Eat This, Not That for Kids is not a diet book, but a wake-up call to
parents to start feeding their kids healthier foods. After the wildly popular
Eat This, Not That book, aimed at helping adults make smarter food
choices, authors David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding followed with this
One of the book's most shocking revelations is just how much fat, calories,
sodium, and sugar are lurking in many favorite kids' dishes. Did you know, for
example, that the average kid's meal at Outback Steakhouse has 93 grams of fat,
or that the healthy-sounding turkey minis and fries kids' meal at Ruby
Tuesday’s has 893 calories and 47 grams of fat?
Editor's Note: Food Pyramid Replaced
In June 2011, the USDA replaced the food pyramid with a new plate icon.
The basic idea behind Eat This, Not That for Kids is that by making
simple substitutions for their children's favorite foods, parents can improve
their kids' diets. For example:
Instead of a Cosi’s Kids pepperoni pizza (911 calories and 43 grams of
fat), choose two slices of Papa John’s pepperoni pizza (440 calories) or a
grilled cheese sandwich (357 calories).
Instead of McDonald's Chicken Selects Premium Breast Strips (400 calories,
23 grams fat), order their 8-piece Chicken McNuggets with Apple Dippers and
caramel dip (355 calories, 15.5 g fat).
Instead of Krispy Kreme's Powdered Cake Donut (290 calories, 14 g fat), opt
for four Original Glazed donut holes (200 calories, 11 g fat).
Instead of 16 Wheat Thins (140 calories, 6 g fat), give your kids 6
Triscuits (120 calories, 4.5 g. fat).
Eat This, Not That for Kids: How It Works
The heart of Eat This, Not That for Kids is the comparisons for foods
commonly found in restaurants, at the grocery store, vending machine, and
school cafeteria. Foods on the left side of the page (the "Eat This"
side) are recommended over similar foods on the right side (the "Not
But don’t be misled into thinking that all foods labeled "Not That"
should be avoided, or that all the foods on the "Eat This" side are the
best choices. The recommendations are often based on what might be called the
lesser of two evils. At first glance, this can be confusing -- especially when
you see healthy foods like Horizon organic fat-free vanilla yogurt on the
"Not That" side of the page.
"We tried to compare apples to apples, so not everything on the 'Eat
This' side is meant to beat out everything on the 'Not That' side. So, for
example, in the yogurt section, our comparisons are for like yogurts, so we
chose the best and worst example of strawberry yogurts," explains co-author
Goulding, a former chef and a Men’s Health health and nutrition
In the section on sauces, for example, Classico roasted red pepper Alfredo
sauce (120 calories and 10 g fat per 1/2 cup portion) is among the choices on
the "Eat This" side; Ragu Light Parmesan Alfredo (280 calories, 20 g
fat) is among those on the "Not That" side. Although one sauce is
better than the other, neither of these two would likely be recommended by most