What's the buzz this week? A nonprofit organization has released a report about the calories in kids meals! From the top 13 chain restaurants. The report card was not too good for most of these restaurants. But really, are you surprised?
With just a little planning you can find out the calories for most of the major restaurants. If your like most families, you probably frequent 2 or 3 that are convenient for those family outings. Most restaurants have their nutrition information for their menus listed online under some kind of "nutrition" heading. Print out the menu and review it with your kids. Pick out some food choices that are lower in calorie. Help your child begin to think about "larger burger" skip dessert, maybe they will need to play in the backyard or do something active to burn it off. Everything in balance.
But make it an enjoyable experience so look over the menu of your favorite restaurant on a Sunday afternoon not right before you are going to go there.
If your child is overweight or if your child is not overweight, they are in the process of forming habits. All children need to learn about nutrition.
That means they need your help in learning how to make healthy choices now. You are their best role model...afterall. Would you teach math to person right before they are about to look for a job? No, math gets taught when kids are young, over time because it takes time to build that foundation. Nutrition is the foundation subject for good health. Kids need to learn it over time so they too build a strong foundation to help them make better lifestyle choices now and later.
But, I know I always say this, but it is so true. We have got to make it fun. Why? Otherwise, they will not want to learn about it. They will associate bad memories with the topic and shy away from it. We have to be smart like the high sugar companies. We have to make it fun and enjoyable.
Perhaps it is easier to say than do! but what if I told you that if we don't start to help our children form better habits:
Send me your ideas and suggestions. I am committed to helping you make nutrition fun for your family.