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Keeping Kids Fed During Summer Break

July 10, 2023

Keeping Kids Fed During Summer Break

Summer break is a wonderful time for kids to relax, play, and enjoy their time off from school. Encouraging them to eat healthy during this period can be beneficial for their overall well-being. Here are some ideas and tips for promoting healthy eating habits during summer break:

  • Plan and involve kids in meal preparation! Engaging children in meal planning and preparation can make them more excited about the food they eat. Let them choose some of their favorite fruits, vegetables, and other nutritious ingredients. Involving them in simple tasks like washing fruits, assembling sandwiches, or making smoothies can foster a sense of ownership and make them more likely to enjoy their meals. You can also involve your kids in making Uncle Dan's tips and trying different ingredients.

  • Emphasize fresh and seasonal produce! Summer is a great time to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into meals. Take advantage of local farmers' markets or grocery stores that carry local items to find a variety of colorful and flavorful produce. Encourage kids to try new fruits and veggies they may not have tasted before. Smoothies, salads (featuring Uncle Dan's salad dressings), and fruit skewers are fun and refreshing options to include in their meals.

  • Hydration is key! Remind children about the importance of staying hydrated, especially during hot summer days. Encourage them to drink plenty of water throughout the day. You can make it more exciting by infusing water with slices of fruits like lemon, lime, or berries for added flavor. Limit sugary drinks and choose healthier alternatives like homemade fruit juices or flavored water.

  • Make healthy snacks readily available! Keep a variety of healthy snacks readily available and accessible for your children. Pre-cut fruits and vegetables, yogurt cups, trail mix, or whole-grain crackers can be stored in the refrigerator or pantry for easy snacking. Avoid keeping unhealthy snacks or sugary treats within reach to promote better choices.

  • Explore outdoor activities! Encourage kids to engage in outdoor activities and play games that keep them active. Physical activity can increase their appetite and make them more inclined to eat nutritious meals. Plan picnics, bike rides, or family hikes where you can pack a healthy lunch or snacks to enjoy together. Uncle Dan's salad dressings and dips make easy and fresh picnic options.
  • Be a role model! Children often mimic the behavior of their parents or caregivers. Set a positive example by practicing healthy eating habits yourself. Incorporate fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins into your own meals, and openly discuss the benefits of a balanced diet.

By incorporating these tips into your summer break routine, you can help kids develop a positive relationship with healthy food and make lunchtime enjoyable and nutritious for them.

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