Obesity is such a major issue with children that some researchers predict that today’s children will be the first generation of Americans whose life expectancy will actually be shorter than that of their parents.

What can you do to change this?

1. Offer your children fruits and/or vegetables at every meal. Once in a while, French fries are OK but, they should not be a daily staple.
2. Do not introduce hot dogs, sausages or bacon until your children are at least 2 years old. There are many foods just as simple to prepare that are healthier.
3. Watch serving sizes. Children are not adults. Make sure their portions are small.
4. Talk to other parents about healthy eating, especially those who may need some help.

Frosted Zucchini

The fun name of this recipe may be just enough to get your kids to try this delicious veggie dish. This is also a great recipe to get the kids involved in preparing. Older children can frost the zucchini and younger ones can dip them into the bread crumbs.


3 medium zucchini (about 8-9 inches long)

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup green onions, finely chopped

1/2 tsp. lemon zest

3 Tbsp parmesan cheese

1/8 tsp garlic powder

1/3 cup bread crumbs


Cut zucchini into 3/4-inch rounds. Steam in microwave until barely tender, about 2-4 minutes (test with fork). Drain and let cool. Mix together remaining ingredients except the bread crumbs. Frost one side of the zucchini slice with the mayonnaise mixture. Dip the frosted side of the zucchini in bread crumbs and place them on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Broil them in the oven until lightly browned. (4- 6 servings).

About the authors: Cheryl Tallman and Joan Ahlers are sisters, the mothers of five children and founders of Fresh Baby, creators of products such as homemade baby food kits, baby food cookbooks, baby food and breast milk storage trays, breastfeeding reminders, and child development diaries. Visit them online at www.FreshBaby.com and subscribe to their Fresh Ideas newsletter to get monthly ideas, tips and activities for developing your family’s healthy eating habits!

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