The importance of proper nutrition for children truly cannot be overstated. Indeed, a healthy diet allows kids to focus during school and other activities, gives them the fuel they need to remain active throughout the day, and can ensure that they are receiving all of the nutrients they need in order to live a healthy life.
Of course, with busy schedules and picky kids, it’s not always easy to get our little ones to eat right throughout the day. Indeed, many children are often more inclined to eat foods that are more delicious, yet aren’t necessarily as nutritious.
This month, however, we are encouraging parents nationwide to make a few simple choices that will benefit the health of their little ones (with the help of a fun coloring activity), in celebration of March as National Nutrition Month. And for an easy way to get started, consider having your kids eat these five snacks this month, which are tasty and full of the nutrients that your child truly needs.
Perhaps one of the best nutrition options for growing kids comes in the form of trail mix, which can be found at many grocery stores, or even easily made at home. Trail mix generally contains nuts, seeds, and even some dried fruit (such as raisins or dried strawberries), and provides a healthy combination of nutrient-dense foods with a slightly sweet kick.
Here, however, it is important to avoid many of the commercially available trail mix options that are filled with a number of sugary items, such as chocolate chips, sweetened banana chips, or even M&Ms. Some trail mixes are also very salty. While these may be tastier than other trail mix, their high sugar content defeats the purpose of this snack. Try adding seeds and whole grain cereals for added nutrition.
Almond Butter on Celery Sticks with Raisins
This is a delicious twist on ‘ants on a log,??? a favorite of children nationwide. To make this snack, simply spread some almond butter along a piece of celery, and place a few raisins to the sticky substance (their appearance mimics ants on a log, hence the name). Almond butter is a nutritious and tasty alternative to peanut butter, to which many children are allergic. Celery and raisins both provide their own benefits, as well.
Whole-Milk Yogurt with Fresh Fruit
If your child needs a snack to boost his or her energy in the afternoon, consider making him or her a snack of whole-milk yogurt with fresh fruit stirred in, you could even sprinkle some granola on top. Whole-milk yogurt has the fat, protein, and calcium content that growing children need and will provide your child with a significant boost of energy to help him or her get through the rest of the day. Fruits are naturally sweet and the fiber can help give your child a boost without the crash.
Turkey and Lettuce Wraps
Are you looking for a healthy meal option that you can pack in your child’s school lunch? If so, you may wish to try offering your little one a turkey and lettuce wrap, a favorite of many children everywhere. To make one of these wraps you will need sliced turkey (or any other of your child’s favorite deli meats), lettuce, tomatoes, and any of your child’s favorite sandwich condiments, such as mustard or mayonnaise. Place the ingredients in a large piece of lettuce, and wrap it from one end to the other, folding the top and bottom ends as well. This great snack mimics the shape of a burrito and the taste of a delicious sandwich, and is packed with nutrient-dense foods that will help keep your child healthy.
A Summer Salad
With the warm weather approaching, now is the perfect time to make a delicious summer salad full of leafy greens and other tasty vegetables that are finally about to ripen. But, as we all know, it can be nearly impossible to get a child to eat a salad without causing a huge fight.
If you want to get your little one to eat his or her portion of salad this year without a family feud, you may wish to bring home the Leafy Greens Garden Salad kids’ toy beforehand for your child’s toy collection. This great nutrition toy for kids comes with 33 different pretend play pieces to make up a healthy salad, and will help encourage your child to eat his or her greens.
Eating Healthy for National Nutrition Month
Do you want to get your child on the path to healthy eating this year? If so, help us celebrate National Nutrition Month this March and try these five simple snacks that your children will love.