Store Food Out of Sight

tomatoes on kitchen counter

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 6 years can use a microwave. They may enjoy easy, healthy frozen options such as frozen pretzels.

Reprinted from If Your Child Is Overweight: A Guide for Parents, 3rd Ed.

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