Store Food Out of Sight

Store Food Out of Sight

Keep food out of sight until mealtime or snack time. The sight of food makes many children (and adults) want to eat.

Remove easy-to-eat foods from the kitchen counter. Is the cookie jar right next to the telephone? If it is, then your child may reach in and snack while talking to friends. Move the cookie jar to a hard-to-reach spot in the pantry or cupboard.

Keep healthy foods where they will be easy to access. Great foods to keep on hand are fresh fruit, baby carrots, single-size fruit cups, and low-fat yogurt.

Most children older than six years can use a microwave. They may enjoy easy, healthy frozen options such as frozen pretzels.

If Your Child Is Overweight: A Guide for Parents, 3rd Edition. Susan M. Kosharek, MS, RD.

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  • Cook healthy

    Involve your child in the cutting, mixing and preparation of all meals. Even a snack can be healthy.

  • Eat right

    Sit down together as a family to enjoy a wonderful meal and the opportunity to share the day's experiences with one another.

  • Shop smart

    To encourage a healthy lifestyle, get your children involved in selecting the food that will appear at the breakfast, lunch or dinner table.

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