How to get kids to choose healthy, clean eating snacks? This could be something you have been wondering. Perhaps you have been struggling with it also.
When people are hungry, they grab whatever is the easiest and is at hand. I know I do this and so do the other members of my family.
Grocery stores and commercials are not helpful. Ads are filled with food that we don’t really want our families to eat. Grocery stores put the “bad” foods at eye level and therefore the easiest to grab.
Snacking is important. Many of us grew up (myself included) with the idea that we should only eat three times a day. Our bodies need good food to fuel them and keep them going through the day.
Here are some great reasons to snack:
- Can prevent overeating (snack on whole grains, foods with protein, fruit or vegetables)
- Keeps blood sugar levels steady. This allows for increased concentration and productivity
- Provides nutrients our bodies need to retain energy for our bodies and our minds
How to get kids to choose healthy, clean eating snacks (for big and little kids)
Make snacks easily accessible – place them at eye level for your family members in both your pantry and refrigerator.
Restrict snacking to certain areas of the house – this will keep them from snacking mindlessly. Don’t let them watch tv or be on the computer when they snack.
Let kids pick – letting your children pick the snack they want promotes independence. Of course, all of the snacks are ones that you have chosen!
Offer a variety of good snacks – I keep organic chips, granola bars, organic candy in my pantry. In the refrigerator, I have cut up vegetables and whole fruits. If you have very little ones, cut up the fruit for them and store in plastic bags.
Teach by example – our children want to be like their parents. Make sure you choose healthy snacks and they will to!
Get kids involved in making snacks – An article from A Healthier Michigan states that getting kids involved in preparation of fruits and vegetables gives you a chance to talk to them about the food and leads to excitement for the fruits, vegetables and snacks you prepare together.
Take time to talk to your family about why you want them to choose healthy snacks. Speak at their level and they will understand. It won’t take long before your family is choosing healthy snacks like a high protein trail mix over sugary and fat ladened snacks.
Get in the kitchen with your children. One of the most popular recipes in my home are healthy apple cinnamon muffins. They are full of good for you ingredients. I have them available for snacks and pack them in lunches too. They freeze well too!
I store all of my snacks together at eye level so my family has easy access to them and can choose healthy snacks I feel good about.
Speaking of refrigerators, do you ever have a smelly fridge? Take a few moments to read my 7 tips on how to get rid of the stink!
Print a copy of this Clean Eating Snacks list and add it to your refrigerator.
Do you have any tips on ways to get your family to choose healthy snack? I would love to hear them.
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