A lot of children do not eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Snack time can be used as a way to increase fruits and vegetable intake. Allow children to snack on nutrient-dense foods such as baby carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, bananas, grapes and so many more. Consider pairing them with other healthy items such as yogurt or peanut butter.
Tip: Take advantage of snack time as a way to increase your child’s fruit and vegetable intake!
Sometimes food is used for reasons other than hunger by children (and adults) – like boredom – which can lead to over eating and loss of weight control. Ensure that your snack options are healthy however you may need to offer other activities as a distraction such as going for a walk, playing a game, engaging in sport or practicing a hobby.
Tip: What do you do with bored kids who may eat to solve their boredom? Offer them healthy snacks and physical activity so they don’t over eat!
Eating healthily has many benefits for children. It can:
- Maintain their energy to perform activities.
- Sharpen their minds.
- Even out their moods.
- Help them maintain a healthy weight.
When establishing healthy eating habits, sitting down at a table and eating meals together is an important part. Family mealtimes also provide a chance to: stimulate conversation, provide comfort, build stronger familial relations, monitor eating habits and a chance to set a good example of what eating healthy looks like.
Tip: Eating together as a family is important to instill values, build bonds and set good examples.