After reading this I asked Christi if we should stop eating so much Little Caesar's. Her quick reply:
One slice packs nearly 300 calories, and your munchkin may want
seconds. There are also gobs of saturated fat and dehydration-promoting
sodium, about 700 mg per piece. Kids need only 1,000 to 1,300 mg per
Smart swap: Homemade veggie pizza on whole-grain crust. Besides
being healthier, your pipsqueak can pitch in with this cooking project,
which wards off boredom. Just buy a premixed ball of whole-grain dough,
low-sodium tomato sauce and vegetables your little one loves.
"Mushrooms, green peppers, red peppers and tomatoes are great choices,"
says Marilyn Tanner-Blasiar, MHS, RD, LD, a registered dietitian in St.
Louis, MO. "You can also add skinless chicken breast or lean hamburger
for protein," which keeps kids fuller, longer and means less rooting
around in the kitchen for a snack.
"No. Because their parent's sanity is far more important to a child's health and longevity than what they have for dinner. Besides that, I always order one ham and pineapple so they get their fruit."
PS. Xander has been home since Thursday. Although he continues to take an antibiotic, he has a persistent low-grade fever. He is starting to go stir crazy since he is supposed to have his leg elevated basically all the time. The swelling in the foot is looking better. We keep praying that his infection will be taken care of with this antibiotic.