You can be one smart cookie when you eliminate, or at least drastically reduce, sugars from your child’s diet. Especially for the picky eater, who isn’t eating a healthy variety of foods, this one adjustment will open the door to appreciating different tastes.
Keep your pantry stocked with nourishing items! If healthful foods are easily accessible, while crackers, cookies, and chips are limited and kept out sight, then kids (and you) will eat wholesome foods.
Here are some yummy snacks, which are effortless to prepare as well as healthy:
- Plain yogurt topped with banana slices or other fruit.
- Julienne slices of veggies with a tasty dip.
- Popcorn, edamamie, nuts, and sunflower seeds are healthy munchies.
- Fruit and cheese are quick and easy to eat.
- The only cookies in your pantry should be wholesome, made with real ingredients and low in sugar. When you bake your own, you can cut the sugar by a ¼ or more without anybody noticing.
- Top whole-grain cereals with sliced fruit instead of sugar.
- When the weather’s warm, 100 percent juice Popsicles hit the spot.
- Instead of buying a sugary instant breakfast, make a fruit smoothie. Super-charge it with healthful ingredients like barely green and flax seed oil.
- Apple slices dipped in peanut or almond butter.
- Don’t purchase soda and limit juice consumption. You can cut back on sugar even further by diluting fruit juices with water. Remember, 100 percent fruit juice is loaded with natural sugars.
- Serve sweets after a healthy meal so they won’t take the place of more nutritious foods.