Healthy Snacks for Your Kids
By Sara Butler
One of the most important things you can do for your child is to introduce them to the concepts of healthy eating. It’s something they learn from you and will carry with them for the rest of their lives, maybe even passing them down to their own children one day!
Meals make up most of your child’s nutritional intake, but snacks are important too. The problem is that most snacks offered to children are less than healthy with no real nutritional benefit. Well, you can change that with these strategies!
Make Snack Time Healthy
You should use snack time to increase your child’s vegetable and fruit intake. The National Institutes of Health, kids don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables per day. So, seize on snack time as a way to load them up!
Try pairing new vegetables and fruits that your child may not have tried before with dips and other items they are familiar with, such as cheese or other dairy products. Grapes and cheese, celery and peanut butter, or bananas with whole grain toast are great options!
Have Healthy Foods on Hand
When you have a variety of healthy foods on hand to reach for when you need a snack, then it makes staying healthy a lot easier. Keep just a few key items on hand such as cheese sticks, yogurt, fruit, raw vegetables, and hummus.
Avoid Processed Food
Foods found in a box or in a bag are often processed foods. These foods usually have high levels of calories, fat, sugar, and sodium, which is not very good for your health. They also are lacking in important nutrients your body needs. They also don’t fill you up like healthier options do, so if you have them for a snack, then you’ll be hungry not too long after you eat them.
Teach Your Kids About the Rainbow
Kids love bright colors and they like rainbows, so put them both together to teach them about eating the rainbow at snack time! Arrange the snacks you give your children in fun ways on the plate to show them how colorful and vibrant food can be. Engage them in conversation about where food comes from and how it’s grown.
Take care of your child's health and your own with these tips for a healthier snacktime!
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