Children take in more calories when they eat meals or snacks prepared outside of the home, such as at fast-food restaurants. When this happens, children don’t get the right amount or mix of nutrients to help them grow and be healthy. The average person eats outside the home four or more times per week – that’s 18 meals per month! Dining out can really take a toll on your child’s diet and overall health. Fortunately, most eating places have healthier options, plus there are other things you can do when eating out to help your child eat better. Eating with children at restaurants comes with it's own set of challenges, but also provides opportunities to introduce your children to variety of new healthy foods. Try these tips the next time you enjoy dining at a restaurant.
Eating with children at sit-down restaurants providesopportunities to introduce your children to a variety of new healthy foods. Try these tips the next time you enjoy dining at a sit-down restaurant.
Keep healthy GO snacks on the GO! Bring fresh fruit or low-fat cheese and whole-grain crackers with you. When your child says he or she is hungry, provide a healthy snack. This way you won't feel compelled to ease your child's hunger by making a drive-thru run.
Adapted from: Teacher and Family Connections Curriculum: A Supplement to the All 4 Kids program
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