Worried About Your Child’s Bulging Belly?
It’s estimated that more than half of all Americans are overweight, and one in five of us is obese. In the 70’s, only about 4% of children 6-11 were overweight, now its over 17%. I became more aware, and began to make some changes.
I was amazed by what I learned and you might be too.
Did You Know?
- Whole milk is actually 97% Fat Free
- That means that it’s only 3% Fat. I thought it was more like 10-20% fat
- Each 1% of fat in milk translates into 5 grams of fat
- An 8 oz. glass of whole milk has 15 grams of fat
- A glass of 2% milk has 10 grams of fat
- Coming in at a measly 5 grams of fat is 1% milk, and
- Just by moving your kids from whole milk to 1% or fat free will save 10-15 grams of fat in each glass. If your kids drink 3 or more glasses of milk each day, it really adds up!
Here’s Another Way to Reduce Calories
- Lose the juice!
- There’s 90-120 calories in those teeny tiny juice boxes. Many kids drink 2-4 each day!
- Switch to water and save hundreds of calories each day and thousands each year.
Reduce Snacks So Kids Eat Better at Meal Times
We’ve become so used to bringing cereal, cut up fruit, and mini bites of sandwiches for our kids that they are never hungry. Yes, yes, I’m a mom too and I know that they get hungry and cranky and a few Cheerios is sure to keep ‘em quiet and occupied, but we’re teaching our kids to eat constantly.
Think about how normal it is for kids to snack in the car on their way to and from every destination. It’s ok to be a little hungry every now and then so that they have an appetite for their next meal.
If you must bring snacks, try to pack veggies, whole or cut up fruit, low fat cheese sticks and some nuts.
- Switch from white to whole grain bread
- Increase your kids activity level
- Get a pedometer, aim for 10,000 or more steps/day. If your kids see that you’re active, they’re more likely to be active themselves
- Serve veggie appetizers first, followed by salad and then the entrée. This leaves less room for additional carbs
- Always begin dinner with lots of salad
- Don’t deny yourself or your kids. Serve dessert 2-3 times/week and make it cut up fruit at least once/week
- Discover new foods. This is a great way to add some adventure into your normal routine while opening your tastebuds to bountiful new things, and
- Add Edamame to your snack and appetizer offerings. By using vegetable protein from these yummy soybeans, you and your kids will feel fuller and be less likely to overeat saturated fat.
You’ve heard it all before, and it’s common sense advice. Making a few changes and slowly incorporating them into your routine will have long lasting effects. Follow some of these great tips, and see the difference for yourself!