This week I’m heading to NY for The World’s Largest Bake Sale hosted by Sandra Lee and Kmart. Even though we’ll be serving up some sweet treats (wait till you see my booth) the bake sale is designed to raise awareness to child nutrition and the No Kid Hungry campaign.
So today I wanted to share some healthy alternatives you should consider for your kids and some ways to make eating healthy fun.
First we’re going to start with a little game I like to call “This vs. That”…
1. Instead of a bowl of sugary fruit loops for breakfast, try a healthier whole wheat, bran, or whole oat option that’s high in fiber, protein and B vitamins. Throw in some fresh fruit for flavor and your kids won’t know the difference.
2. Kids deserve a treat every once in a while, but instead of a candy bar try some celery sticks, natural peanut butter and raisins… good ol’ ants on a log! Yogurt popsicles instead of ice cream; granola bars instead of cookies; etc.
3. When your packing lunches, instead of throwing in potato chips for a snack, try a bag of mixed dried fruit or whole grain crackers. Baked options are even better than greasy, salty chips.
4. Keep kids hydrated with the good stuff. Even some juices have tons of sugar that aren’t nutritious. Limit soda consumption and switch to sparkling water with a splash of fresh squeezed juice. Like a mimosa for kids!
Now if you have problems getting kids to munch on the good stuff, try making their meals a little more fun. A boring sandwich isn’t as exciting (or delicious) as one cut into an owl and I don’t think many would argue that. Plus if you create something fun for your kids to eat, it’s easier to sneak in good nutrition.
And lastly, it never hurts to consult the experts. There are tons of good cookbooks out there to help parents create fun meals while still giving kids the nutrition they need. Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld is one that comes to mind. Here’s a chicken nugget recipe from the book:
Well that’s all for now, but if you’re around Grand Central Station on Wednesday, stop by for a sweet treat and help raise awareness to the No Kid Hungry campaign. We’re breaking world records!
Do you have any tips or tricks for getting kids to eat healthy? Leave them in the comments…