Shocking: Moms Like to Eat Off Their Kids’ Plates!

Here’s a fun Mother’s Day statistic: 81% of moms with kids under 18 admit to eating off their kids’ plates either before, during or after a meal.

What’s more, more than 1 in 3 (36%) say they eat less healthfully now than they did before they became a parent.

This comes from a Harris Poll conducted for Nutrisystem.

Nutrisystem worries that eating all this “kid food” may be unhealthy for moms, so they are offering the following advice:

  • Be Aware of How Much You Are Eating. The first thing to do is be aware of just how much food you are picking from your child’s plate. If you are doing it every so often, say once a week, then it probably isn’t a big deal. But if you are cleaning their plate every day, you may need to cut back.
  • Reassess Your Child’s Portion Sizes. If your child consistently has food left over on their plate, reassess the portion size you are giving them. Similar to how we often overdo our own portion sizes, we often put more on our child’s plate than they can eat at one time.
  • One way to know the right portion size is to look at your child’s hands – protein (like meats, fish, chicken) should be the size of their palm; fruits and veggies should be the size of 2 palms; healthy fats (cheese, nut butters, avocado) should be the size of their thumb (from knuckle to tip); and grains (pasta, rice) should be the size of their fist.
  • Using their hand to judge portion size is great because as they age their hands get larger so you can increase their portion sizes.
  • Be Picky About What You Eat. If you find yourself grabbing leftovers, go for the less caloric choices – choose to eat the leftover blueberries or carrots on their plate instead of the chicken nuggets or mac & cheese.
  • Save It for Another Day. If you feel the urge to eat leftovers because you can’t stand to see food wasted, save your child’s leftovers and serve them later as a snack or the next day’s meal choice.
  • Eat While They Eat: If you are picking leftovers from your child’s plate because you are hungry, then try to have your own healthy, lower-calorie snack or meal to eat while your child is eating. Make sure the food you choose fits into your diet rather than just eating the food your child is eating.
  • Rethink Your Day: If you do end up eating the food from your child’s plate, then rethink your eating throughout the rest of the day – maybe forgo a snack or eat less at a meal. Take into account the calories you ate off your child’s plate and include them in your daily calorie count.

Oh, and have a great Mother’s Day!

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