Finding the fun in healthy snacks for kids
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics continuously makes efforts to educate people across the country about ways to live a nutritious and healthy lifestyle. Educating your children early on about the importance of living a healthful lifestyle and adopting a nutritious diet will help them grow up to be healthy adults.
There are fun ways to get the entire family to work on developing better habits around food and exercise.
Regularly introduce new foods
Only about 10% of Americans are getting enough fruits and vegetables in their diets. With so many added benefits like vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants, fruits and vegetables keep us feeling and looking our best.
However, we recognize that it can be difficult to commit to healthy meals for those who might not be used to it, yet. Make it a goal each week to introduce healthy snacks for kids like new fruits or vegetables. You may even find that there are plenty of fun and tasty ways to prepare even the leafiest of greens.
Get your hands dirty
Gardening is a rewarding hobby for both your family and the environment. Research suggests that having your kids help to make a family garden can improve their eating habits because they are more likely to want to try the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor.
Once you’ve harvested your foods, bring your child into the kitchen to help make a meal. Through the experiential learning of creating healthy snacks for kids together from seed to table, children will become excited about their efforts and nutritious foods.
Play a game with your food
Playing with food is usually a big no-no in every house. However, a creative and fun way for your children to learn about foods and ingredients is by turning it into a game. Try having them explore the aisles of a farmer’s market or grocery store to locate healthy food items you will need to prepare a meal.
A scavenger hunt challenges them to learn more about healthy food groups, and where they are found in the grocery store. Children love to be hands-on with most activities and encouraging them to try a new dish filled will be much easier if they are involved in the progress. By recognizing certain ingredients that they helped find, they’re more likely to want to try the final masterpiece.