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Healthy Eating Tips for Kids

Pack your kids lunch to be sure they are eating healthy at school. Here are some tips for providing healthy foods that kids love for back to school and everyday!

Teaching Kids Good Habits with Healthy Food They'll Actually Enjoy

(ARA) - Every parent knows it can be a challenge to get their kids to eat healthy meals and snacks. After all, kids are surrounded by fast food restaurants and commercials touting sugary cereals. Even school cafeterias sell soda, and junk food.

While you may not be able to control what your kids eat when they're at school or with friends, you can offer them healthy, tasty options at home. Whole grains, combined with fresh fruit and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet.

Studies show that eating whole grains lowers the risk of many chronic diseases as well as the risk of obesity, a growing problem among children in the United States.

Having great tasting, healthy foods readily available for your kids greatly increases the chances that they'll reach for something good for them when they're hungry. Here are some simple tips for healthy snacks and quick meals.

* Keep fresh fruit and vegetables in the refrigerator ready to go. Kids love small, snack-size carrots and easy-to-eat fruits like grapes.

* Kids like to dip, and you can actually add nutrition with the right dip. Peanut butter and apples or bananas are a great combination, and the peanut butter adds protein. Low-fat ranch dip adds flavor to carrots and celery sticks, as well as sneaking in some extra calcium.

* Sprouted whole grain English muffins can be the basis for many tasty snacks, and they provide an extra boost of fiber. Food for Life Baking Co. makes four kinds of 100 percent sprouted whole grain English muffins sure to be a hit with kids: Ezekiel 4:9 original, Ezekiel 4:9 cinnamon raisin, 7-sprouted grain and Genesis 1:29 Sprouted Grain and Seed.

Toast them and serve with jam, peanut or almond butter. Or get a little more creative and use them to make mini-pizzas by topping them with tomato sauce and a sprinkling of fresh mozzarella. Add other toppings of your choice, from olives to pepperoni.

* Kids will eat vegetables with less argument when they're mixed in with sprouted whole grain pasta. Add some extra vegetables to your spaghetti sauce and the kids may not even notice - but their bodies will be the better for it.

* Using Food For Life sprouted whole grain burger buns instead of a hamburger bun at dinner or instead of white bread for sandwiches is another way to incorporate whole grains into your kids' diet. Or for a quick meal on the way to dance class or soccer, simply put a scoop of tuna or egg salad on half a sprouted whole grain English muffin.

In addition to being healthy, fruits, vegetables and whole grains are very hearty and filling, just what kids need after a long day at school. And it's nice to know they won't be spoiling their dinner with empty calories.

Food for Life Baking Co., a family owned and operated company, produces an entire line of over 60 high quality baked goods made from natural ingredients for optimum health and nutrition. The company's products are distributed nationally.

For more information or to locate a retailer near you that sells Food for Life products, visit www.foodforlife.com.- Courtesy of ARA Content

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