Start off the New Year with some New Ideas for your Kids!!

Any New Year’s Resolutions?…

How about keeping some new foods handy in the kitchen to help your kids make healthier choices this year????

It’s hard to believe we are starting a new year already.  Almost half of the school year has already gone by…I feel as though we should be into more of a routine at this point.  I know in my household, our schedule slows down in the winter.  There aren’t as many scheduled activities and practices.  This is a great time to work on adding in some new healthy recipes and staples into your pantry and refrigerator.

A great idea that I found from Real Simple Magazine…

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/shopping-storing/grab-go-snack-stashes-00000000000615/page2.html

Grab-and-Go Snack Stashes

Refrigerator Snack Station

  • Jar of peanut butter (preferably the natural kind, for dipping)
  • String cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Grapes
  • Assorted crudités—baby-cut carrots, celery sticks, pepper slices—in plastic bags
  • Orange segments
  • Lunch-meat roll-ups (like turkey-and-Swiss or ham-and-Cheddar)
  • Tub of hummus (for dipping)

Kids are always looking for what is quick and easy.  Keeping healthy snacks already prepared in the fridge just makes it a little easier to grab. Makes packing lunches easier too!

When your kids get home from school…encourage them to go to the snack station in the fridge.  OR Pull it out for them and put in on the kitchen table for easier access.  Eating these types of snacks right after school may help them cut back on reaching for less healthy snacks.

 

2 Comments

  • By Lisa, January 6, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

    LOVE this idea!!

  • By Demetria, March 4, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    I completely agree. I don’t nuaerstdnd the need for constant snacks. Especially since alot ot time the snacks include chips, cookies, etc. I especially don’t like it because of my daughter’s treenut and peanut allergy. I remember when shewas a toddler at the playground and parents were constantly feeding their kids while they were trying to run around and play. On the swing, snack, on the slide, snack, while running, snack, etc. Let the kids play without constantly chasing them with snack food. I didn’t nuaerstdnd the need for eating in the enclosed playground area. I always brought a drink and yes some food item (but that was to eat when we were on our way home, not in the playground. Atleast our soccer games no food allowed on field. Only drinks for water breaks. I do always go out with my bag for carrying epipen/benadryl and ofcourse I have some snacks and drinks in there. But that’s just in case we’re out atleat she’ll have something safe to eat.Linda

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