In case you haven’t kept up with the news, Arlington, Texas was named the most fast food-addicted city in the United States! Men’s Health magazine published the study results based on: the large number of fast food restaurants per capita, how many people go to those restaurants, and how often they go. To make matters seem worse, the magazine’s definition of fast food was McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Taco Bell. This list does not include the Sonics and Chic-Fil-As in the area, so the numbers are probably actually a bit lower than they announced!
As always, there are a few flaws in the study. For instance, the researchers did not take into account the gargantuan numbers of people who may visit Arlington during the Cowboys or Rangers season or when the summer Six Flags craze is high. Regardless of this, it hits a little too close to home, doesn’t it? The fact of the matter is: North Texas needs to focus on eating healthier foods, making better choices at the dinner table.
This starts at home with exemplary eating habits from a child’s parents and what they are served. For one, there are ways to eat out and still maintain a low calorie diet. The Eat This! Not That! book series (Zinczenko & Goulding) includes a restaurant survival guide, and can be purchased at your local Barnes & Noble.
Typically, the best way to ensure that you are eating healthy is to cook the meal yourself:
– include foods from various groups to increase absorption and nutrients
– keep the portions small
– keep lean protein (portion sizes smaller than your palm)
– eat a lot and a variety of raw, steam, or broiled vegetables and fruits
– choose whole grains
– keep dairy low fat or fat free
– don’t forget the value of nuts, seeds, and legumes
And, cooking healthy meals does not have to be time consuming or difficult. Here are a few sites to get you started:
Healthy crock pot recipes
Food steamer recipes
After-school snack recipes:
– apple smile (Use apple slices, peanut butter, and marshmallows to make a mouth/smile. So neat!)
– chick pea snack
– home made fruit rolls (can substitute apple sauce without added sugar)
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Healthy Lifestyle Balance, “Feeding Your Child”
We owe it to ourselves to not be a national embarrassment and to set a positive example!
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