You can hardly watch the news without seeing an ad for a new food product masqueraded as a “healthy,” “all natural,” snack. More often than not, there is nothing natural or healthy about those foods. With childhood obesity rates skyrocketing, it’s important to teach your kids how to make healthy choices, and what better way than to let them make nutritious snacks that are easy and delicious!
The first step is setting aside a low cabinet or low refrigerator shelf where kids can access food to make snacks on their own. As school and sports begin to once again crowd your family’s schedule, you could also make some simple homemade granola bars or trail mix for a convenient, on-the-go snack for your busy bees.
Here are some great, easy recipes for kids to make on their own.
Shopping List: baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, ranch dip
Shopping List: Pineapple, apples (dip in orange juice so they don’t brown), strawberries, grapes, cheese cubes, wooden kabob sticks
Shopping List: plain yogurt, granola, fruit, frozen or fresh berries
Shopping List: celery sticks, peanut butter, raisins
Shopping List: bread, peanut butter, cinnamon and sugar
Shopping List: pita bread, pizza sauce, pizza cheese, pizza toppings
Letting your kids make their own snacks and encouraging them to help cook dinners is a great way for them to learn healthy habits and portion sizes while spending quality time together as a family. Here are some other fun ways to involve your kids in the kitchen!
Need some help getting started? Our Let’s Do This web portal offers endless opportunities to learn about family wellness, nutrition and medical conditions. Fort HealthCare can also give you the help and motivation you need to make healthy family choices with the NEW Movin’ and Losin’ class. This class, held every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. from September 17 to October 22, is designed for families with children ages 8 – 15 years old who are looking for ways to incorporate healthier eating and fitness habits into their everyday lifestyle. Each week, one of our Pediatric Nurse Practitioners and Occupational Therapists will cover a different topic related to diet and exercise, including a family activity utilizing Fort HealthCare’s new Railyard fitness equipment. Space is limited! Register online today or call Andrea Billinghurst at (920) 568-5244 to reserve your spot!