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Have you tried to get your child to eat healthier snacks, but weren’t sure how? I admit that as much as I love healthy snacks, it’s so easy to reach for the bad ones.
As great as an unhealthy snack can taste, the toll it takes on our bodies isn’t okay. To keep your family in a healthy state, you may need some tips to get your kids to snack healthier too.
Create fun dips
When it comes to getting kids to eat healthier, fun dips have always done the trick for my family. Fun dips can be anything as simple as plain yogurt with seasoning.
I like to have hummus on hand for my kids to dip their veggies in. You can also make a yummy fruit dip out of cream cheese!
Have easy access to fruits and veggies
No doubt that kids are going to eat what you put in front of them. I have always tried to cut up fruits and veggies and put them on the table for the kids. Give it a try and see how your kids react.
I guarantee that whatever you put in front of them, they eat (most of the time). For a quick and easy breakfast idea try blending a green smoothie with a mix of berries, bananas, and spinach. Kids love to eat, so it’s just about making the effort to put the right food on the table.
Pack healthy snacks to go
A lot of unhealthy snacking comes from being unprepared. If you’re out and about and need to feed your kids, you can already have some veggies chopped up and ready to go.
I prefer to bring veggies out with us because they’re sturdier and easier to pack. I love to throw a few Veggie-Go’s Fruit & Veggie Bites and Strips into my purse too. These guys are great to snack on and way more convenient than chopping up veggies!
Each Veggie-Go’s Fruit & Veggie Bites and Strips contains one whole serving of fruits and vegetables that you and your kids can easily eat on the go. They are organic, gluten-free, and have no added sugars – perfect for growing kids! They are SO much better for you than normal sugar-filled fruit snacks that we normally gravitate towards.
The packaging is nice and colorful too, which kids love!
We taste tested all of the flavors and my boys favorite by far was the Strawberry Chia Seeds + Beets Bites. It has a great flavor! I can’t wait to toss these in their school lunches as a healthy side.
They were also fans of Berry Apple + Spinach Strips, Beet Apple + Cinnamon Strips, and Sweet Potato Apple + Spices Strips. As for the others, they snub their noses a bit. The great thing about Veggie-Go’s is that they have so many varieties you are bound to find one your kid likes. I just suggest to try them and see what happens.
You can purchase Veggie-Go’s Fruit & Veggie Snacks at most Whole Foods Markets, Sprouts Farmers Markets, Amazon, and veggiegos.com. To find a store near you, visit: http://veggiegos.com/find-us.
Set a good example for your kids
Something else you can do to get your kids to snack healthy is to set a good example for them. If they see you snacking on carrots and apples, they may be more inclined to do so too.
It’s just like putting healthy snacks out there for them to enjoy. They are more likely to eat what they see you eating. Kids love to mimic their parents.
Let the kids see for themselves
Sometimes labeling food as tasty or not-delicious makes our kids form an opinion before they even try it. Same goes for its looks or smell.
Set the healthy foods out for your kids to try on their own. If they don’t like it, that is fine. However, they at least got a chance to see for themselves whether they liked it. I do this often and my kids have been able to narrow down their favorite fruits and veggies.
Don’t make it a battle
You know that anything you want your kids to eat, they won’t. Don’t make eating healthy foods a battle. I offer my kids fruits and veggies, but I don’t like to see tears over uneaten food. I simply tell them that this is what I’m serving if they’re hungry, they need to try it.
How do you get your kids to snack healthier?
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.