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Back-to-School Meals

Got a picky eater? See how much you know about making healthy school meals that kids really like.

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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Children who are overweight are more likely to become adults who are overweight.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Children who are overweight are more likely to become adults who are overweight. Since children grow at different rates at different times, it's not easy to tell if a child is overweight. Ask a healthcare provider to measure your children to see if they are in a healthy range for their gender.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Kids intuitively know how much food their body needs each meal.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Kids generally know how much food their body needs at a sitting, and they self-regulate their eating accordingly.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Which statement is true?

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The correct answer is: Studies show that children who are forced to eat foods they don't like, or try new foods they don't want to, are less likely to eat these foods in the future than children who are allowed to decide for themselves. If you want your child to eat his veggies, keep offering them to him, but never force him to eat them.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Studies have shown that kids have a lower risk of obesity and get better grades if they eat which of the following foods for breakfast?

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The correct answer is: Some studies on kids and breakfast suggest that kids who eat cereal for breakfast have a lower risk of obesity and perform better academically in school than non-breakfast eaters do. Cereals are often the only fortified, nutrient-dense food that many kids will eat, so it's a good choice with fat free milk (or soy or almond milk). A well-balanced breakfast should include one serving of a whole grain, fruit, a fat-free dairy product and protein.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

What should be the first drink of choice for kids?

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The correct answer is: Serve water or low-fat or fat-free milk more often as the drink of first choice for children.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

How many snacks should kids eat daily?

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The correct answer is: Give your children one to two snacks a day (in addition to their three daily meals) to keep them energized.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a considered a healthy fat that could go in your child's lunch?

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The correct answer is: All of the above are examples of healthy fats you can pack in your child's lunch. Bean dip and mustard count, too.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

Which of the following after-school snacks will keep a child full for more than two hours?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. To keep your child sated between meals, choose a snack high in lean protein or healthy fats. Both protein and fat take longer to digest than carbs, making snacks high in these nutrients long lasting. Consider giving your child low-fat string cheese, natural peanut butter or even lean deli meats.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of the following statements is true?

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The correct answer is: School-aged children need snacks to help them grow and learn. Kids who eat balanced snacks pay better attention in class, make fewer mistakes on tests and generally have fewer behavior problems.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What's a good way to encourage kids to eat healthier?

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The correct answer is: One way to encourage kids to eat healthier is to act as a role model. Tell kids why you're choosing certain foods over others. For example, saying "I'm eating chicken because it is a good source of protein" will help kids understand how to make good food choices when they aren't around their parents.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Which of the following can encourage kids to bring healthy lunches to school?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. If you want your kids to eat their school lunches (rather than trade them with a friend), include them in the meal-planning process and plan out the entire week. Take time on the weekend to bag items for each day, and make sure each lunch is well-balanced enough to fuel them for the day. And lastly, kids eat with their eyes first. Choose a reusable lunch bag or box with their favorite cartoon characters or colors, and make the food itself as bright and colorful as possible. Have fun with shapes by using cookie cutters on sandwiches and experimenting with sizes.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: More than half of elementary school students' lunches contain potato chips.

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The correct answer is: This is true. But you can ditch the chips and keep the crunch by packing bite-sized broccoli florets, red pepper slices, baby carrots or cherry tomatoes, all of which will help boost kids' brain power. Up the flavor by adding a fun dip, such as a few tablespoons of hummus and herbed or low-fat, no sugar-added yogurt or salsa.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

What type of food can help calm kids who are nervous about an upcoming test?

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The correct answer is: Healthy carbohydrates help kids who tend to get nervous about tests. That's because the brain needs glucose to stay sharp and alert. Glucose comes from carbohydrates, and slowly absorbed carbs like whole grains, fruit and veggies produce longer-lasting mental energy.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Which drink helps soothe a child before bed?

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The correct answer is: For kids who start out studying strong, but end up feeling stressed and sleepless before a test, offer up something warm and soothing like light soup, warm milk, chamomile tea or diet hot cocoa (to avoid the sugar hit) about an hour before bedtime.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What fruit gets serotonin going for kids who panic over pop quizzes?

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The correct answer is: Grapes, like apples, get serotonin going while their high fiber content slows down sugar absorption. Plus, fiber itself seems to have stress-soothing abilities.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

How many kids have food allergies?

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The correct answer is: Nuts, milk and eggs are the top foods that can pose a threat to the three million children with food allergies. To help reduce your child's allergy risk at school, you may want to provide treats for celebrations, ask that clarification go out in writing to other parents about providing treats that do not contain your child's trigger as an ingredient, suggest that holiday and other school celebrations center on non-food items, like decorations or games, and make sure you child's school has a detailed medical emergency plan and everything needed to treat the allergy in case of emergency.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: Including an ice pack in your child's lunch box will keep the food safe from spoiling until lunch time.

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The correct answer is: This is false. In a recent study involving preschoolers, researchers found that fewer than two percent of the perishable items were at a safe temperature. Even keeping ice packs in the lunch box, or placing them in the fridge seldom helped. Government food safety experts recommend using a frozen gel pack and insulated lunch boxes to keep perishable foods safe.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

Which food stays safe even when it's not cold?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Worried about your child's food staying at a safe temperature until lunch time? Pack a lunch with non-perishable items like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, canned fish, whole fruits and veggies and crackers for a safe lunch.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which combo from McDonald's has the fewest calories?

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The correct answer is: If you're looking for a low-cal kids' meal at McDonald's, go for a plain hamburger, apple dippers without the caramel sauce and low-fat milk. That'll total 385 calories.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

Which of the following fast food meals has the fewest calories?

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The correct answer is: While all of the above options are decent choices if you must have a meal on the go, the KFC meal is just 270 calories (Subway's meal is 335 calories and Burger King's is 285 calories).

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