6 Strate­gies to En­cour­age Nu­tri­tious Snack­ing

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With an abun­dance of pre­pared-in-ad­vance snacks avail­able that likely come along with un­nec­es­sary salts and sug­ars, it can be dif­fi­cult to en­cour­age kids to eat snacks with health­ier ingredients.

Quick recipes that in­clude beef and veg­gies may not be the first snack idea that comes to mind for kids (or par­ents), but it’s not im­pos­si­ble to in­still bet­ter de­ci­sion-mak­ing in the kitchen. Skip the chips and im­prove your chil­dren’s snack habits with these sim­ple ideas for in­flu­enc­ing health­ier de­ci­sions: En­hance the vis­ual ap­peal of foods by pierc­ing them with dec­o­ra­tive tooth­picks. Of­fer a va­ri­ety of col­or­ful foods on a plate. Cre­ate color con­trasts with foods on a plate or in a bowl. Ar­range foods in an or­derly way us­ing a bento box or di­vided plate that helps keep them sep­a­rate. In­volve kids in pre­par­ing their meals. Pair nu­tri­tious foods, like fruits and veg­eta­bles, with well-liked or fa­mil­iar foods.

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