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Healthy Eating for School-Age-Kids


​Getting school-age kids to eat a diet that has less fat and cholesterol can be a challenge. Here are some tips for healthier eating for your children. Serve low-fat or no-fat milk, yogurt and cheese. Starchy foods help the body use fat and cholesterol, so include small amounts of potatoes, pasta and rice in your meals.  But, avoid high-calorie toppings including butter, sour cream and gravy. Instead, try cottage cheese, grated parmesan cheese, or low-fat yogurt as toppings. Serve lean meats, such as white meat chicken or turkey, lean cuts of beef or pork and fish. Cut away fat and remove the skin from poultry. Offer vegetable-based and broth-based soups, instead of cream-based soups. Cook with vegetable oils like canola, corn and olive oil. Don’t fry. Instead bake, broil or grill. For after-dinner sweets, choose fresh fruit or angel food cake and save heavy desserts for special occasions.  These tips will help you and your family enjoy both good taste and good health.


​The above script is part of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) radio series 'A Minute for Kids,' which airs weekdays on WBBM-AM in Chicago, IL.
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