Your child may start craving junk food during grade school, but fiber still matters. Children between the ages of 4 and 8 should be receiving 25 grams of fiber daily. A typical meal of macaroni and cheese followed by milk and cookies carries only 2 grams of fiber. A half cup of turkey chili or a bean burrito can contain 6 grams. For additional fiber intake, serve oatmeal cookies over sugar cookies, whole-wheat bread instead of white bread, and fruit and veggies with every meal.
Kids are naturally active if given enough time to enjoy active play—make sure they have the opportunity every day.