The Brugos are no nutritional slackers. In recent years they've switched over from refined starches to healthier whole-grain foods like whole wheat couscous, quinoa, and brown rice. Rather than serving meals family-style, Jenny, 41, controls portion sizes by preparing everyone's dinner plates in the kitchen. What poses the biggest challenge for this family? Snacking. Given the chance, her husband, Christopher, 43, and their kids -- Lara, 16, Caroline, 13, and Graham, 10 -- will empty a box of cookies or bag of chips in one sitting. Jenny, who runs a drapery business from home, also needs a healthy yet portable snack to boost her energy while she drives the kids to and from their after-school activities. Graham's lack of variety is also a concern for Jenny. "He could live on tuna fish and cookies," she says.
Jenny's thrilled to have reined in the between-meal munching. "Now if I buy a large bag of cookies or box of whole wheat pretzels, I'll break it down into small sandwich bags before the kids can get their hands on it," she says. Having after-school snacks at the ready has also been a success. "I used to see them sit down with a knife and a hunk of cheese," says Jenny. "Now they've gotten used to individual-size portions and more variety."