Have you ever seen those babies that are so chunky that they just have rolls everywhere?
That was my middle child.
I’ve been worried about his weight since the day he was born and now that he is six, I’m still worrying.
He recently had his six year check-up and one of my main concerns was his weight. When I mentioned it to our pediatrician, she wasn’t concerned one bit. Although she mentioned that he was in the 90th percentile, he was not considered obese and was a healthy weight.
Talk about a weight off my shoulders!
We started talking about nutrition (which was her main concern) and I was happy to hear that we were doing mostly everything right. Although my son is chunkier than most children his age, it surely isn’t because he has an unhealthy diet.
To ensure that my children eat a balanced diet:
We start every day with a hearty, healthy breakfast. It’s important to include a protein, fruit or vegetable and a whole grain product. My children love egg whites, whole wheat toast with Nutella and a fruit of their choice, usually strawberries, raspberries or blueberries.
We snack in between meals. I know it sounds like a big no-no, but you can make healthy snacking choices. Some of our favorites are a handful of almonds, string cheese, fruit, yogurt, veggies with hummus, etc. As long as you make wise choices, snacking can be healthy.
We eat a ton of lean protein. Turkey and chicken is seriously my BFF and can be used the same way you use beef. I also use legumes and grains in place of a meat in several meals a week. It’s added fiber and I really don’t miss having the meat.
In addition to all the above, the most important thing to making sure your child maintains a balanced diet is to limit what makes its way into your home. Keep healthy choices readily available at eye level so that you can help teach your children to make healthy choices.
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