Contributed by: News Canada
(NC) - At a time when obesity is considered epidemic, "super-sized" servings are too often the norm. And that's a concern, particularly when studies indicate that overweight children are more likely to become obese adults.
But what exactly is a child-sized portion?
According to Health Canada, the number of servings children require depends on gender, body size, physical activity, and how fast they are growing. That's why Canada's Food Guide to Healthy Eating outlines a range of servings and serving sizes for each of the four food groups. Young children require a lower number of servings, while male teenagers may fall into the higher range.
Keep in mind, too, that the servings we eat are generally larger than serving sizes outlined in the food guide. A cup of spaghetti counts as two servings of grain products, while a 250-ml juice box counts as two servings of vegetables and fruit.
As your child enters a new calendar year, keep the following tips in mind when planning meals and snacks for your child:
More healthy and fun kid-friendly recipe suggestions are available online at www.wonderbread.ca.
For a great tasting, healthy, kid-sized sandwich, try using a Wonder+ Square Bagel instead of bread. At 85 g per bagel (3 oz), they are smaller than regular round bagels and come in a fun and functional shape that is perfect for sandwiches.
Top bagel with Swiss cheese, smoked turkey, tomato, cucumber, and lettuce, and cover with remaining bagel half. Toasted fresh Wonder+ Square Bagels make a delicious sandwich.
More recipe ideas are available online at www.wonderbread.ca.
Serving Size: Makes 1 Kid-Friendly Bagel Sandwich
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