Perezitos.com health correspondent Ashley Koff, co-author of Mom Energy, is back with a Q&A!
A Perezcious reader asks:
Can I let my kids indulge in treats over the holidays?
Hey mom, it’s time for a Qualitarian intervention! Over the holidays there may be more treats around. But, if your children are filling up on man-made ingredients the body doesn’t recognize (or recognize easily), that’s not a treat. It’s building a poor foundation. Rather than count allowable fat grams, I recommend a Qualitarian approach to food. Allow your child to choose a treat that is made from ingredients you know will provide them with some nutrition (ideally something organic so it is as chemical-free as possible) – chocolate, nuts, sugar, butter etc. Pay attention to quantity. Good rules of thumb: 15 grams of carbohydrates, 7-15 grams of protein, and 5-10 grams of fat are serving sizes that can help you navigate how much of that Qualitarian treat your son (and you!) can consume at one eating occasion. Want to know what brands meet this criteria? Check out the Ashley Koff Approved list HERE, which includes the products that meet my standards (and that no one has paid for me to evaluate or approve).
The holidays can still be fun AND healthy for the whole fam!
For more healthy information and tips, go to Ashley Koff's nutritional plan website!