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Known for sugar, fat and lots of calories, fifth graders know decadent desserts can de-rail their diet.

"You don't want to get too big, if you eat unhealthy, it has too many calories. You could get diabetes," says Crestwood Elementary fifth grader Amari Wright.

First trick: Disguise superfoods kids love as fancy desserts.

"My favorite superfood, is fruits," says Giang Chau. He and many of his classmates love fruit.

So use it! Dress it up, and think presentation.

Greek yogurt and anti-oxidant rich berries, and a fancy cup, can make a super-parfait.

It's okay to occasionally dip into that chocolate craving with fresh fruit like strawberries, bananas or blueberries.

Giang Chau knows fruit is good for him.

"You also need to eat a lot of fruits, so you can get very healthy. So you won't be able to be injured," Giang said.

Another trick? Substitution. Look for recipes with healthy ingredients: Rolled oat cookies with dried fruit, nuts and applesauce instead of sugar are filled with nutrients.

Fiber and flavor! Throw in some extra coarsely ground flax seeds, you've boosted both fiber and healthy omega fats.

Hate baking? Homemade frozen pops are quick and easy.

Hillsborough County Schools District Chef Ben Guggenmos has another trick -- get your kids into the kitchen with you.

"Sometimes they forget they're eating something healthy if they're making it with you."

Blend yogurt or coconut milk or cream, a splash of juice, and their favorite fruit pour, freeze and eat.

But no matter what your child is eating, you'll still need to pay attention to calories. Just because some is good, it doesn't mean they can eat as much as they want! So watch portions, and limit the indulgences like chocolate as much as possible.

We've got some links to help you figure out how many calories children need. If your child is under or overweight, it's always best to talk with your doctor.

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LINKS:

Healthy Weight:

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/index.htm

Calories per day

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/myplate/index.aspx

Empty Calories

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/emptycalories_count_table.html

Portion Distortion Quiz

http://hp2010.nhlbihin.net/portion/portion2.cgi?action=question&number=1



 

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