Thursday, January 19, 2017

A couple tips to help your kids eat healthier

Here are a couple tips to help your kids eat a little bit healthier :-)
1)"Make a schedule! Children need to eat every three to four hours: three meals, two snacks, and lots of fluids. If you plan for these, your child's diet will be much more balanced and he'll be less cranky, because he won't be famished. I put a cooler in the car when I'm out with my kids and keep it stocked with carrots, pretzels, yogurt, and water so we don't have to rely on fast food.
2)Get kids cooking! If your children become involved in choosing or preparing meals, they'll be more interested in eating what they've created. Take them to the store, and let them choose produce for you. If they're old enough, allow them to cut up vegetables and mix them into a salad. Although Julia refuses to eat fresh fruit, she and I make banana or apple muffins together -- and she always eats them once they're done." -By Julie Burns, R.D. from Parents Magazine
Here are a couple yummy, healthy, and simple ideas that you can use to help your kids get the nutrition they need :-)
Smoothies-Kids go crazy over these delicious treats, and they're packed with nutrients. Use nonfat vanilla yogurt, 100 percent orange juice, and a banana as the smoothie's base, then experiment with a combination of cut-up fresh or frozen fruit. It's a great way to sneak two or three servings of fruit and fiber into your child's diet.
Sliced Cheese-
Option 1: Top multi-grain crackers with sliced cheese and dill pickles.
Option 2: Top a slice of whole-wheat bread with cheese and sliced avocado.
Option 3: Wrap apple wedges with sliced cheese and ham.

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