Healthy Eating for Kids
Hectic schedules can make it hard to sit down to a healthy, family meal. But kids don't need to turn to junk food just because it's sometimes easier to eat on the run.
Meadow Gold offers many healthy products packaged for on-the-go lifestyles. Here are some ideas for replacing junk food with healthy options.
Meadow Gold Pep bottles of milk and juice.
Instead of sugary soda, offer kids a nutritional boost with a Pep bottle of milk. Just one 16 oz. bottle of 1 percent or skim milk contains 60 percent of the recommended daily allowance of calcium, plus protein and other minerals. Drinking milk goes a long way toward fighting off obesity as well as getting vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. If you choose orange juice, you'll be getting 100 percent of the recommended amount of vitamin C.
Yogurt or cottage cheese as on-the-go snacks.
Containers of yogurt are easily packed in lunches or stashed in backpacks (with a plastic spoon, of course) for a healthy quick snack. Re-sealable plastic containers of cottage cheese can be stowed in bags and lunches too. Both offer high protein and low fat to keep you going until mealtime.
For an after school snack, keep raw vegetables on hand with dips made with low-fat Meadow Gold sour cream.
Raw veggies can get boring, but paired with a creamy dip made with sour cream, they're the perfect thing to crunch on while reading, doing homework, or even standing around the kitchen talking with friends. Veggies and low-fat dip make a tasty, nutritious stand-in for chips in lunches too.
Use skim milk to make sugar-free pudding.
For a sweet treat that's low in fat and calories, keep single servings of sugar-free instant pudding made with skim milk in re-sealable plastic containers in the fridge. Kids can put them in their lunch or eat them as an after-school snack.
Blend fruit and low-fat yogurt, then freeze for a healthy popsicle, or blend with ice for a smoothie.
This fruit-and-yogurt pop tastes cold, sweet and creamy like ice cream, but without all the calories, fat and sugar. Plus, it has vitamins and minerals from the fruit and protein from the yogurt, both of which give you added energy to get you through the day.
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