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Health Tip: Help Your Underweight Child Gain Safely

Nutritious foods can help add a few pounds

(HealthDay News) -- If your kids are underweight, it doesn't mean you should fill them with junk food to put on extra pounds.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends:

  • Serving guacamole made with fresh avocados, tomato and onions. Or add avocados to a sweet fruit smoothie made with nut butters, seeds, fruit and full-fat yogurt.
  • Making trail mix or granola with dried fruit, chocolate chips, nuts, seeds and full-fat yogurt.
  • Creating a dip made with beans or hummus from chickpeas.

Don't let your child fill up on drinks before mealtime, so the child will be hungry enough to eat nutritious food.

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