Healthy Eating, Healthy Kids
(Family Features) - Help your kids develop healthy eating habits for life - use these tips from the American Heart Association.
- Involve your kids in cooking and planning meals. Talk about what makes some ingredients better than others.
- Fast food visits are sometimes hard to avoid - so pass on the "value-size." Avoid double meat and bacon. A serving size of meat is 2-3 ounces. Substitute mustard for the mayo and other calorie-laden dressings and sauces.
- Portion size has a lot to do with why our kids are having problems with their weight. Because there's too much of everything on their plates, our kids are getting far more calories than they need daily. Learn how big a portion size really is. For example:
- 1 slice of bread
- 1/2 cup rice or pastas (cooked)
- 1 small piece of fruit (super-large apples are 2+ servings)
- 1/2 cup cooked vegetable or 1 cup raw leafy vegetable
- 2-3 oz. meat, poultry or fish (about the size of a deck of cards)
- Eat dinner together as a family whenever possible. When everyone sits down together, there's less chance of eating the wrong foods or snacking too much.
- Don't reward children with foods such as candy -- find other ways to celebrate good behavior.
- Make your next trip to the grocery store a game. Have your kids look for foods displaying the American Heart Association's heart-check mark. Explain that the foods with the heart-check mark are low in saturated fat and cholesterol. See who can spot the most heart-check marks on your next trip to the grocery store. For more healthy tips and recipes, visit www.americanheart.org.
Learn more about the American Heart Association's heart-check mark and build your free heart-healthy grocery list at www.heartcheckmark.org. You can print your list or download your saved list from your Web-enabled mobile phone or PDA.
As an alternative to chips or cookies, try these Peachsicles for a healthy snack.
Cool your taste buds with this simple, tasty treat from the American Heart Association's magazine cookbook "Healthy Recipes Kids Love."
- 1 8.25-ounce can light sliced peaches in fruit juice, drained
- 1 cup fat-free or low-fat plain yogurt
- 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed (about 2 ounces)
- 2 teaspoons honey
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Cut the peaches into bite-size pieces. Put 3 pieces in each of 4 paper or plastic 5-ounce juice cups. Transfer the remaining peaches to a small bowl.
- Stir remaining ingredients into the bowl with peaches. Pour into juice cups.
- Insert a wooden Popsicle or craft stick into the center of each cup. Cover cups with plastic wrap or aluminum foil, allowing the sticks to poke through the covering. Put the cups stick-side up on a level surface in the freezer. Freeze 3 hours, or until solid.
- To serve, peel or cut the paper or plastic from the frozen pops.
Notes, Tips & Suggestions
This recipe is reprinted with permission from Healthy Recipes Kids Love, Copyright © 2008 by the American Heart Association. Published by Publications International, Ltd. Available at online at www.shopheart.org.
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