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Nutrition and Recipe Information

Pediatric Fitness

Nutrition and Recipe Information

Nutrition plays an important role in a child's overall health. Here are some tips and nutrition ideas for your family:
  • Limit Juice Consumption
    The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children have fewer than six ounces per day.
     
  • Limit Soda Consumption
    Water is always a healthy choice.
     
  • Drink 1% or Skim Milk
    Whole milk has 8 grams of fat and 180 calories per 8 ounces, 2% has 5 grams and 150 calories. 
     
  • Eat 5-a-Day Fruits and Vegetables
    Everyone can benefit from eating more fruits and vegetables, and only 2 percent of U.S. children reach the recommended 5-a-Day.
     
  • Choose Whole Grains
    Grains are an important source of fiber, and eating fiber helps a person feel full longer.  
     
  • Eat Breakfast
    child eating watermelonSkipping morning meals has been associated with poorer school performance and increased cravings for sweets and snack foods later in the day. Breakfast (like all meals) should include some protein, carbohydrate and a fruit or vegetable. 
     
  • Make Healthy Choices at Restaurants
    Some healthy choices when eating out include grilled chicken, salads with low-fat dressing, or a small plain hamburger. Remember that "super-size" foods are often enough calories to feed 2-3 adults.
Recipes
 
The Pediatric Fitness team has compiled a list of delicious recipes that can help your child enjoy healthful meals and snacks.