Help Your Children Make Healthier Snack Choices
Although you may be serving your children healthy, nutritious meals, you may be unhappy with their choice of snack foods. Parents want to make sure that their children are both happy and healthy. When it comes to snacking, however, it is often difficult to find nutritious snacks that children will eat. The tips and ideas in this article should help you and your children discover healthier snack options that will make you both happier and healthier - and put an end to the never-ending disputes about unhealthy snacks.
The logical first step is to free your kitchen counters and tabletops of all sugar-filled, greasy junk foods. Give away, or store out of sight, candies, donuts, greasy potato chips, and the like. Replace these with more nutritious snack foods such as fruit cups, bowls of fresh fruit or dehydrated bananas and other dried fruits. If there's nothing else in sight, your child will eat these healthier options. Once children taste these snack items, they (and you) will be surprised at how much they like them.
Involve your children in the choice of healthier snacks. Spend a few hours each week making a nutritious snack food with your kids. Children love to spend time with their parents, and they are much more likely to eat something they have helped to make. Fruit salad is easy to make and it will keep in the refrigerator for several days. Another snack you can make with children is sugar-free gelatin, in a flavor of their choice, with pieces of fruit mixed in. You can get hundreds of ideas for child-friendly healthy snack recipes on the Internet. Remember to ask your children to help you choose recipes they would like to make - and to eat.
Freeze a can of fruit cocktail in its own juice of course, while it's still in the can. Once its frozen solid, cut the top and bottom off the can and slide the contents out onto a plate. Using a sharp knife, slice the frozen fruit onto a plate and add a spoonful of fat free whipped topping. It is the perfect mid day snack on a warm day, especially after hitting the school books and sitting in a classroom all day! Another favorite for warmer days is frozen yogurt.
In the winter, your children may like a snack of warm applesauce flavored with cinnamon, especially if you add a few raisins and / or nuts to it. Cinnamon toast is another nutritious snack that is appropriate for cooler weather. If your child is not allergic to peanut butter, try spreading some on celery sticks, or make peanut butter sandwiches using warm waffles instead of white bread. Low fat cheese cubes are another excellent snack choice when children crave something that isn't sweet. Raisins and nuts are items that will give your child energy and which they can nibble on without harming their health.
When it's all said and done, if the junk isn't where they can get to it, and better choices are right there in front of them, they will make better choices. Keep offering them good things until you have a list of things they like, and keep those things in front of them. Make it easy for them to be successful and set a good example for them.
Time is often a major factor for working mothers and sometimes it is not so easy to prepare meals if you are working. Consider getting a crockpot if you don't have one. Slow cooker recipes are a great way to prepare a meal when you are leaving in the morning and then when the kids get home from school it is ready to dish up.