Vogue writer Dara-Lynn Weiss's controversial article about putting her 7-year-old on a strict diet is making waves. While the reaction to Weiss's extreme approach was mixed, most parents can agree that they would never ignore a doctor's recommendation to take action on their child's health and well-being.
Here are five easy kitchen and nutrition updates that every family can make, whether weight loss is a pressing issue or not.
- Get More Greens: There's sure to be something that appeals to even the pickiest little taste buds with these five easy ways to make veggies more fun for kids.
- Cook at Home More: We all know the feeling — in theory, we want to cook for our families, but in reality, there aren't enough hours in the day. Try to make a little extra effort this month, though. Your slow-cooker is a great place to start, as it allows busy moms to put together a meal in the morning and let the appliance work its magic while you're at the office or running carpool.
- Eat a Healthy Breakfast: Ditch the sugary cereal or to-go granola bars and get the whole family's day off to the right start with a well-balanced, nutritionally-rich breakfast. All it takes is a little advance planning the night before to spice up your family's morning routine.
- Don't Eliminate Dessert: But do give it a makeover. Jessica Seinfeld's mint chocolate chip ice cream is packed with pureed spinach and Greek yogurt, and 3-ingredient Smudgies are dairy and cholesterol free, contain no added sugar, and taste like an ice cream sandwich.
- Make the Kitchen the Hottest Hangout in the House: Instead of keeping the kitchen off-limits to kids, invite them in to explore. Healthy cooking playdates are a great way to get your lil ones comfortable with trying new things, and adding a little adventure into what they're willing to eat. Keep cut-up fruit and veggies stored at kids' eye level so that they can help themselves to a healthy snack instead of the standby chips and cookies.