Toss out the junk food – getting your kids to eat healthy is easier than you might think. Try these snack ideas…
It’s important to serve healthy snacks to your children because not only will you provide them with good nutrition, you’ll also help them establish healthy eating habits. Unfortunately, because it’s so quick and easy, many of us revert to giving our children junk food. However, with a little preparation, making healthy snacks can be quick and easy too. Try our ideas for fruit, vegetable and healthy grain snacks. Look out for our follow-up article on protein and dairy snacks, and some snacks you can easily make yourself.
Most children don’t eat their recommended five to seven servings of fruit and vegetables each day, so try to sneak them into their diets.
Serving vegetables, especially fresh ones, may seem challenging. Try to serve lots of different vegetables and prepare them in various ways to find out what your children like best.
Though most children eat a lot of grain products, too many of those products are refined grains, like biscuits or sugary cereals, which are high in sugars. So try to serve more whole grains.
Tip: Make snack time fun by serving the food on colourful paper plates or with printed serviettes and funky cutlery.