Preparing Light But Balanced Meals for Kids
Many today would agree that portion sizes are out of control, and adults are realizing that they don’t need to feed their children the large meals that are becoming somewhat standard in many homes. However, cutting back on portion sizes and the amount of food your children eat shouldn’t include cutting out healthy choices and needed nutrition.
It can be a challenge to get kids to eat foods that are healthy and to encourage them to eat the portions that are healthy, but it can be done with some planning and preparation. One thing to consider is that your children may not get a portion of every single food group in every single meal, but if you think of how to spread out those foods over the course of your day, this will ensure their nutrition.
As an example, you may want to add some lettuce and tomato to a tuna fish sandwich on whole wheat bread for their lunch; the lettuce and tomato will help to fill them up. Then, at dinner have unsweetened applesauce as a quick dessert so they have both fruits and vegetables throughout the day.
Typically condiments such as mayonnaise and deep friend foods are problems with a child’s nutrition, so get into the habit of grilling lean cuts of meat such as skinless chicken breasts. Experiment with different marinades for added flavor. Rotate the vegetables you serve as a side dish, including a small tossed salad. These will ensure your child is full and never hungry but is getting nutritious meals and not lacking in those needed vitamins and minerals as well.