It’s every parents dream to have strong, healthy and fit kids. However, most parents make mistakes by thinking that health is something that can be achieved easily and it happens just like that. Well, it’s not going to happen that way; you expecting your kids to understand what healthy food and snack are without you showing the examples of what to do.
On the contrary to public and common belief, snack isn’t always unhealthy. When done correctly and properly, snack time is the perfect time to provide additional supplement and nutrition for your kids. Snack isn’t only consumed to make them stay full; snacking time can be the perfect time for parents to introduce healthy meal, covering healthy nutrition and vitamins.
If you want your kids to maintain the healthy habits and lifestyle, here are the things you should do:
- Introduce healthy eating and make yourself the role model. How can you expect your kids to have healthy eating and snacking if you yourself consume unhealthy snacks? Kids learn by imitating. If they see you consume the healthy snacks and foods, they will imitate you. After all, don’t you think it is a bit hypocrite if you can enjoy the unhealthy foods while your kids have to stick with the healthy choices?
- Start early. If you manage to introduce healthy eating or healthy snacks to them at very early age, the possibility that they will maintain the healthy lifestyle will continue until they grow up. After all, starting early is always good because they haven’t been ‘contaminated’ with all the sweetness or saltiness of the food.
- Don’t stash the unhealthy choices. You kids won’t be able to binge on potato chips or cookies if you don’t provide them. Be sure to stash your fridge with fruits, plain yoghurt, or other healthy options that you can think of.
- Consider making or baking your own snacks. If you want your kids to stay away from preservatives or artificial flavors, why not making and baking your own snacks? There are loads of tasty snacks that are easy to make as well as affordable. You are sure that your kids are eating healthy options (since you make them yourself), and they can still enjoy the tasty treats.
- Don’t limit your options. There are lots of mix and match menus and options that you can make. Instead of applying peanut butter on donuts or breads, why not applying them on banana or celery? Letting them dip their favorite fruits into fat free yoghurts is another alternative to make them realize that healthy snack isn’t always plain, but it can be tasty too.
- Consider grain. There are loads of whole grain foods that you can try. Whole grain tortillas or pretzels are great to provide energy as well as satisfying your kids’ palate; not to mention that they are also high in fiber – great for those with digestive issues.
- Introduce independence and freedom. Provide the healthy options and ingredients around the house so your kids can choose whatever mix and match they like. They can pick whatever fruits they love or make their own smoothies without fuss.