Summertime offers a seemingly unending stream of opportunities for families to attend barbeques, parades, fairs, and many other food-focused gatherings. With some knowledge and intentionality, parents can use these events as learning opportunities for their children regarding the use of we call “forbidden” foods. “Forbidden” foods are high-fat, high-sugar, relatively low-nutrient foods such as sweets, chips, and sodas. Research shows that children whose forbidden food intake is restricted end up eating more of them when they get the chance, and they are heavier than they might be otherwise. Conversely, giving children unlimited access to these easy-to-like foods obviously does not support healthy nutrition or a well-balanced diet. The challenge for parents is to hold the tension between unlimited access and over-restriction of these foods. It’s a balancing act. For more information and practical strategies for navigating the balancing act, go to www.EllynSatterInstitute.org. or click the link below.