Every mother wants their child to eat healthy, including when they’re at school. Schools lacking the funds to provide healthier options are forced to keep foods high in sodium on the menu. Sweets and munchies are of course very tempting, especially kids. Following this guide can help encourage your children stay healthy while they’re at school. You even benefit from these helpful tips as well!
Whole grains & breakfast
Whole grains are vital to a balanced diet. Try using whole grain bread for sandwiches as well as snacks made with whole grain, such as brown rice crackers, granola bars, and non-buttered popcorn.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s also the best time to introduce whole grains to your kids. The best cereals to buy are those that have 5 grams of fiber and 5 grams of protein. Try avoiding anything that has more than 10 grams of sugar.
Sugars: fitting in fruit and dairy
Dairy provides protein and calcium, two of the most important nutrients for growing bodies. Flavored milk is the enemy: they provide double the sugar of whole milk. Most of that sugar is added in to give it that enticing flavor. The same goes for yogurts; go for brands with full fat and as little additives as possible.
Adding in fruit and veggies to your kids’ snack can improve the healthiness of their meal. Fruits like apples and pears provide fiber as well as important sugars and other nutrients. Carrots and other veggies provide those much-needed vitamins like Vitamins A and D.
Kids can be fussy of course. Try giving them these snacks in another form. Apple chips, raisins, and other varieties of dried fruit are great for picky eaters. Mixing veggies and fruits together into smoothies is a refreshing way to sneak in some healthy ingredients; they won’t even notice!