Ways to Improve Your Child's Diet

  • Reduce the fat in home-cooked hamburgers by using lean ground beef and broiling instead of frying them; buy low-fat hot dogs.

  • Lighten brown-bag lunches by making sandwiches with fat-free mayonnaise and lean cold cuts.

  • Order lower-fat choices at fast-food restaurants.

  • Serve healthy breakfasts. Cold cereal with nonfat milk is a good choice if the cereal is low in sugar and fat.

  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk, cheese, salad dressing and cream cheese.

  • Serve healthy snacks -- carrot sticks, microwave-popped popcorn, orange wedges, grapes or fresh-fruit shakes.