Registered Dietician, Connie Evers, joined us today with some great tips on how to get our kids to choose healthy snacks over junk food!
- Offer Sweet Alternatives At Eye Level - Instead of unhealthy, sugary snacks offer, sweet fruits (clementines mandarins etc.) as a great way to get more fresh produce into kids diets. Make sure that you have fruit on the kitchen counter to catch your child’s eye when they come home from school.
- Homework Helper - In the late afternoon (when kids are super hungry), set out a bowl of nuts nearby the children as they work on their homework. Include foods such mini-sandwiches, and string cheese. Bowl of Pistacchios and Fruit
- Eat a rainbow - Challenge your child to “eat a rainbow” of fruits and vegetables. When shopping with your child, make it a game to find produce that is red, green, blue/purple, orange, brown and white. When you get home, use the foods you purchased to prepare a colorful snack.
- Cure those pre-dinner hungries - You can feed the 5:00 PM pre-dinner hungries with fresh, crunchy fruits and vegetables. Kids will also eat more fruits and vegetables if they are presented alongside a dip. Adding a flavored yogurt as a natual dip for fresh fruit plate is a great way to cure the hungries and won't spoil a child's appetite for dinner.
- Plan a snack adventure - Involve your child in snack planning, shopping for ingredients and simple food preparation activities. Partner with your child to devise a healthy snack list that includes foods from all five food groups. Create fun and cute recipes and don’t forget to give your new creations a special name like Yo-ban-ola (Yogurt Bananna and Granola) Yo-cut-ola (Yogurt, Clementines and Granola).
For more information about Connie Evers and her books, go to this website.