A fun way to look at it is to go to the USDA's website. They help you determine calories and what a child should be eating each day. You can also print out a fun poster with their needs. When ds was little I made magnets and when he had a veg he moved a veg magnet on the chart. Then if he asked for a snack I'd tell him to have one based on what he still needed for the day. It's helpful for portion sizes if you have a food scale in the beginning.
Healthy eating as a lifestyle is a better choice. Since she's older you can at least involve her a bit more. What I did is figure the calories on some choices for breakfast and for lunch. We have like 4 or 5 of each and she can choose one of them every day. And then of course I know what supper is since I track it every day. This way I know about how much she's eaten a day. I just need to get her more active again. Last few weeks have been kind of hectic and we went out of town, so it's not something I have worked on really.
I agree with you! I would love to be able to track my 9-year-old's nutrition. We have discussed Spark Teen but that seems to start at 13....She asks to track like I do, but I am not sure how much of everything she should be having. My pediatrician says that she needs to lose weight but has no tips except portion control....And we are working on smart choices also. Next weekend I think that I will have her go through SparkRecipes with me and choose some of the meals. I am hoping that she starts getting some of this information in school. She has asked me if she can go on a diet, but I explain that a diet is just a plan to eat healthy, so technically she is already on one. I don't want her to grow up wanting the next quick fix like I had. I wish kids came with an owners manual!
Not that I want her to lose weight, but just to get an idea on how she's doing for her needs a day. (Calories, fat, calcium, carbs, protein, etc).
Am I the only one who would like a picture window of how their kids are doing? I am trying to teach my daughter about good choices and healthier eating. I know she wasn't getting enough Calcium after I started tracking my own, so we added a tums every day to her vitamin (it is a good source of calcium, and she loves the taste).
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