Need a little help making sure your little ones have a healthy diet? The best advice is to start early. Read on for five more tips.
1. Make snacks healthy.
When your kids ask for candy and a soda, help them make better choices by stocking up on healthy snacks. Try carrots, apples, raisins, low-fat peanut butter on whole-wheat toast and low-fat string cheese.
2. Don’t forget the veggies.
While kids may crave the sweetness of fruit, it’s important to encourage them to eat their greens. You can add peas to pasta or even make a cauliflower mash instead of using potatoes.
3. Make time for fun.
When your kids get home from school, their brains need a break. Encourage them to exercise (play!) before diving into homework. A good game of catch can help boost concentration.
4. Plan ahead for better meals.
If you know your family will be out all afternoon for extracurricular activities, pack healthy snacks or dinner for the road. That way you’ll reach for a healthy choice instead of stopping at the drive-thru.
5. Lead by example.
Kids mimic their parents. When you need a snack, choose a healthy one too. Lead by example to keep hearts healthy.