I am the first to admit I indulge in sweet honey every now and again, but I am determined to eat better in the New Year and encourage parents to teach their kids about healthy eating habits. Here are some simple tips, provided to me by one of our pediatricians, to get you started:
- A child’s food portion is much smaller than that of an adult. One kid serving should be about the size of your child’s fist.
- Keep an eye on portion sizes for pretzels, popcorn and crackers, since the salt in these snacks can stimulate the appetite.
- Instead of granola or energy bars, give your kids fruit slices, vegetables or string cheese.
- When your children insist on cookies, chips or candy, give them the 100-calorie packs of their favorite snacks.
- When it comes to soda, it’s best to “can” the stuff. Did you know that one 12-ounce soda contains 10 teaspoons of sugar and 150 calories, far exceeding your child’s recommended daily limit. You can’t go wrong with milk or water.
I sure hope these simple tips will help get you and your family off to a healthier 2009!