Many find it a difficult task to get their kid to eat healthy. Most kids prefer a diet of fruit roll-ups and ice cream, however, it is crucial to get your kid eating healthy at a young age. Whole grain is very important for your kids to consume. Starting off the day with a bowl of Cheerios is a great way to get started on the recommended six ounces of of whole grain your child should consume. If he or she is a big enough eater, they can get all six ounces at breakfast! Also important is the consumption of calcium. Foods that are rich in calcium build strong bones and later on can prevent osteoporosis.
When preparing food or snacks for your kid, it is often important to prepare food that is quick and easy to make. Also important is that the snacks are low in sugar and fat, as well as high in nurtrients and fiber. This can be a challenge if your kid is used to eating candy and hot dogs all the time, so you may need to get creative.
One option is to turn chicken nuggets into a healthy snack. In order to do this you will need skinless, boneless chicken breasts, non-fat buttermilk, flour, corn flakes, salt, and pepper. Fill up one bowl with flour seasoned with salt and pepper, one with buttermilk, and one with crushed corn flakes. Cut the chicken breasts into squares. Dip the chicken breast squares into the flour. Shake off all excess flour and dip the chicken into the buttermilk. Next, coat the chicken with the crushed up corn flakes. Get as much as you can to stick. Finally, put the “chicken nuggets” on a cookie sheet that is covered with foil. Back for 14-16 minutes at 375 degrees. You can make extra if you want, because these will still be good the next day. Also, the kids can be included in the preparation, if you don’t mind the mess.
Instead of giving your kid ice cream for dessert, replace it with a fruit smoothie. You can make a banana smoothie in a matter of minutes. All you need is a frozen banana, 1/2 cup of orange juice, 1/2 cup of yogurt, and 1/4 cup of blueberries. If you have bananas that are going bad, put them in the freezer and save them for this occasion. One you get all of the ingredients, combine them in a blender, and blend them until smooth. That wasn’t so hard, was it?
It can be a difficult transition when getting your kid to give up the sweets. You might be surprised by the healthy snacks your child will enjoy. It is important to keep trying new things until you find a variety of healthy meals your kid enjoys. Sure, every kid deserves to have the occasional treat of pizza or ice cream, but try to make it just that, an occasion.
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