Healthy Afternoon Snacks
School is back in session and everything kicks off in full swing, which can make it a challenge to maintain healthy eating habits. Swinging by McDonalds with the kids, ordering in a pizza and stocking the freezer with quick bites like Tostitoâ€™s Pizza Rolls can certainly be tempting for the busy parent this time of year. However, eating right can improve your childrenâ€™s chances of excelling in school, making responsible decisions and, of course, their general physical well being. We will touch on how healthy eating benefits your children much more than just their physical health and what you can do to create nourishing after school snacks.
Set the StageÂ Â
Â It is important to set the stage for healthy eating habits for children while they are young for a number of reasons. Teach your children to try different foods and eat a balanced diet because when they grow older you will not always be there to guide them on what they should eat.
Some foods have amazing benefits. According to Janice Baranowski, a pediatric behavioral nutritionist at Baylor University of Houston, eating habits can affect your childâ€™s concentration and increase their performance in school. For instance, berries are said to improve concentration. Deficiencies in iron can be the cause of low energy levels in your children, so donâ€™t forget to serve them some beef and poultry on a regular basis. Click here to learn more about how healthy eating can affect your childrenâ€™s life.
A great way to encourage your children to eat in a healthy manner is to involve them in food preparation. Perhaps you can set up a â€œCooking Showâ€ as Aimee, Editor at Simple Bites, did with her daughter and some friends. Preschoolers will enjoy creating Frogs on a Log, plus itâ€™s full of nutrients. All ages will enjoy baking this simple, yet tasty Zucchini Bread with chocolate chips.
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