Most moms are probably worried about what their kids are eating, but we all know how easy it can be to fall into a routine of feeding your little ones quick but not-so-healthy snack foods. Of course, there are a few things you can do to make the healthy stuff just as quick and easy.
If you are worried about your child eating junk food, the first step is to keep your kitchen free of unhealthy snacks. They can’t eat what isn’t there. The next step is obvious; you should pack your cabinets with the healthy food that children tend to like. You may be thinking that your kids don’t like any healthy food, but remember to start with baby steps. Don’t jump straight to broccoli and brussel sprouts; start with the sweet stuff.
Make it easy for your kids to access fruit throughout the day. For example, grapes are easy and fun for kids to eat, just make sure take some precautions against choking by getting the seedless varieties and cutting them in half for very young children.
Bananas are great, too, and you can dip them in peanut butter for more flavor and a little protein.
Apple slices are always a favorite.Buy lots of different kinds of apples (red, green, golden, etc.) and hold an apple tasting. Frame it like a contest and have your kids “award” the best tasting apple. Make your kids smoothies by throwing a banana, some ice, and milk or yogurt in a blender. Get them involved by letting them pick which other fruits to add.
Fruit isn’t the only snack that’s healthy. You should also keep yogurt, unsweetened applesauce, and cheese in the refrigerator. In addition, sliced cucumbers, baby carrots, and celery sticks are tasty and easy to eat. Use your favorite condiments to add a dip for each, such as peanut butter or a little fat-free ranch dressing.
Make it easy on yourself and slice whatever won’t go bad ahead of time, like strawberries, carrots, cucumbers, or cheese. The faster the food is to grab, the more likely both you and your children will go for it.