Under 20% of kids eat the recommended servings of three or more servings of fruit and vegetables each day. Nearly half of parents say their kids eat one serving on none at all.
Many snack products from major food processing companies are marketed as ‘healthy options’ or as ‘low fat’ or with ‘added fiber’ etc.
Think you’re doing your kids a favor by giving them ‘low-fat’ chips? Perhaps it’s very slightly better than regular chips, but it’s still stacking up some extra fat they don’t really need;
extra salt they shouldn’t require, and perhaps in a way most importantly, they have very little nutritional value.
Really you’re wasting your money – after all, isn’t food meant to sustain us, and in the case of children in particular, help them to grow?
Why not give them easy to eat fruit instead? An apple, a banana or clementines? They all all good sources of fiber, vitamin C, and minerals.
Encorage your kids (and yourself!) to eat more fruit and veggies by having them around the house in bowls. You’ll all be more inclined to eat your dinner too, if you snack on fruit after they come home from school, as it won’t spoil your appetites.