Kids used to be MORE active in the summer.  But according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, now they spend even more time than usual just sitting around.  And you have to pay closer attention to what they're eating.

So I've got a list to help.  Here are the five worst foods that kids eat more of in the summer.

 

#1.)  Ice Cream.  It's the most obvious one, and it's fine every now and then.  Just don't let them have it EVERY day this summer.

It depends on the brand, but one cup of plain vanilla ice cream can have 400 calories, 40 grams of sugar, and 16 grams of saturated fat.

 

#2.)  Popsicles.  They cool you down, but they're just empty calories from sugar, so they don't fill you up.  The sugar-free versions are okay.  Or cut up some watermelon, which has fiber in it, and put a few slices in the freezer.

 

#3.)  Sports Drinks.  The reason your kids like them more than water is because things like Gatorade actually have a ton of sugar in them.  So water is always better unless they're severely dehydrated.

 

#4.)  Hot Dogs.  They're filled with saturated fat, but the one thing you might not think about is how much SALT they have.  And all that sodium can actually make your kids more dehydrated if they don't drink enough water when it's hot out.

 

#5.)  Pizza.  Again, it's high in fat, and high in sodium, which kids should only get about 1,000 milligrams of in a day.  And one piece of pizza can have 700 milligrams of sodium in it.

So now that your kids hate my guts, have a great week!

Summerly yours,
Behka