Smart Kids Make Smart Food Choices

Em­power your lit­tle ones by help­ing them pre­pare healthy snacks

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The learn­ing needn’t stop the mo­ment your kids get home from school. In fact, it ex­tends to the com­fort and con­fines of your home. The fun­da­men­tal skill sets and val­ues are of­ten taught in the most nur­tur­ing and com­mu­nal nook of the house: its kitchen.

All you need to do is come up with a plan for em­pow­er­ing your lit­tle ones to be up to the task.

1. Set a sched­ule each day. It can be be­fore or after din­ner, or ear­lier in the morn­ing be­fore they leave for school. It’s a tried and tested way to nur­ture your lit­tle ones while show­ing them how to be­come self-suf­fi­cient.

2. Teach them first. For tod­dlers who can’t han­dle the knife yet, prep in­gre­di­ents for them and sim­ply guide them with se­lect­ing what to pack in sand­wich bags and food con­tain­ers. As they grow into the habit, you’ll see your child be­come more as­sertive with their tastes and choices.

3. Cre­ate a lunch pack­ing sta­tion on the kitchen counter. Set a lit­tle step­ping stool if your child can’t quite reach the sur­face, and help il­lus­trate for them the el­e­ments of a healthy lunch. Protein like chicken, eggs, or roast beef can come in a sand­wich. A gen­er­ous serv­ing of veg­eta­bles can be spiced and herbed to taste more in­ter­est­ing. Have them pack fruits in­stead of can­dies and crack­ers. And don’t for­get one lit­tle cheat snack as a re­ward for a good day.

4. Go shop­ping with your kids. Guide them one-on-one around the su­per­mar­ket so they see which in­gre­di­ents go into their food be­fore they’re cooked and prepped in­side their lunch­boxes. Bet­ter yet, give them the op­tion of pick­ing their pack­ag­ing. See­ing their fa­vorite Dis­ney char­ac­ters and princesses on Glad’s col­lec­tion of sand­wich bags and con­tain­ers livens up any lunch, and gets them ex­cited about school the next day.

Princesses, Cars, and Toy Story sand­wich bags

Frozen mini snack con­tainer

Fro zens na ck co n t a i n er

Cars va­ri­ety con­tain­ers

Cars mini snack con­tainer

Cars snack con­tainer

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