While your kids are at school, its important that they are eating the right foods to stay fueled throughout the day. Packing a good lunch is crucial for them! There are lots of creative ways to help get the kids actually wanting to eat healthy foods! Adding little extras like peanut butter or nuts give fruits and vegetables a more fun taste, while still keeping things healthy. Remember, kids like food thats FUN! Try making the all time favorite, Ants on a Log. (Celery with peanut butter and raisins) You can’t go wrong with their silly nature, and kids will still get vitamins and nutritious value. They’re fun and easy to make, and the interaction will help them like what they are eating. Another simple snack is mini caramel apples. Using a melon scooper, scoop out pieces of apple, and let the kids dip them in caramel packets. The apple keeps things healthy, but gives them a little sugary treat with the caramel. If your kids really love apples, try making apple pinwheels. Peel and core an apple, then mix some peanut butter, honey and raisins and stuff the core with this delicious mixture.
Remember that peanut butter is healthy! The monosaturated fats have been proven to help keep health risks at bay, and like apples, they are good for a healthy heart. It will also help to keep children full throughout they day, unlike treats with high glycemic indexes, which will only make them feel hungrier faster.
Try some of these treats in your kid’s school lunches, and help make a difference in the way they eat. There’s always a way to get kids to eat healthier!