I often hear, “my kid wants junk.” She’s so hungry after school, carrot sticks won’t cut it! I’ll never be able to get them to eat healthy foods.
First, believe that change can occur – there are healthy foods your child will enjoy. I see eating habits improve all the time. When possible, get your child involved in meal and snack preparation. If she plays a role in food preparation at least a couple times a week, she will be more willing to try the foods served. Identify which snacks really need to improve or change entirely. If your child is eating cheese puffs every day, take them off the shopping list for a while. Some kids need a snack or mini-meal after school before dinner because lunch is served early in the day.
Healthy and tasty suggestions include:
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