As we head back to routines this fall, healthy eating is a priority for many families. Whether your child is taking the first step into preschool and you're sending a snack, or you've got a brand-new kindergartener that needs a full lunch, we've got you covered with 5 great ways to help ease the transition and ensure your little one has healthy choices that they will actually eat!
1. Breakfast planning
Lot of moms meal plan for dinner, but what about breakfast planning? Take a few moments to talk to your kids about the choices for the week's breakfasts, and involve them in the decisions. Then, plan out your week so there are no surprises, and (hopefully) no arguments at the breakfast table. If your kids balk at the usual mix of cereal and toast, mix it up with some new ideas, like:
2. Have fun with fruits and veggies
Instead of lecturing your kids on the importance of 4-6 servings a day, teach them instead about the concept of "Eating a Rainbow" – make it a game and engage your kids – how many fruit and vegetables can you think of to make up the rainbow? Click here for more ideas and resources to help make this fun and engaging for your kids!
Sometimes as parents, we need to get creative – and hidden veggies are one way that you can sneak an extra serving or two into your child's diet – we've got lots of recipes that are kid-tested and mom-approved. New Tropicana Farmstand™ offers another great-tasting way of getting an extra serving of vegetables. Each 250 ml glass includes a full serving of vegetables!
3. Involve your kids in grocery store trips
I know, dragging kids to the grocery store – sounds fun, doesn't it? But the more we involve our kids in the healthy food choices we make, the more likely they may be to actually eat them! Use it as a teaching opportunity – kids can:
4. Plan and pack in advance for school lunches
The less you have to do on school mornings, the better! Get organized in advance and prepare as much as you can for the week at one time. You can:
5. Make the lunch visually appealing and easy to eat
All the planning in the world won't help when your kindergartener can't open his container of cucumber slices, or can't find the string cheese at snack time.
Check out momstown on Breakfast Television helping with Back to School nutrition, packing lunches, and healthy habits![video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgAaX0OHicI&feature=youtu.be align:center autoplay:0]
Are you a seasoned lunch-making pro or new to the school lunch routine? Share your tips and tricks with us!