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Revamping cooking for kids
An_246851 posted:
My two daughters, 10 & 8, stay with their dad for the summer and with me during the school year. My 8 year old is overweight and has gained more weight this summer. I already cook semi- healthy dinners every night, avoid take out and fast food, limit screen time, and I have her in gymnastics. She is active and rides her bike every day. We don't have soda in the house, but I do have snack foods (chips, crackers, etc.) I think the snacks are ok in moderation (I don't want to be a hardliner on sweets and junk food - I've seen kids who rebel and go crazy on this when they have the opportunity). But I just read the book Eat This Not That for kids and it's opened my eyes that what was ok for me growing up may not be ok for kids. So I'm going to make some swaps and if anyone else has tips for healthy kids cooking and packed lunches, I would appreciate it:

Caprisun -> swapping to low calorie gatorade
White bagels -> mini bagels
Cin Toast Crunch -> cheerios or kix
Potato Chips -> baked lays
Granola bars -> fiber one bars
Rice -> couscous (they won't eat brown or wild)
potato-> sweet potato
pasta -> ? this is something they love- especially the boxed mac n cheese. they don't like homemade so can't do whole grain pasta
canned green beans and corn -> lower sodium
little debbies -> mini rice crispie treats
1% milk -> skim
subs-> wraps
lunchables -> make my own with turkey pepperoni, weight watchers string cheese and Kashi crackers

Finally, my husband and I eat a lot of main dish salads in summer, but I feel like I go back to the rice/potato/pasta and meat dinners when they're here. I am going to do big salad night once a week and they're going to have to deal with it.

Any other ideas? I'm hiding the snacks for lunchboxes in my bedroom closet too. Our rule is if you're hungry eat an apple. Fruit is always allowed.

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