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?


For example: 

  • 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)
Sodium 1000-1500 mg 1200-1900 1500-2200 1500-2300
Carbohydrates 130 grams 130 130 130
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. 

So, before you pull into your favorite fast food restaurant, or stroll the aisles of the grocery store, read Eat This Not That For Kids; SingleMindedMoms.com pick of the month.          


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