Getting your children to eat the right foods can be hard if they are given the wrong things everywhere that they go. Grandma and the babysitter mean well, but that does not mean that they should be given sugar all of the time. Once they get a sweet tooth, it can be hard to get them to eat the right things so that they can grow up healthy and strong. You have to find new and interesting ways to present the right foods to your kids. Try some fun healthy snacks to see if you can get them back on the right track with good healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime.
Fun healthy snacks may be more about the way that you present them to your children than the types of foods that you offer, though you really want to try to give them the ones that you know they will or have eaten in the past. If they have tried and spit out broccoli, perhaps one way to get them started is to skip the broccoli and try something else. You can always try to serve that broccoli at a later date. Instead, think about the things they have had and liked in the past and go from there.
One way to get fun healthy snacks into your kids is to make them up in fun and creative ways. If this is not your strong point, there are plenty of ideas out there that you can use. For one, you can make the tried and true ‘ants on a log.’ This is a celery stick with peanut butter smeared inside. On the top of that peanut butter you can stick raisins. The celery is the log and the raisins are the ants. Many kids love this, especially boys who think eating ants is gross and fun all at the same time. You can use purple raisins for black ants and yellow raisins to represent some other type of insect if you wish.
Most kids love to dip. This is not the best idea when they are always putting potato chips into fattening dips, but there are other things that you can do. Give them rod pretzels and give them some fat free ranch dressing for dip. They will love it. You can also find a recipe for a layered dip that included grated celery, radish (just a touch for a little kick), carrots, and anything else that you want to include. You can put fresh, low fat cream cheese or sour cream in a layer to stick it all together and give your kids baked tortilla chips and let them dip away. This may be one of their favorite fun healthy snacks.
Those are just a few fun healthy snacks you can try with your kids. There are many more ideas out there that you can use. You can find cookbooks with simple and yummy ideas that you can try, and more complicated meal plans that also include the foods that you want them to eat. Don’t forget to modify things that they like, such as cake, but using applesauce instead of oil to keep the cake moist. This saves calories and most people can not tell the difference. Keep up your hard work and you will see a pay off from your healthy and happy kids