August is Kids Eat Right Month. School will be starting back up, which often means busier schedules for families. Despite this, it is still important to focus on healthful eating and active lifestyles.
The Kids Eat Right campaign is a great opportunity to get children involved with meal planning/prep, while teaching them healthy habits. Here are some tips on how to promote healthy habits for your family after a busy day.
- Keep it simple
- Choose ingredients that can be used in multiple recipes
- Make grocery lists based on the meals you are planning for the week
- Get kids involved in the kitchen
- When kids are involved in planning and preparing healthy meals, they are more apt to try new foods
- This improves their cognitive, emotional and physical development
- Be a healthy role model
- Show your child how to eat healthy by choosing fruits, vegetables and whole grains for meals and snacks
- Serve a variety of healthy foods at each meal and offer the same foods for everyone
- Discourage negative comments when trying new foods
- Make fruits and vegetables more appealing
- Keep fruits and vegetables readily available and easy to access
- Make smoothies or fruit "popsicles"
- Dip fruit in low-fat yogurt
- Dip vegetables in peanut butter or hummus
Everything we eat and drink matters to promote health. Find a healthy eating style and routine that works for you and your family, and stick with it!
To learn more about how to eat healthy, contact your UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown dietitians at (641) 854-7530.
Try this recipe!
Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
- 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
- 1 medium orange, peeled and finely chopped
- 3 kiwis, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 (8ounce) can of unsweetened crushed pineapple (drained)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Cinnamon chips
- 10 flour tortillas
- ¼ cup melted butter
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
In a small bowl, combine the first six ingredients. Cover and refrigerate until serving. For chips, brush tortillas with butter and cut each into eight wedges. Combine sugar and cinnamon, then sprinkle over wedges. Place on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 minutes or just until crisp. Serve with fruit salsa.