Parents will tell you it's not always easy to get your kids to eat right and exercise.
So it's no wonder a national health survey for 1999-2002 shows an estimated 16 percent of children and adolescents ages 6-19 are overweight.
The American Heart Association has put together a cookbook of child tested recipes. They're full of flavor and are very easy to make.
Here's a look at two of the favorites.
They look like the usual fried chicken fingers -- but they're actually a healthy alternative, According to local dietician Cindy Shipman. “Instead of being fried, we're trying to make it very flavorful and appealing.”
Cindy says, the best part about it is it's an extremely easy recipe. “The Heart Association recommends that we marinate the tenders in non fat yogurt. Then we're going to dip this in a mixture of breadcrumbs, flower and corn meal.and parmesan cheese, along with a little basil and garlic salt. Then we bake them instead of frying...
The oven should be set at 400 degrees then you bake the chicken for 20 minutes. They turn out a nice color and crispy.
You have your choice of dipping sauces. “One is a honey mustard which you make with dijon mustard, lowfat mayo and honey. The other dipping sauce is unusual. It's made out of seedless black berry fruit spread and reduced fat sour cream.
Next we tackle a weakness for just about everyone, dessert. Fruit parfait looks fattening but once again--- this is actually good for you, and it's so easy to make. “Really entails using yogurt as the base...--then add the fruit -- they recommend mango and pineapple, or strawberry and pineapple.”
After a couple more layers, then top it off with toasted almonds and coconut added to crushed up corn flakes which adds a nice little crunch.
The cookbook is called Healthy Recipes Kids Love--- and has 45 kid tested and kid approved recipes in it as well as other healthy information. You can pick one up at most major grocery store chains for 3.99.