PUBLISHED: 4:17 PM on Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Building kid-pleasing meals
What do kids need to be their best? Good nutrition - for physical health - and family time - for emotional well-being. On-the-go lifestyles can sometimes mean a less nutritious diet, just at the time when kids need to be building strong, healthy bodies for life. Busy schedules can also limit family fun time. One solution? Take a break for a healthy meal or snack.

Meal time is an opportunity for families to have fun preparing foods together. It's also an opportunity for parents to help kids make educated choices about what they eat.

Connie M. Weaver, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Head of Foods/Nutrition at Purdue University, says children are being short-changed by not getting the proper amounts of calcium, vitamins and minerals each day. Part of the problem is food choices. "With so many other drink choices, children are choosing options other than milk, such as soft drinks and sugary juices," says Weaver. "Less milk consumption can mean less consumption of calcium, potassium, magnesium and vitamin D unless these kids are getting these nutrients from some other sources." To get on the right track, try making these wholesome and kid-pleasing recipes, perfect for snack time or a quick meal.

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