It’s that time of year! September means back to school and healthy eating habits is an important part to a successful school year. One way to create a genuine enjoyment of healthy foods is to give kids a say in planning the week’s snacks. At the grocery store, have your children select the fruits and vegetables; let them choose between cheese or yogurt. Allowing your kids to have a choice in what they want to eat, makes it more fun and encouraging.
Another way to get kids excited about food is to let them explore it. Lead them to notice the color, shape, aroma, texture, and temperature. They don’t care for broccoli when it is soft and warm, maybe they enjoy it when it is crunchy and chilled? How does eating a fresh banana with peanut butter differ from blending a frozen banana with peanut butter in a smoothie? Encourage them to consider a variety of colors and textures – something creamy, something crunchy, something juicy. This familiarizes children with a variety of foods and makes it more likely for them to enjoy a wider selection of healthy options.
“Big Dipper Snack Trays” and “Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies” are easier and healthier options for you and your kids. You can find the recipes here…
Big Dipper Snack Trays: https://www.washingtonpost.com/recipes/big-dipper-snack-trays/17942/?itid=lk_inline_manual_32
Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookies: https://www.quakeroats.com/cooking-and-recipes/oatmeal-chipper-skillet-cookie