Kids Eat Right Month! // 10 Tips for Healthy Kids

Did you know that August is Kids Eat Right month? This is a great opportunity to focus on small changes that can help us eat healthier and be more physically active!

Eating healthy and being active can be FUN! Here are a couple of tips that will get the whole family involved. Pick one or two to focus on during August.

  • Get moving! Kids should be active for at least 60 minutes a day. Go play outside, have a dance party, or challenge your friend to a race around the block.
  • Try a new fruit or vegetable! Find something at the store you’ve never tried before – you just might like it!
  • Choose low-fat dairy! Switching low-fat dairy for whole milk products is an easy way to make a healthier choice.
  • Pack a healthy snack! Don’t get stranded while you are hungry – bring some nuts, fruit, or a cheese stick to keep your energy high while you’re out and about.
  • Eat together! Bring your whole family together for mealtime. Prepare meals together and enjoy one another’s company.
  • Get active as a family! Go on a walk, bike ride, and plan fun activities together each week.
  • Drink lots of water! Stay hydrated by drinking mostly water or low-fat milk.
  • Make a fruity dessert! Satisfy your sweet tooth with a healthier option, like berries and granola or a chocolate chip banana muffin.
  • Help cook! Ask your parents what you can do to help around the kitchen. Chop veggies, stir batter, or watch the oven to make sure the food cooks just right!
  • Choose whole-grains! Use wheat flour instead of white flour, use brown rice instead of white rice, or try some whole-wheat tortillas today!

Find more resources at kidseatright.org!

Happy All Day Long // Tips for Healthy Summertime Snacks

Who’s stomach grumbles after lunch, but before it’s time for dinner? Or just before bedtime? I know mine does! Sometimes a snack is just what the doctor ordered.

Snacks are small portions of food, just enough to keep your stomach happy until it’s time for your next meal. Snacks that include FIBER and PROTEIN are the best at keeping you full and satisfied.

So, fiber, what is it anyways?

Fiber is found in…the skins of fruits and vegetables, whole-grains and cereals, and nuts and legumes. Your body does not digest fiber, but fiber plays an important role in your digestive health. It also helps clean-out “the bad-guy” cholesterol in your gut. Here are a couple examples of fiber-rich foods. Which are your favorite?

Protein is another important part of your snack. Protein molecules are like the doctors and construction workers in your body – they help build and repair damaged tissues and keep your body strong and healthy. What protein foods are your favorite?

When you eat a meal with fiber or protein, it stays in your stomach for a longer period of time, helping your body digest the food you’ve eaten slowly. This gives you lasting energy!

Building healthy snacks is easy! Pick at least one food from the pictures above and think of something it would taste good with. Let’s use peanut butter as an example. What snacks can we create with peanut butter? Here are three ideas we came up with.

  • Peanut butter + celery
  • Peanut butter + banana
  • Peanut butter + pretzels/crackers

Let us know what snack creations you come up with, and try some of our own!

“Mom, Can I Get Some More?!” // Healthy BBQ Sides

Who loves barbecues? Who loves all the different kinds of food at barbecues? Have you ran out of room for all the food you want to try?

I know I have!

Making healthy choices can be difficult at these kinds of parties. But with a few simple tips, you’ll have no problem at all.

  • Tip #1 – Take what you love, leave what you like! It’s important to allow ourselves to eat our favorite foods, even if they aren’t the best choice. Pick one dessert you know you’ll love, and leave the rest for another time.
  • Tip #2 – Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Enjoy the fresh crunch of cucumbers, carrots, corn on the cob, and juicy watermelon!
  • Tip #3 – Stop eating when you’re full! It’s easy to accidentally grab more food than you are hungry for. Listen to your tummy when it tells you it’s done.
  • Tip #4 – Bring a healthy side to share with your friends and family! Try one of our recipes below.

Enjoy!

#10 of 12 Days of Kids Create

This time of year tends to include lots of baking – cookies, pies, cakes, and more cookies! 🍪🍪🍪

Bake the perfect batch of cookies by using the tips reviewed in the video below! There are 10 tips because today is the 10th day of Kids Create!

Have fun baking!