Carbohydrates need to be a part of every kid's diet. For children older than 2, a healthy balanced diet should include 50 percent to 60 percent of calories consumed coming from carbohydrates, according to KidsHealth. Though carbohydrates are important, high-carb diets for kids can lead to health problems, such as obesity and diabetes, later in life. Prepare low-carb meal options at home if your child needs to cut back on his intake.
Rise and Shine
Start your kid's morning off right and give him a boost to make it through the rest of the day. Eggs are a low-carb food that he'll find tasty. Find ways to incorporate them into his breakfast. Simply make an egg omelet. Sprinkle in shredded cheese for protein and calcium and add chopped tomatoes and spinach. Pair the omelet with turkey sausage links or bacon. You can also make deviled eggs or scrambled eggs to break out of the routine. Alternatively, whip up a batch of fluffy low-carb pancakes, where cream cheese is used instead of flour. Top the pancakes with sliced strawberries or blueberries.
School Lunch Box
Pack a school lunch with low-carb favorites your child will enjoy. Skip the refined bread and use a whole-wheat low-carb tortilla to make a sandwich. Whip up chicken, tuna or roast beef salad and spread it on the tortilla. Pack the tortilla with vegetables, such as sliced tomatoes and green pepper strips, and roll it up. Spread almond butter on apple slices or cream cheese on cucumber slices for snacks. If your child likes crunchiness, replace a bag of potato chips with roasted kale chips or baby carrots. Add a cup of sugar-free chocolate pudding to satisfy a sweet tooth.
Hurry, It's Supper Time
If pasta and rice dishes are regulars in your home, substitute them with low-carb options that will be just as satisfying for your child. Slide shrimp or sliced lamb onto skewers and grill them. Dice mango to create a salsa to pair with the kabobs. Alternatively, baked lemon fish or grilled chicken breast will be ideal for main dishes. Or, use a loaf pan and create turkey meatloaf. Skip high-carb starchy vegetables, such as potatoes. Instead, steam or roast broccoli, cauliflower or asparagus for side dishes. Sprinkle cheese on top or garlic to make them a bit more tasty for young taste buds.
Nightime Sweet Cravings
After dinnertime, your child may be a bit hungry and desire something to satisfy his sweet tooth. Let him reach for a healthier alternative to a high-carb cupcake or muffin. Consider making him a fruit smoothie. Stick with berry fruit to keep the smoothies low in carbs. Blend together strawberries or blueberries, plain yogurt and crushed ice. You can also give him a cup of homemade sugar-free gelatin as a no-carb treat. Cut them into squares to make them bite-size. Alternatively, slice peaches in halves and remove the pits. Grill the halves and top with a dollop of ricotta cheese.
- KidsHealth: Carbohydrates, Sugar and Your Child
- Kids Cooking Activities: Low Carb Meal Ideas
- Fave Healthy Recipes: 7 Day Meal Plan for a Low Carb Diet
- Low Carb Mom: 5 Delicious Low Carb Breakfast Ideas You Will Love
- Low Carb Foods: Low Carb Desserts
- Medical Daily: High-Carb Children’s Diet Leads To Lifelong Obesity
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