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Did you know August is “Kids’ Eat Right Month“?
In celebration, I’m pulling together my favorite tips and tricks for helping kids to eat healthy.
My #1 tip is to always, always have veggies on hand. A few of my favorite techniques for doing so include:
- Stocking the fridge with individual portions of cut veggies and hummus or yogurt cups for dipping so the kids can simply grab and go.
- Setting out a plate of veggies and our favorite dips as we cook dinner. The kids are always hungry around then and I have no problem with them filling up on the good stuff.
- Using my slow cooker to always make sure I have a nutritious vegetable side dish ready to go with dinner.
This last tip is especially useful for the coming fall season. It’s always so wonderful to have something warm and delicious stewing in the kitchen all day when the weather starts to turn cold.
Here are half a dozen of our favorite ways to slow cook your veggies:
- Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob via 12 Tomatoes (pictured top)
- Slow Cooker Glazed Carrots via Who Needs a Cape? (pictured second row left)
- Crockpot Sweet Potatoes via TheFrugalGirls.com (pictured third row left)
- Super Simple Side: Crispy Garlic Onion Green Beans via Crockpot Gourmet. (pictured bottom right)
- Slow Cooker Roasted Vegetables via Six Sisters’ Stuff
- The Easiest Way to Cook Spaghetti Squash via My Plant-Based Family
Of course, dinner isn’t the only time we like to try to encourage healthy eating. I polled some of my best mom friends for their go-to tricks for feeding their littles nutritious stuff all day long. Here’s what they said:
- Include the kids in every step of the process from meal planning and grocery shopping to preparing the meal.
- Take the time to educate them and explain why we nourish our bodies. You’ll be surprised how much they can understand and appreciate about the power of good food.
- Presentation is big but you don’t have to create a Pinterest-worthy bento box for every meal. Think about exciting plates and silverware as well as using toothpicks in unexpected places to add a little fun.
- Nutritious food doesn’t have to be boring. There are tons of yummy recipes out there for energy bites, smoothies, and much more. Here’s a great recipe for homemade fruit bars you can whip up using Pediasure Sidekicks:
And for even more help starting of the school year right, be sure to check out our post:
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