Recipe for Healthy Kids: Fun Not Fat
National Turkey Federation recommends after-school snacks that cut fat, boost protein
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 16, 2004 -
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Pizza. Doughnuts. Cookies, cake and candy. Kids' after-school snacks and post-activity treats can be loaded with sugar and fat, contributing to the nation's childhood obesity problem.
But the National Turkey Federation is urging parents, teachers, coaches and others to recognize that kids don't have to have fat to have fun. And to help them replace high-calorie, fatty snacks with ones that are high in protein and low in fat, the federation is offering creative ideas for healthy and tasty alternative treats.
"Introducing children to healthy eating habits at a young age can play an important role in influencing their overall health," said Sherrie Rosenblatt, the federation's senior director of marketing and communications. "Lean protein is a great substitute to unhealthy snacks, and turkey in particular is extremely nutritious, low in cost, versatile, and well-liked by kids."
Some studies suggest that children who consume more low-nutrient density foods (defined as visible fat; table sweeteners, candy, and sweetened beverages; baked and dairy desserts; and salty snacks) consume more calories overall. Because turkey breast is higher in protein and lower in saturated fat and calories than many popular snack foods, it is the perfect after-school snack solution.
There are many turkey-based, kid-friendly snacks, among which are:
The suggestions for low-fat, healthy snacks are part of the federation's ongoing campaign, called "Turkey. The Perfect Protein™," to educate consumers about the healthy attributes of turkey.
As part of the campaign, the federation has contributed to the effort to curb childhood obesity by unveiling its "New Math for the Lean Lunchbox" program, which offers an easy-to-remember formula for packing a lean lunchbox, five sample lean-protein lunch menus for parents to choose from, and additional kid-friendly recipes. The information is available on the federation's web site, www.eatturkey.com. Click on the consumer page icon, then click on "healthy eating trends." www.eatturkey.com/consumer/healthyeating.html.
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