I try to include my kids whenever I'm making healthy snacks and desserts; they seem to want to eat them if they have helped. Here's one that is a hit:
Put equal two cup parts of triple-grain Cheerios, rice and corn Chex, reduced fat cheddar crackers, various dried fruits (papaya, bananas, apricots, pineapple, apple and cranberries) and one cup unsalted nuts into a large freezer bag and shake. Store in airtight containers until ready to use; dish them out into small baggies or containers. This snack is ready to eat and can travel anywhere.
Be flexible and try new things. In fact, ask the kids for their ideas. Their ideas may seem wacky, but if they will eat healthier, who cares?
Begin teaching good eating habits as early as you can. Try to make mealtime or snack time a happy occasion. Here are some strategies to promote healthy eating among your kids:
1. In the spring, plant a garden and let the children help.
2. Include your child in cooking.
3. Let them help at the grocery store.
4. Let them create surprise snacks or desserts for the family.
5. Praise them for everything they do right.
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Jodie Lynn is an internationally syndicated parenting/family columnist.