There are many reasons why it might be right for your child to start eating a lower-fat diet. Talk with a dietitian or your doctor to decide if your child should be eating a low-fat diet. Here are some suggestions to help decrease fat in your child's diet.

When your child asks for a high-fat food, offer a lower-fat choice instead.

Instead of… Try…
Regular chips Pretzels or baked chips
Meat pizza Veggie pizza made with low-fat cheese
Hamburger Grilled chicken sandwich or lean ground turkey breast burger
Fried chicken fingers Grilled chicken slices
French fries Baked potato wedges
Candy pieces Dried fruit pieces
Candy bars Low-fat granola bars
Ice cream Fat-free frozen yogurt or low-fat sherbet

Give your child low-fat snacks during the day.

Healthy and fun snack ideas:

  • Mini-pizza - Top English muffins with tomato sauce, low-fat cheese and vegetables. Broil until cheese melts.
  • Sandwich creations - Cut any sandwich (made with whole wheat bread, low-fat cheese, lean meats, and fat-free dressings or mustard) with cookie cutters.
  • Fruit smoothie - Blend low-fat yogurt, banana, juice, and ice together.
  • Banana pops - Peel banana, dip in low-fat or fat-free yogurt, roll in crushed breakfast cereal, then freeze.
  • Apple smiles - Spread fat-free caramel dip onto apple wedges and use marshmallows and/or raisins for teeth.
  • Pineapple chunks or diced peaches with fat-free cottage cheese

Other quick snack ideas:

  • Graham crackers
  • Whole wheat crackers and low-fat cheese
  • Dried fruit such as raisins, apricots, mixed fruit
  • Low-fat or fat-free yogurt
  • Fat-free pudding snacks
  • Frozen fruit sorbet

Use low-fat or fat-free foods in your home, including the following:

  • Fat-free dairy products such as skim milk, fat-free cheese, fat-free yogurt, and fat-free cottage cheese
  • Low-fat or fat-free salad dressings, vegetable cooking spray
  • Condiments such as mustard, ketchup, and BBQ sauce instead of mayonnaise, butter, or margarine
  • Lean lunch meats such as lean ham, turkey, or chicken

Offer fruits and vegetables as snacks instead of cakes, cookies, or candies.


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