When it comes to eating right, parents have a hard job in convincing their children that this is the right thing to do. Kids base food on tasting good and do not want to think that the food they choose is not good for them. What can a parent do about this ?
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day! We have all heard about this but getting a child or teen to eat breakfast can be a big challenge.
Encourage eating breakfast daily at home or school and make it easy. Grab-and-go meals like a waffle with peanut butter, a boiled egg and fruit or homemade oatmeal bars make eating breakfast a breeze. Warm up with a hearty bowl of oatmeal on a cool morning or hydrate with sweet chunks of fresh fruit and yogurt when it’s warm outside. With so many options on the table, you’re sure to find something that works — peanut butter on whole grain toast, fruit, eggs, yogurt or last night’s leftovers. Create a breakfast with staying power using protein and carbohydrate combos like fruit and yogurt, whole-grain cereal with milk.
Though it may take time, helping your child and/or teen eat a nutritious breakfast today will build healthy eating habits that last a lifetime.
I want a cookie not a fruit for snack! Have you heard this statement before from your child? I think we all have. Getting your child to eat healthy whole foods as snacks instead of the sweets may cause a tug of war with your child. Here are some tips you can use with your child:
Offer nutrient-dense foods for snacks that are otherwise lacking in the diet and will improve your child’s nutrient intake. Make sure that the snack containing protein and fiber, so that the snacks are filling, sustaining and add to the quality of the diet. Offer meals and snacks at predictable times and let the family know when the kitchen is closed at other times. This will prevent grazing with food.
Try some of these combinations as snacks.
- Nuts, dried fruit, whole-grain pretzels and low-sugar dry cereal
- Reduced-fat cheese and pear slices
- Reduced sodium deli-sliced turkey breast wrapped around apple slices
- Low-fat yogurt, fruit and nuts
- Nuts and raisins
- Celery sticks filled with almond butter and sprinkled with dried cranberries and chopped pistachios
- Baked tortilla chips dipped in salsa
- Whole-wheat tortilla with reduced-sodium turkey breast and reduced-fat cheese heated in the microwave
Start getting your child to become a smart snacker! Get your child and teen to start eating right and live healthy! For more information, check out the Kids Eat Right website: www.eatright.org\kids . Next week is to start getting your child to become active with moving!!