Can you feel it? Can you hear it? It’s SPRING ON THE WAY!!! Soon the kids will be outside running around and getting rid of some of that pent up winter energy, with that comes the many calls of “I’m hungry!”.
Below are a few easy ways to serve up healthy snacks that your kids will actually eat. These three strategies are easy to plan and execute, and you can adjust portion sizes as needed depending on whether there’s a sports practice, lesson, or if dinner will be later than normal.
Make a snack box or drawer: Clean out the junk drawer or create a special snack box in the kitchen and turn it over to the kids. Fill it with an assortment of healthy, mom-approved snacks – think granola bars (look for ones that are lower in added sugars and higher in fiber and protein), mini Larabars, portioned out bags of trail mix, or dried fruit- and let kids help themselves to one after school.
Serve up a cheese plate. Plate up a mix of sliced, shredded, or diced cheese; crackers, pita chips, or tortillas; raw snap peas, sliced cucumber, or cherry tomatoes; and sliced apples, grapes, or dried apricots. Let them help themselves to the assortment.
Blend up a smoothie. Let the kids choose fruits-banana, frozen berries, kiwi, and pineapple- to add to a simple yogurt-based smoothie. Work together to prep the ingredients and let them adjust the mix by adding a little OJ, milk, honey, cocoa powder, and/or vanilla.
Remember: A snack should be smaller than a meal since it’s just meant to tide your kids over until dinner. You want them to be hungry by the time dinner rolls around since it will increase the likelihood that they will eat what you make.
March 8, 2016 – 11:37 AM - | Posted in health | No Comments »