Wednesday, July 4, 2007

A healthy well-balanced diet

A healthy well-balanced diet
If you are concerned about your child's weight, encourage a variety of fresh, nutritious foods in his or her diet.

Starchy foods which are rich in complex carbohydrates are bulky, relative to the amount of calories they contain. This makes them both filling and nutritious. Sources such as bread, potatoes, pasta, rice and chapatti should provide half the energy in a child's diet.

Instead of high-fat foods like chocolate, biscuits, cakes and crisps, try healthier alternatives such as fresh fruit, crusty bread or crackers.

Try to grill or bake foods instead of frying. Burgers, fish fingers and sausages are just as tasty when grilled, but have a lower fat content. Oven chips are lower in fat than fried chips.

Avoid fizzy drinks that are high in sugar. Substitute them with fresh juices diluted with water or sugar-free alternatives.

A healthy breakfast of a low-sugar cereal (eg wholemeal wheat biscuits) with milk, plus a piece of fruit is a good start to the day.

Instead of sweets, offer dried fruit or tinned fruit in natural juice. Frozen yoghurt is an alternative to ice cream. Bagels are an alternative to doughnuts.

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