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
Skipping 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.
The Pediatric Fitness team has compiled a list of delicious recipes that can help your child enjoy healthful meals and snacks.