Parents are superheroes-running around to activities, school drop-off and pickup, making meals, cleaning house and everything in between. It can be hard to think of creative ways to encourage your child to eat more fruits and veggies.
Often in between all of these errands, kids are hungry and asking for a snack. Parents tend to grab carbohydrates such as chips, crackers, and goldfish. As mentioned in previous blog posts, these are not teeth friendly options. The simple carbohydrates break down into sugars on the teeth and cause decay.
What I hear often at the office are parents, in exasperated tones, saying that their child is picky and won’t eat much besides carbohydrates. To encourage them to try new things and open them up to choose healthier options, try setting aside some time to make snack time fun!
Here’s a recipe that I LOVED! “Apple Nachos.”
1-2 apples of your choice
Almond butter, peanut butter or sun butter. Preferably choose the option with the lowest sugar. The almond butter I used had 3g of sugar per 2TBSP
Almonds, peanuts, raisins, cinnamon – anything to dress up your nachos and make them kid friendly!
Slice the apples to about 1/4″-1/2″ thickness and arrange on a platter
Melt the topping of your choice on the stove or in the microwave so it can be easily drizzled onto the apples
Use a spoon to drizzle over the apples
Decorate and enjoy!