Smart Food Substitutions

Trade in fatty fast foods for easy and healthy options.

If you want your kids to eat right, then it's up to you to supply them with the right food choices. With a little thought, you can easily come up with alternatives to the usual dinner and snack ideas. Here's a small sampling of some smart substitutions to start you on your way:

Instead of:

  • Hamburgers, hot dogs
  • French fries, processed potato nuggets, instant potatoes made with butter or margarine
  • Fried chicken and fish, commercial breaded chicken and fish preparations
  • Donuts, Danish pastries, croissants, toaster cakes
  • Chocolate-chip cookies, frosted cupcakes, brownies
  • Ice cream, milk shakes


  • Lean chicken, fish, veggie burgers
  • Baked potatoes, homemade oven fries, mashed or scalloped potatoes made with low-fat yogurt or buttermilk
  • Baked or grilled chicken and fish
  • Whole-grain bread, bagels, English muffins
  • Graham crackers, fat-free fig bars, oatmeal-date cookies
  • Sherbet, ice milk, nonfat frozen yogurt, fruit juice ice pops, fruit and yogurt shakes

Source: Guide to Your Child's Nutrition (Villard Books) with permission from the American Academy of Pediatrics

All content here, including advice from doctors and other health professionals, should be considered as opinion only. Always seek the direct advice of your own doctor in connection with any questions or issues you may have regarding your own health or the health of others.

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