Califonia Bountiful

Summertime snacking

May/June 2015 California Bountiful magazine

Summer days and warm-weather adventures are upon us, and sometimes it's easy to slip into on-the-go munching that may not include nutritious choices.

Whether you are traveling, heading to the beach or pool, or simply staying around the house this summer, ensure that your family keeps proper eating habits in place. Here are some tips that can help you and your kids can stay healthy throughout the summer break:

  • Keep healthy snacks available for long car rides, and provide options for kids so they are part of the decision making. Whole grain crackers, air-popped popcorn (an excellent source of fiber), unsweetened applesauce cups and dried fruit are excellent options.
  • Dine at places that offer healthy options—and fill those plates with lots of vegetables.
  • Keep healthy foods and snacks available at home, such as yogurt, string cheese, whole fruit and vegetables. For example, baby carrots make an excellent midday snack and are great with some homemade hummus.
  • Play with your food! Some fun, simple and inexpensive snacks to create with kids are fruit kabobs, trail mix and pizza faces on whole grain bagels. Here are some other great ideas and recipes.
  • Get the kids in the kitchen for some memorable teaching moments. Allowing kids to take part in preparing meals not only helps them learn basic cooking skills, but also encourages them to try new foods. Have your kids develop a healthy recipe for dinner one night using guidelines.
  • Stay hydrated. When we are out and about and having fun, sometimes we forget about keeping ourselves hydrated. On average, men should drink at least 125 ounces of water a day, while women and children should drink at least 92 ounces and 57 ounces, respectively.

Danielle Daugherty is the owner of K12 Lunchology, which specializes in child nutrition.

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