Parents’ Potluck: Tips on Raising Healthy Kids
Top parenting tips from WebMD members.
6. How can you take your kids grocery shopping without going bonkers?
- I do my best to have a list arranged by aisles in the store, and to have my
coupons in the order of the aisles -- anything to avoid extra time at the
- I use an online grocery delivery service.
- I go straight to the toy aisle and get my son a toy. Then I put it
back at the end of the trip -- when he's not looking!
- I collect a bunch of twist ties in the fruit and vegetables section.
The boys make them into monsters and vehicles and play with those while
- I love shopping with my kids. They read labels and compare prices. I
teach them how to pick nice produce and meat, and how to check expiration
dates. People who have problems shopping with their kids should raise their
expectations and start teaching their kids more about it.
- I leave my daughter with her Dad.
7. When you’re on the go, is eating healthy possible – even at a fast food restaurant?
- We take apples and bananas, crackers, cheese cut into cubes, diced ham,
grape tomatoes, and water. We travel a lot, so we've tested just about
everything. We want healthy, not too messy, and agreeable with tummies
in the car.
- [In fast food restaurants], instead of fries ... lots of times my daughter
will ask for a salad with apple slices.
- I bring snacks, but when we're traveling, there is enough other stuff to
plan out. I don't sweat a few meals at McDonald's in order to bring down
the stress level and make our trip more fun!
- Sandwiches, peanut butter and crackers, fruit, veggie sticks, nuts, and
cottage cheese cups. The more protein, the better satisfied the kids
are. If all they eat is empty-calorie foods, they're hungry all the
- When we do stop for fast food, it's such a rare event that no effort is
made to make the experience healthier -- if my kids want fries, then they
shall have them!
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