September is National Childhood Obesity Month. Have you ever stopped to teach your child about portion control and what is a healthy serving of food? My son is still in the picky eating stage, but occasionally when he really loves something (which is rare), I notice that his eyes become bigger than his stomach. This month’s content talking point from Hormel has given us an opportunity to discuss healthy food portions and I was thrilled that his class discussed nutrition one week this month.
A visual image is sometimes all a person needs to see exactly how much of a portion of food they are taking in. One easy way to do this is with a digital food scale.
Food scales are simple to use and can allow you to “zero out” the weight of the dish or bowl you are using to hold the food. This way, you can get a clear visual for exactly how much your portion weighs and use a food portion chart to compare yours with to see if it’s considered healthy or not. We’ve had fun testing ours out and I have to admit I was surprised to see what I thought was considered a healthy portion of certain foods were actually not. With a little practice, I’ve gotten much better at it.
This month, I encourage you to talk with your children about making healthy food decisions. The habits they form now about food can impact them for the rest of their lives.
I received this digital food scale to facilitate this post as part of being a Hormel Extended Family blogger. No other compensation was received.