All kids are ready for a snack when they get home from school. Having these ready for when they return can be the beginning of a great evening. Try washed and cut fresh fruits and veggies, and keep them within an easy reach in the refrigerator. Also, consider a snack drawer filled with healthy foods for your older students.
Research shows that the simple act of cutting fruit will increase children’s consumption!
The Good and Bad.
Any time we prepare food, like baking or cooking, we are processing food (even sliced apples and boiled eggs are considered processed). Many of these processed foods are good for us and have a place in a balanced diet. Learn what’s healthy and what’s not-so-healthy. For instance, foods that are minimally processed could include roasted nuts, spinach (bagged), frozen vegetables and fruit, and canned tomatoes. These are typically processed at their peak to lock in freshness and optimum nutritional quality.
Heavily processed foods are those that are not in their original form, and foods that have added ingredients, such as salt, sugar and fat. Foods like breakfast cereal, savory snacks, pies, biscuits and cakes. Also, convenience foods, like microwave meals may lead people to eat more than the recommended amounts of sugar, salt and fat. Always read nutrition labels so you can choose wisely.
Kids learn how to eat by trying new foods at least 15 times. If they don’t like it, don’t force it, but do have them try it again. Let them know that your encouragement is setting them up for a lifelong habit of healthy eating so they can live a healthier life.
- Better Homes and Bodies