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Whether it’s grade school, high school or college, food choices come into play for our kids. Parents are  short on time, and often short on money, so it’s important to know easy, healthy snacks and meals that parents and even kids can prepare. 

The greatest way to impact your child and teach them healthy eating habits is to lead by example and discuss challenges, cravings, falling off the wagon and celebrating wins together will support healthy eating as a genuine part of their life.

Here are some healthy snacks and lunches that are inexpensive and simple to pull together for busy families:

Snacks for young kids:

Natural nut butter w/ apples & celery
Popcorn
Dried fruit
Grapes
Banana
String cheese

Snacks for teens:
Unsalted nuts
Baked Oatmeal Squares*

Snacks for young athletes:
Cottage cheese and pineapple
Hardboiled eggs
Hummus and Zesty Pita Chips*
Protein Brownies*

INFO BITES – LUNCH FOR TEENS:

You have choices too. You can send lunch with your children, or teach them how to choose wisely at the school with these tips:

  1. Brown bag having a full delicious lunch and snacks in a cooler bag is the ideal scenario, but it needs to be a fun and tasty experience so your child actually eats it. Talk with your child about what they like and don’t like, and work together to make healthy choices that won’t end up traded or in the trash.
  2. Cafeteria ask if you can see to the weekly menu so you can go over all the choices with your child. Explaining the “why” will go a long way in empowering them to make healthy choices when they are on their own.

Source:

Jen Arricale is a frequent contributor and TV guest Lifestyle Fitness Chef and author of Healthy Recipes for a Busy Life: Easy to Prepare, Fun to Share!

Geraldine Jensen

Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.
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