Money-Saving Ideas For Better Health
- Avoid arguments about high-fat, high-sugar foods by not bringing them into the house. Leave the candy, soft drinks, chips, and cookies at the store.
- Serve water when your child is thirsty. Water is cheap and healthy.
Portion Size for Young Children 2–6 Years Old
Serve child-sized portions, and let your child ask for more. Here are some examples of child-sized portions:
- 1/3 to ½ cup of frozen veggies
- 1 or 2 little cooked broccoli spears
- 5 to 7 cooked baby carrots
- 1/3 to ½ cup of frozen or fresh berries
- 1 cup (8 fl. oz.) low-fat yogurt or nonfat milk
- 1/3 to ½ cup of macaroni-and-cheese, rice, pasta, or mashed potatoes
- 2oz. hamburger
- ¼ cup ground meat such as turkey or pork, browned and drained
Tired of hearing your children beg for sugary, high-fat foods? They may be influenced by too many commercials.
- Limit the amount of time your children watch TV to less than 2 hours a day. Remove the TV from your child's room.
- Find fun activities to do inside and outside your home: play hopscotch, jump rope, walk the dog, play hide-and-seek, or build an obstacle course in the hall.
Eat at Home
Part of having a healthy family includes spending time together. The family meal is a great way for everyone to get together, have a conversation, and eat together.
- Serving meals at home requires planning. Before you do your shopping, sit down and plan your meals for the week. Make a list of all the ingredients you'll need to prepare healthy, balanced meals. When fatigue kicks in and you want dinner on the table fast, your menu is already planned and the ingredients are right on hand.
- Make sure to always include low-fat or nonfat dairy products, fruit, and vegetables.
- Limit the amount of processed ready to-eat-snacks you buy (such as potato chips or cookies). Prepackaged and processed foods are usually higher in calories and fats and often more expensive. For the price of a large bag of chips and box of cookies you can buy the items below
- 1 pound of bananas
- 1 pound of carrots
- 3 pounds of potatoes
- Simplify your schedule for better quality of life. Say no to lessons, teams, and commitments that don't interest you or your child. If you or your child are feeling overwhelmed, consider limiting the number of organized activities your child participates in to one per season.
- Children thrive on routine. Routine meals, naps, outdoor play, and bedtime can make for a happy child who comes to the table rested and hungry for the food you have prepared.
To serve a healthy and balanced meal at home, choose a variety of foods from several food groups. Children need to eat a variety of different foods every day. Use the USDAﾒs Food Guide Pyramid for Young Children to help guide your food choices.
Learn practical tips to help your family find the right balance of eating well and being physically active to maintain a healthy weight. This useful easy to read handbook explains the concept of Go, Slow and Whoa foods, proper portion size, and how to make screen time active time. Community planners or health care professionals may wish to order copies to share with parents at community events, or with patients. The handbook also provides resources for further information on real-life strategies for managing a healthy weight in today's world.
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