GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Our Community Partner, Mary Free Bed, is here to talk about healthy breakfasts and after school snacks with registered dietitian, Jessi Holden.
Holden notes that it is important to give your kids a variety of options so that they can choose what they like. Here is a list of food groups that will help keep their tummies full until dinner:
- Homemade muffins
- Crackers and cheese
- Fruit and/or veggies
Holden also encourages moms and dads to have a snack with their child so that they don’t miss out on their nutrients, too.
For a fast breakfast recipe, Holden suggests over-night oats that can easily be made the night before. Breakfasts such as these, helps maintain metabolism, gives the brain energy and helps regulate your hunger.
Continue introducing and reintroducing new foods to your kids – their taste buds will always change and mood effects their food choices. If they’re having a meltdown one day about an orange colored smoothie, they might like it frozen into a Popsicle the next day instead. Remember that adding nutrients to your meals can be a fun and easy way to teach your children about nutrition.