Don't misunderstand, I'm not a health nut. We eat plenty of junk and processed goodies around this house. But we do urge healthy choices when choosing snacks and try our best to get balanced meals. So here are some tips from a regular mom... that struggles just like you to get my kids eating healthy and keep myself out of the cookie jar! :)
- Store nuts and dried fruit in pretty jars ON YOUR COUNTER or a nearby shelf.
- Keep granola on hand. It's great for a crunchy snack or to add some texture to yogurt or a salad.
- Store healthy pantry items on eye level shelves, keep sweets and other trigger foods on higher shelves and up and out of the line of sight. High shelves rather than low, also keep it out of your kids line of sight.
Tip #2: Keep everything convenient! The easier it is to grab the more likely you will be to grab it.
- As soon as you get home from grocery shopping, wash fruit and prep any vegetables. You are more likely to eat fresh veggies when they are ready to go. If you get in a crunch you take time to wash veggies and will find yourself grabbing more processed (calorie filled) foods. Don't have time to prep... buy fresh veggies that are already prepped. I know it costs more, but so does that bag of potato chips.
- Prepacked smoothie ingredients into individual size baggies by freezing them in muffin tins. In the morning or for a mid afternoon snacks throw them in a blender and VIOLA! Smoothie in an instant!
Tip #3: Fridge is a good bet!
- Still searching for a snacks, search the fridge first. Keep you fridge well stocked with string cheese, cottage cheese, boiled eggs, yogurt, and those ready to eat veggie sticks. You will always find healthier food in the fridge than you will in the pantry. Again, store them at eye level, use that drawer for your ketchup or something. :)