Parents know that getting kids to eat healthy is a battle but the dinner table should not be a place of stress. We are here with ten tips to try out in your quest for healthy eating with kids.
Be the leader: It is a known fact that children are observant. They want to be like mom and dad. That crosses over into eating. If you want your kids to eat healthy then be the example for them. Choose the carrot stick over the french fry and your kids will more than likely follow.
Repeat, Repeat, Repeat: Make healthy options consistent in your home. Include them with every meal and have them easily accessible for any quick snack.
Don’t make vegetables negative: Be careful with how you talk about healthy options. Make them something they want to eat instead of need to eat. Vegetables and fruit should not be a box you need to check. Use positive, fun words when talking about it.
Involve kids in making food: Kids like to get their hands in on the action. Let them help you with meal prepping. It is a great time to educate your kids on how to cook and why we eat the variety of foods we eat.
Start their day healthy: Get rid of the sugared cereal for breakfast. When you start your day with a healthy breakfast option you are more likely to eat healthy the rest of the day. Same goes for kids :).
Make it fun: Get creative with your fruits and vegetables by making an activity out of it. Use cookie cutters to make them into fun shapes. Create pictures out of various foods. Come up with creative names for each food. A kid may be more excited to eat a magic wand carrot than a plain carrot stick.
Have patience: Your children may not love fruit and vegetables at first but give them time. Children’s taste buds are still forming as they grow so they are very likely to change the things they like. Just keep promoting healthy options and they may end up being their favorites.
Let them grow: If you can, plant a small backyard garden and have your children help nurture the plants and watch them grow. Kids will be fascinated with the process and will excite them to try out their creations.
Prep healthy snacks: Take time to make healthy snack bags. Place them on the lowest shelf of your fridge or pantry so they are easy to grab for little hands.
Hide and seek: You always want to make sure your children are seeing the healthy options they eat but occasionally use recipes that allow you to hide vegetables in your meals.
We’re excited to announce the return of Macey’s Caring for Kids drive in support of Primary Children’s Hospital. This shopper-favorite fundraiser allows us to help the youngest members of community—the children—at a time when they need us most. This year we are raising money to help with programs like music therapy, art therapy and others.
From June 5-24 we invite you to donate any amount during checkout. Every penny helps make a difference in the lives of sick children and their families. We appreciate your support and know that together we can do great things!
Most of us want to eat healthy lunches and, for those of us who have kids, that they are eating wholesome lunches as well.. The challenge is lunch is most often eaten at school or work leaving us with the option of packing a lunch or eating out. When packing a lunch for yourself, or your child, it can be hard to include healthy options that aren’t going to end up smashed in a backpack by lunchtime or falling apart in your work bag. We’re here to help with eight ideas for snacks with produce that are packable and will still be looking and tasting fresh by lunchtime with no refrigeration.
Your kids are free to sit on their carrots; and they will still taste great! Pair with hummus for a protein packed snack.
Skip the banana that may be brown by lunch and opt for an apple. Slices won’t last as long as whole apples, but if you squeeze a little lemon juice on them when you slice it, it will keep them from going brown. Pair with peanut butter for a kid-friendly favorite.
Grapes are much more durable than berries and are great served at room temp. Try pairing them with cheese for a delicious snack.
The perfect solution to soggy and smashed sandwiches? Lettuce wraps!
Many pears will end up bruised and battered in a pre-packed lunch, but Asian pairs have a texture more similar to apples and a tough skin making them ideal for packing.
Oranges are one of the most packable produce items because of their tough peel!
Perfect for dipping or snacking, snap peas can withstand even the roughest of backpacks.
Not only do they have a rough skin like oranges, they are the perfect packing size and are a great source of Vitamin C.
Caring for Kids
Primary Children’s Fundraiser
June 1- June 20
Help a Local Child Since 1985, Macey’s has had a long-standing relationship with Primary Children’s Hospital—helping local children with charity care and other important hospital needs. We invite our guests to give back to local kids by donating to Primary Children’s now through June 20. Tell your cashier you’d like to make a donation today!
Donate and Win an iPad Air 2 We would like to thank the following participating vendors for their sponsorship and donation to Primary Children’s Hospital. When you purchase one of the featured vendor products (look for the caring for kids tag identifying the appropriate items) or purchase a Primary Children’s icon at checkout, you’ll be entered to win an iPad Air 2! No purchase is necessary. Terms and condition apply.
See some of the many ways Primary Children’s is helping local kids