Introducing your kids to healthy food eating habits on a daily basis is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. With creativity and determination, the most stubborn eater can eat healthy. In recognition of National Nutrition Month, here are some healthy snacks for the wee ones.
1. Cucumber Boats with Spiced Yogurt. I got this idea from a favorite website. And I think it's awesome. Who would have thought? Cucumbers and other veggies are usually the first foods to be ignored by babies. By carving out the cucumber and presenting the snack in a fun way may or may not be a deceptive way to get kids to eat healthy.
2. Peanut Butter Cookies. Everybody loves cookies. Yummy and healthy. Perfect for any activities, be it a picnic, camping, or school snacks. Prepare a bunch of peanut butter cookies for your kids. If you want them to embrace peanut butter cookies, even more, have them help you prepare and bake them. The trick with keeping peanut butter cookies all comes down to what peanut butter you buy. Read the ingredients and shy away with brands that have high fructose corn syrup or brands that have sugar as the main ingredient. Finding an all-natural, peanut-only brand is the way to go.
3. Chocolate Banana Crepes. Bananas are rich in potassium and other vitamins. And kids can’t say no to chocolate. Chocolate banana crepes are perfect not just for snacks but also for dessert.
4. Orange Cranberry Muffins. If the banana thing doesn't work, try the orange-cranberry duo. Nothing beats this combo of sweet, fluffy, tartness.
This year's National Nutrition Month theme is "Savor the Flavor of Eating Right," which means being mindful in our eating habits. Our children watch, learn, and develop the same habits that we have. Let’s help our children develop the habit of eating right.