You serve dinner with all the food groups and your kids instantly seem to prefer the pasta, bread, rice, tortillas or carb source you have on the table. After a while, you remind them of the other food on their table or plate. Maybe you get so frustrated you simply instruct them to eat some protein or veggies. It isn't just with meals, but with their snack preferences are also filled with sweet-tasting carbs and candies. These preferences can lead to obesity in teenaged years. Here are three ways to curb their habits:
* Supplement sweet snacks with fruits: Children (also adults!) should eat 5-9 servings of produce per day such as apples, carrots, broccoli, bananas, and peppers. Whole fruit and vegetables contain water and fiber, which will help kids to feel full.
* Avoid processed foods: Eating more foods in their natural state will not only ensure that you know what is in them, but will eliminate added sugars.
* Pack snacks ahead of time: If you’re out and about with your kids, it’s tempting to give in and grab a snack from the candy aisle, snack counter, or vending machine. But if you plan ahead of time and bring snacks with you, it’s possible to avoid this scenario. Fruits, veggies and dips (hummus, nut butters), trail mix, and nuts all travel well.