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Family Meals 3/2/12

First, involve your children in fixing the meals, whether it's scooping out an avocado
or tossing the salad. Research shows that involving kids in the kitchen helps prevent
pickiness. When they're cooking with you, they're invested in what they're doing, so
they're going to try it because it's their work.

A lot of small, simple switches can add up significantly. For example, swapping
Cheerios for Rice Krispies gets your day started with a more nutritious breakfast,
including extra fiber and potassium. Whatever you're eating, opting for whole grain is
always a smart move. And with cereal, top it with fruit—fresh if you have it, but dried or
frozen are a good choice, too.


Lunchtime? Trade in the YoCrunch Oreo Cookies n' Cream Lowfat Yogurt for Chobani
Champions Honey-Nana Greek Yogurt. It's protein-rich for kids, with almost 25 percent
fewer calories and 5 grams less sugar.
For dinner, give your lasagna a makeover by switching from Ronzoni Oven Ready
Lasagna Pasta to Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Whole Grain Lasagna Pasta. Every 2-ounce
serving has triple the fiber, at 6 grams, and a little more protein.

Very few people can cook every night, so when you do cook, double the recipe so that
you can have healthful leftovers on hand.

And when it comes to introducing more healthful foods to your kids, Consumer Reports
says: If at first you don't succeed, don't despair. Research suggests that you might need
to offer a food up to 15 times before kids like it. For more suggestions on helping your
family with mealtime makeovers, check out Consumer Reports' special publication,
Food and Fitness on newsstands.

Complete Ratings and recommendations on all kinds of products, including appliances,
cars & trucks, and electronic gear, are available on Consumer Reports' website.

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