Mommy Makeovers: Lighten Kids' Favorite Foods
Try these healthier versions of family favorites
Do as I Say, Not as I Did continued...
Here are some other interesting tidbits from this study:
- 62% of the women in the survey were put on their first diet before age
- 40% were put on a diet by their parents.
- 83% of the women with BMIs of 55 or higher had dieted more than 11
Other studies have found consistently that youths' attempts at weight
control tend to do exactly the opposite of what they are supposed to do. In
fact, the higher the level of dietary restraint, concern about weight, and body
dissatisfaction among young girls at risk of being overweight, the more weight
they gained between ages 5 to 9, according to a recent study.
Focusing your family on eating and exercising for the health of it is a
healthier way to go, both mentally and physically.
Transforming Kids Favorite Foods
What do macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, and pizza have in common? They're
"kid foods," of course. I don't know how it happens, but somewhere
between making them their first peanut-butter-and jelly sandwich and taking
them to their first play date where they're introduced to macaroni and cheese
(from the box), we find ourselves fixing "kid foods" for the family
meals at least some of the time.
To get your family started on the road to healthy eating, I did a few
"mommy makeovers" to lighten dishes that moms go out of their way to
make because our kids love them. By making a few ingredient adjustments, you
can transform them into healthier options for kids and grownups alike.
I had my suspicions about what these foods were, but I wanted some
professional advice. So I asked a few editors of food or parenting publications
what they thought. Then I did a "mommy makeover" on one dish/recipe
from each editor's list. (I noted these with an *; see the recipes below.)
Andrea Messina, lifestyle director for Parenting magazine, is
convinced that kids like things buttery, cheesy, or fried. She puts pizza*,
macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, and French fries at the top of the