Back to school is a busy time for both kids and parents, I’m here to make it easy on the food front.
Tip 1: Dip it!
My first tip to get kids to eat their veggies is to DIP IT. I shared the O’DANG Hummus dressings which come in flavors that kids know and love like Ranch and Honey Mustard BUT they only contain 25-45 calories per serving whereas your standard ranch can have up to 200 calories. They’re also vegetable-based instead of oil-based and chickpeas are the first ingredient. You can find them at Walmart.
Another great dip for veggies is sunflower butter! SunButter is the maker of premium, allergy-friendly sunflower butters that are free of the top 8 food allergens. What is great about SunButter is that it packs as much protein as your traditional nut butters, but less saturated fat and more micronutrients including magnesium and iron. You can find their NEW packaging at major grocery stores and schools nationwide.
Tip 2: Drink your veggies!
Another unique way to get kids to eat their veggies, is to drink them. I shared the Tio Gazpacho chilled drinkable soups which were developed in partnership with Award-winning Chef José Andres. They are made with whole food ingredients (4 varieties are whole 30 approved) and you find them on Amazon prime.
Tip 3: Swap candy for candy-like FRUIT.
CHERRIES are great for kids! They’re sweet like candy BUT are an excellent source filling fiber and tout a slew of health benefits including helping to promote a more restful night’s sleep.Because cherry season is short, I like to stock up in the summer – you can freeze, dry or can them to enjoy all year round. Fresh cherries are STILL available now through August.
Tip 4: Serving nutritious food in a fun way can encourage their consumption.
Kid’s are more likely to eat FUN food. I shared my veggie and cheese kebabs made with the Borden Cheese snack bars and a star sandwich made with the Borden cheese slices. Cheese is a good source protein and calcium, which are important for growing kids.
Borden has everything from your mozzarella to your cheddars in singles, shreds, bars you name it.
Tune in to FOX Chicago later this week for more healthy back to school tips!