Kid's News: Fruit is #1 Snack for Kids, Cookies "Crumble" to #2!
USA Today reported that fruit is the most common snack for children under 6, and cookies are second. In 1987, cookies ruled and fruit ranked second, according to findings from the NPD Group, a market research firm.
"Moms generally feed their children similar foods to what they were given as children, but they are starting to make subtle changes," says Harry Balzer, a vice president for the NPD Group. "Slowly, mom is saying, 'I'm not giving my kids soft drinks and cookies as much as I was given them as a child. Instead I'm giving them water and yogurt.' "
Recent government statistics show that 32% of children and teens ages 2 to 19 ( about 23 million ) were overweight or obese in 2003-2006 compared with 29% in 1999. The increase is not considered statistically significant.
The types of snacks parents feed their young children is critical because studies suggest snacks account for about a quarter of a child's daily calories, and snacking behavior sets the pattern for lifelong eating habits, says Boston nutritionist Elizabeth Ward, author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Feeding Your Baby and Toddler. "Snacks present an enormous opportunity for good nutrition."
She recommends that parents completely change the way they think about eating between meals and only serve their kids the types of food they would offer at a meal.
Some of Ward's ideas: half a sandwich and a carton of 100% orange juice; bean dip and baby carrots; peanut butter on whole-grain crackers and a small glass of milk; or half a piece of pizza and small glass of milk.
"I know these are not what most parents are used to serving, but these snacks are a great way to teach kids how to eat healthfully when they are young and impressionable," she says. "If you get them in that groove, they won't be heading for the ice cream and cookies for snacks like we did in the '80s."
Read USA Today's full article by Nanci Hellmich here, and take a look at how the top 10 most popular child snacks have changed from 1987-2007, you might be surprised!
Kids LiveWell Program
For more information on joining the Kids LiveWell program:
Phone: (858) 541-2049
Every parents knows the words "eat your vegetables!" all too well. Struggling to get childrent to have the optimal nutrition for their growing bodies is something families must deal with every day. Eating out can be a nightmare when it comes to healthy choices- until now! The National Restaurant Association launched the Kids LiveWell program in collaboration with Healthy Dining to help parents and children select healthy and kid-friendly menu options when dining out. Restaurants that participate in the voluntary program commit to offering healthful meal items for children, with a particular focus on increasing consumption of fruit and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and low-fat dairy, and limiting unhealthy fats, sugars and sodium.
The National Restaurant Association has broken down what the Kids LiveWell program is all about here on their informative website.
Going out tonight to eat and want to start incorporating these LiveWell restaurants into your dining plans? Healthy Dining's team of registered dietitians, in collaboration with the National Restaurant Association, is working with restaurants nationwide to offer you a selection of Kids LiveWell menu choices. The Kids LiveWell choices emphasize lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy, as well as meet stringent nutritional criteria.Now, you can relax knowing that you can easily find healthier choices when eating away from home. Listed are the restaurants that have joined the Kids LiveWell Program to contribute to enhancing the health of our nation's children.
Including favorites like Denny's, Outback, Sonic, and Burger King, this extensive list of participating Healthy Restaurants is sure to amaze and please! With even more to come, like Arby's, Pita Pit, and Muscle Maker Grill- the options are endless! Click here for a full list of participating Kids LiveWell Restaurants!
For more information, check out http://www.healthydiningfinder.com/kids_livewell/index! Explore recipes, diet advice, and more on healthydiningfinder.com's website.
Fun Games to Help Kids Eat Right! - Fruit & Veggies Color Champions!
In today's day and age, using technology is a great tool to teach children how to eat well! Check out this amazing game at http://www.foodchamps.org/ that allows children to interact with cartoon foodie guides! From Fruit and Veggies-More Matters!, Fruit & Veggie Color Champions allows children can color food groups, find recipes, and play games all with the goal of healthy eating in mind!
WebMD FIT Kids!
With fun foodie activities, children can learn to develop a healthy food relationship through this amazing website from WebMD. WebMD FIT Kids has unique features like "Slap Snack" hand games, Food Horoscopes, Eating Tips and How To's, even a wondeful learning slide-show resource here under Kids Food Handbook! The Food Handbook section has information on everything from Quinoa Facts, Foods from Around the World, and even how to tell if you're "really hungry" or not (and SO much more!)
Check out all Fit Kids has to offer on their site http://fit.webmd.com/kids/food/default.htm ! You'll be amazed at all you can teach the family, and even yourself!
When many parents here their child wants to be a vegetarian, they usually see a huge red flag and experience a deep fear, "is my child going to get all they need to grow up and be healthy?" This can terrify parents, thinking their child will grow up on grass and bananas, but this Vegetarian Kids section of Fruits and Veggies-More Matters can help! See helpful topics such as discussing the decision with your child, at risk nutrients, types of vegetarians, and how to educate yourself and your family. Click here for all these great resources on supporting a healthy and happy vegetarian member of the family!
Michelle Obama's Let's Move Campaign Updates!
Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams. Combining comprehensive strategies with common sense, Let's Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. Giving parents helpful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Providing healthier foods in our schools. Ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. And, helping kids become more physically active.
A great Let's Move update is the introduction of My Plate, the USDA's new and improved food icon that serves as a quick and simple reminder to all consumers, built off the 2012 Dietary Guidelines for all Americans. Announced on June 2, 2012, MyPlateis only the first step in a multi-year effort to raise awareness and educate consumers of every age.
For more information on My Plate, head over to www.ChooseMyPlate.gov for tools, "how-to" materials, and more about choices you can make for a healthier family and life. Check out the interactive tools such as customizable Daily Food Plan or Food Tracker while you're on the site!
Click here to read the full article about the My Plate launch and watch an informative video. Also visit http://www.letsmove.gov/ for more information on Michelle Obama's efforts to help fight childhood obesity and shape a healthier America!