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Easy Food for Family Mealtimes
Menu Planning and Recipes for Nutrient-Rich Meals
“Dinner is where you put together the puzzle of the world and, sometimes the puzzle of yourself. In the midst of all the shuttling and driving and keeping crazy schedules, isn’t it ironic that the real key to success is as close as the kitchen table.”
Whole grains now come in a wide variety of kid-pleasing shapes and textures - from pastas and rolls to breads and crackers.
Mix and match veggies with lots of bright colors, textures, shapes, and flavors. Children often prefer their vegetables raw rather than cooked.
Go for brightcolors and sweet flavors - fresh, frozen, or canned.
Fruit makes a tasty dessert - especially with some lowfat vanilla yogurt.
Three servings a day is what kids need. At dinner, it’s as easy as a bone-building glass of fat-free milk, cheese crumbles on a salad, or lowfat yogurt with fruit for dessert.
Lean meats are tasty sources of power nutrients, like several B-vitamins and selenium, as well as plenty of ZIP (zinc, iron, and protein).
“I remember hearing about the things my older siblings were doing and involved in and wanting to be like them. I liked being around my siblings at meals because they were usually too cool to be around me other times.”