Eat This, Not That for Kids
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A menu detailing a week’s worth of kid-friendly weeknight meals will
enlighten parents about which weeknight standbys should stay and which should
go. For example, the book recommends a meal of meatloaf, roasted asparagus,
baked sweet potato and Jell-O over one consisting of chicken casserole, baked
potato, roasted asparagus and Italian ice. Also included are 10 kid-friendly
recipes made healthier, including macaroni and cheese, pepperoni pizza, nachos,
fettuccine Alfredo, and chicken strips with honey mustard.
The book also contains reference charts that detail which nutrients kids
need each day, divided by age group and including calories, fat, saturated fat,
sodium, carbs, fiber, and protein.
Eat This, Not That for Kids: What You Can Eat
Eat This, Not That for Kids includes these eight simple rules for
- Never skip breakfast.
- Snack mindfully on healthy snacks.
- Watch your portion sizes.
- Drink water and milk, and fewer sweetened beverages.
- Eat more whole, less-processed foods.
- Eat meals together as a family.
- Kick the sugar habit.
- Eat a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.
The "Eat This, Not That" food pyramid excludes tortillas, pasta,
pancakes, anything with partially hydrogenated oil, and heavily sweetened
cereals. Yet the rest of the book includes foods with these ingredients, which
is confusing. (It's also probably not realistic to exclude so many kid
favorites.) For example, Campbell’s Spaghetti-Os, a pasta dish, is on the cover
as the preferred choice over Kraft macaroni and cheese.
The book alerts parents about nutrients often missing in kids' diets, such
as calcium, vitamin D, iron, vitamin E, and fiber, and gives tips on how to
fill these nutritional gaps with foods and beverages kids enjoy.
In their "report cards" on 43 restaurant chains, the authors
generally gave points for healthy meals that had less than 500 calories, less
than 20 grams of fat, and 500-800 milligrams of sodium. They deducted
points when the choices were limited and unhealthy.
Only 11 chains scored a 'B' or higher, and 6 flunked for their kids'
offerings. But even for the restaurants rated "F," the authors offer
survival strategies that sometimes include foods from the adult menu.
Chick-fil-A earned the award for America’s healthiest chain restaurant for
kids; Subway and Wendy's also got A's. Other winners included:
- Boston Market
- Jamba Juice
- Panera Bread
Chains that flunked include:
- Outback Steakhouse
- Olive Garden
- Red Lobster
- TGI Friday’s