Parents everywhere face the dilemma of attempting to get kids to eat healthier snacks. Sometimes convincing a child to eat healthy snacks really is not as easy as it is made out to be. While parents are wise in their effort to try and get children to consume healthier foods, kids will argue that sweet treats and "bad-for-you" goodies taste better than healthy foods offered.
Sugar free yogurt is another portion controlled snack. Or you could go one stage further and buy natural yogurt and add your own extra ingredients. This takes a little bit longer than buying a ready made sugar free yogurt, but it has the advantage that that you know exactly what's in it and you don't expose your children to artificial sweeteners, which are often used in sugar free versions of foods.
We know that children act like and mimic the adults in their home environment so the best way to get them to eat healthy is for you to make healthy choices with your own snacks and they will soon follow you in choosing the same kind of foods. Another factor in eating healthy is portion sizes.
Though cereals are good for children, it is important to note that most of them are laced with preservatives and additional sugars which make them highly unsuitable for your child's health in the long run. As such, it is important to ensure that when you are shopping for cereals, you make a choice that does not contain too much sugar.
Apples, pears, cubed peaches, pineapple chunks, berries, melon balls can also be a selection to create fruit kabobs. Also, small sandwiches from cut-up bread or crackers can be a good hit. Your children will also love a sandwich which is made from slices of bread, meat for lunch, cheese and some miniatures of cookie cutters
Remember to help your kids make up some carry-along snacks if they have after school activities.