Between holiday parties and school concerts, you might feel as though you don’t have enough time to eat healthy foods. It’s important to maintain a routine around meal times even when you’re busy since it helps preschoolers learn to listen to their bodies and eat enough food for all they do in a day.
Try these quick, portable snacks suggested in Food Flair:
- Apple or pear slices with peanut butter
- Fruit cup and graham crackers
- Hummus and veggies
- Whole grain tortilla spread with peanut butter, rolled around a banana cut into circles
- Tuna salad with celery sticks for dipping
If you can’t make it home for a meal, make sensible choices when you’re out: drink milk and water instead of pop in restaurants and choose the salad option over the fries. Wherever you are, make sure you stop and enjoy eating; take a break and enjoy some conversation with your child(ren).
And remember, any moments when you’re just sitting around can be moments for activity. Get up and take an active break! Ask your children to jump around, try to balance on one foot or move around like their favourite animal. Join in with them and reduce your sitting time. Every little burst of physical activity helps keep you healthy!