For many parents and kids snack choices in their houses are unhealthy ones. I try really hard to have healthy choices for my family to pick from for snacks at our house. What we have in our cupboards in what we are going to graze on as family. If we shop for healthy snacks this will make a huge difference. If we want to eat less sugary snacks then the grocery store is the place to start. I like to hit up Pinterest for different ideas on healthy snacks. Put those ingredients on my shopping list, so I can either make the snack or have it on hand at home. Make a list is the key for me. My three year old loves to go to Costco and pick out the produce. She always makes sure we make it home with a couple of fruits and veggies to snack on.
My kids like to eat craisins. Dried fruits are a great snack to have around the house. They are sweet but are loaded with those good sugars for them unlike Oreos. If you put those kind of treats out in your jars on the counters your kids will eat what is available. I always make sure I have fruit available for my kids to eat as well. Having it on the counter at all times puts it in their eye sight, and they usually pick that for a snack. It might take a while before those healthy snacks will stick with your kids. So stay consistent, and they will have no other choice.
Nuts.com has some great articles about Healthy snacks for your family. Check them out: Healthy Snacks for Kids & Healthy Snacks For Everyone. These articles have some great tips to get you started on getting more healthy as a family!
I wanted to share this quick and easy recipe for Healthy Peanut Butter Multi-Grain Cheerio Bars. We love Multi-Grain Cheerios at our house. They are made with 5 different whole grains and full of all sorts of vitamins.
3/4 cups of creamy Peanut Butter
1/2 cup of honey
3 cups of Multi-Grain Cheerios
Place the peanut butter and honey together in a pot and cook over medium heat. Constantly stir until nice and creamy.
Remove from heat and add the cheerios. Mix together.
Line a 8 x 8 pan with aluminum foil. Spread the cheerios in the pan. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving. Keep stored in refrigerator.