My children are skinny and active. They’re fine.

“He’s like a horse…he needs to be run.”

“She has so much energy, i can’t keep up.”

So your child is skinny and active.  They are off to a great start!  How is this child’s diet?  Does this mean he or she is exempt from consuming the proper balance of nutritional food?

Let me put it this way.  Halle Berry has diabetes.  (And it’s not genetic.  It’s from her diet growing up.)  Enough said.

The problem is that what foods your child eats now, is what they’ll eat later on.  They are simply developing their taste buds.  Have you ever tried switching the brand of milk, string cheese or eggs and they flip out on you?  You may think they have good metabolisms and will “burn it off”  but if you aren’t feeding them nutritious food within your budget and teaching them how to cook, you aren’t teaching good habits.  They may not be as active as they are now, when they’re older.

Their eating habits are being influenced by everything around them.  Whatever breakfast you send them out the door with counts.  The hot lunch at school counts.  The pajama pancake Sunday mornings with butter and syrup, count.  Does anyone use Bisquick anymore?  I hope not. There are so many great flour options for pancakes- brown rice, buckwheat, oat flour.  Try putting more blueberries in than batter next time.

Whether they eat at home or at a restaurant doesn’t matter as much as you think it might does.  It is what they are actually eating that counts.  They could be eating a box of Kraft mac and cheese with an ice cream drumstick at home… or… Edamame with sea salt and sushi out at a restaurant.

Or, in contrast, they could be eating buttery, greasy mac and cheese and a huge sierra mist at The Cheesecake Factory… or… they could be eating homemade lemon chicken rice soup at home, with some fresh strawberries afterwards.

Don’t short change your skinny, active child.  He or she deserves the best too! All kids do!  And chances are, you’ll eat better too.  I see what you eat after they go to bed.

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2 Responses to My children are skinny and active. They’re fine.

  1. Vinny Grette says:

    What a great article. I’ve never tasted Edamame yet myself – what am I missing!

    • Well thank you so much 🙂 Edamame is great for when you’re feeling “snacky.” It’s a power food so go for it. I love that California Pizza Kitchen puts it in their kid’s mac n cheese.

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