular disease risk, and more importantly emotional hardship growing up. If you are not sure if your child’s diet is complete or not, please contact us to help you make sure your child gets all the right mix of nutrients for their optimal growth. 

This post is written by Mirna Sabbagh, IBCLC and Nutritionist Dietitian at Healthy Happy Us, a nutrition and sports diet center in Lebanon.

  

 

That being said, if you are sure your child is eating properly and growing properly for their age then you should be confident in your choices such as avoiding giving children extra food or unhealthy snacks. This will not stop well-meaning family members to comment about your child’s weight or height even if they are growing perfectly

That time of the week with the in-laws!

That time of the week with the in-laws!

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Breastfeeding in Lebanon: Let’s Stop the Violations!

March 02, 2016

Breastfeeding makes the world healthier, smarter and more equal! According to a new Lancet series, the death of over 800,000 children and 20,000 mothers can be prevented only by BREASTFEEDING, not to mention the US $300 billion of economic savings. 

 

So, What About Breastfeeding Rates? 

The breastfeeding rates in many countries around the world including Lebanon are declining decade after decade. Studies in Lebanon showed that only 14.9% of infants are being exclusively breastfed until the age of 6 months. Whereas the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding until the age of 6 months and starting solids after that while continuing breastfeeding until 2 years or above. This means only 1 out 7 women in Lebanon are exclusively breastfeeding until 6 months. Now that is a low rate! 

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