What Dietitians Really Feed Their Kids
Have you ever wondered what dieticians put on their children’s plates at home? They may talk about counting calories all day at work, but do they follow the same advice when the patients are gone?
You may be surprised to learn that dieticians are often flexible with their kids’ diets:
1. Splurges are allowed. Dieticians understand that everyone wants a treat, and kids are especially difficult to ignore when they want a sweet.
- Even dieticians let their kids have the occasional splurge at home. They don’t forbid sweets or junk food forever. They simply restrict how much and how often their children eat these foods.
- Dieticians know that putting certain items on a forbidden list will make them more enticing. Kids are smart and will find a way to indulge their sweet tooth at school or other places if they can’t get the food at home.
2. Sweet cereal in moderation. Dieticians admit that they allow some sweet cereals in their home, but they handle it differently than most parents.
- Kids can add a little bit of a sweet cereal to their bowl, but the majority has to be another healthy cereal. Sometimes the sweet cereal is just used a little on top of the healthier one.
3. Healthier salad dressings. Dieticians usually allow their kids to use salad dressings. They simply switch to low-calorie or low-fat versions that are healthier. They don’t try to force their kids to eat salads or raw veggies without any dips or dressings.
- The dressings can make eating healthier food easier.
4. Oatmeal and fruit. It may surprise you that dieticians actually follow their healthy advice.
- Your dietician has probably mentioned the benefits of eating oatmeal with fruit. This is a common breakfast in their own households, and the kids eat it.
5. Peanut butter sandwiches. It’s hard to imagine a household with children that doesn’t serve this meal, and dieticians aren’t able to escape it either.
- Unless their kids have nut allergies, most dieticians allow this food. However, they use whole grain bread and peanut butter without preservatives or added sugar. They also try to avoid using sugary jelly and put fresh grapes or other fruit on top of the peanut butter.
6. Healthy smoothies. Dieticians often bemoan the sugar-filled smoothies that people buy in stores. However, they let their kids drink healthy smoothies at home that they make themselves.
- A healthy smoothie usually combines fruits and vegetables with a little protein. There’s no added sugar or preservatives. Kids love the sweet taste, so they tend to be frequent requests.
- Smoothies allow dieticians to sneak in things like kale or carrots that their kids may not want to eat in the raw form. As everything is blended together, the children may not even notice the extra fruits and vegetables that are in the drink.
7. Cheese sticks. Dieticians allow their kids to eat cheese if they don’t have a dairy allergy.
- Dieticians admit that cheese sticks are preferred by their children because they’re more fun to eat.
- They try to pick ones that are healthier and don’t have preservatives. They also look for flavors their kids will enjoy because cheese has protein and calcium, so it’s not a bad option.
Dieticians know that kids need variety and treats. They ensure their children are exposed to many different foods, and make dishes that are tasty, delicious, and healthy all at the same time.