Persuading your kids to eat their veggies, as every parent knows, is very often the furthest thing from being all fun and games. Healthy eating can be less stressful and even a little more fun with the advice of a few experts who know how to turn a chore into a game.
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I know what you’re thinking…what about the holidays isn’t kid friendly? Or possibly, what about the holidays is at all adult friendly? I mean, while we run about in chaos, our kids simply get to celebrate all month long with cookies and juice at ballet class and tree-shaped pancakes in Pre-k.
If you struggle to convince your kids that vegetables have a legitimate place in candy’s favorite holiday, hope over to 365 Halloween for inspiration. They’ve pulled pictures from around the web showcasing just how terrifyingly tasty vegetables can be. Best of all, these creative vegetables platters are a great opportunity to get the kids involved.
When we saw the Peanut Butter & Fruit “Sushi” at The Kitchn, we knew immediately they were onto a great idea. If you’re looking for a nutritious way to motivate your kids, give them opportunities to earn a Sushi bar as their after-school snack. Let them pick their favorite fruits and all-natural (i.e., no added sugar) nut butter to fill a whole-grain, low-fat wrap for a snack-time treat that’s fun to make and earns Guiding Stars.
Expert Chef Erin Dow and Scientific Advisor Lori Kaley make a batch of simple Carrot Fries, which are basically roasted carrots. Not only does roasting concentrate the sugars in carrots to make them taste sweeter, kids are just more willing to try a vegetable if you call it a fry. If you’re planning a healthy Halloween party, why not take the spin one creepy step further and offer the kids Fried Fingers this year?
If your kids are like most kids, getting them to eat vegetables isn’t quite as easy as getting them to eat candy. Can you imagine offering them vegetables as a reward for finishing their chore list for the week? Have they ever said, “Would you please, please, PLEASE let me bring vegetables to the class Halloween party?” Not the most likely scenario, right?
Packing a bagged lunch is one great way to send your child to school with nutritious foods you know they’ll want to eat. Even if your school has a healthful and delicious lunch menu, there are plenty of scenarios where packing a bagged lunch for your child is necessary or just makes more sense. A study done by the University of Texas shows very clear evidence, however, that sticking an ice pack in your child’s lunchbox is not enough to keep their food safe and free of harmful bacteria. Don’t let the evidence stress you–there are some very simple things you can do to make sure your child’s bagged lunch stays safe.