Pick of the Month: Eat This Not That For Kids!
By Allison O'Connor
Moms, we all struggle with feeding our children healthy and nutritious foods. And from time to time, we fall prey to the lures of the fast-food restaurant around the corner for an inexpensive, quick snack or meal, or toss prepared, processed foods into our grocery cart.
But did you know that some of your kid’s favorite foods may also be the worst for them?
- Burger King’s Double Cheeseburger and Kids Fries has 740 calories, 42 g fat (17 g saturated fat, 4.5 g trans), and 1,410 mg sodium.
- Macaroni Grill’s Kids Macaroni ‘n’ Cheese has 600 calories, 31 g fat (20 g saturated fat), and 1,720 mg sodium.
- Oscar Mayer Maxed Out Turkey & Cheese Cracker Combo Lunchables has 680 calories, 22 g fat (9 g saturated fat), 1,440 mg sodium.
If you’re not sure how your kids favorite foods stack up with the recommended daily requirements, this chart, courtesy of Eat This Not That For Kids! will help:
What Our Kids Need Each Day
|1-3 Years||4-8 Years||9-13 Years||14 – 18 Years|
|Calories||1000-1400||1400-1600||1800-2000 (B)||2200-2400 (B)|
|1600-2200 (G)||2200 (G)|
|Fat||33-54 grams||39-62||62-85||61-95 (B) 55-78 (G)|
|Saturated Fat||<21-16 grams||<16-18||<20-24(B) <18-22(G)||<24-27(B) <22 (G)|
|Fiber||19 grams||25||31 (B) 26 (G)||38 (B) 26 (G)|
|Protein||13 grams||19||31 (B) 26 (G)||52 (B) 46 (G)|
In the book Eat This Not That For Kids, you will find startling examples of just how bad some of our kids favorite foods are for them. Not only has the calorie content skyrocketed, but so has the amount of sodium, fats, and preservatives. The book points out healthy and tasty alternatives your kids will enjoy and you will feel better about.
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