With the school year behind us, you may want to help your children stick to a healthy eating schedule throughout the summer.
Sally Kuzemchak, author of "Dinnertime Survival Guide and blogger at realmomnutrition.com, recently partnered with Stonyfield, the organic yogurt maker, to offer successful summer eating tips for kids.
Make homemade summer cookies: Simply sandwich a healthy filling between two graham crackers and serve, for example, nut butter with a few mini chocolate chips or cream cheese with a drizzle of honey and sliced strawberries. "These cookies are a delicious alternative to store-bought varieties," Kuzemchak says. "These are more kid-friendly and you can control the filling."
Try DIY freezer pops: "The ice cream truck is riddled with frozen treats and popsicles that are mainly made of sugar, food coloring and water," she said. Transform your kid's favorite yogurt "squeezer," such as Stonyfield YoKids squeezers, into a delicious dessert by freezing and serving as a push pop, Kuzemchak suggests.
Make homemade ice pops: If you have more time, make your own fruit and yogurt pops. Combine yogurt with some fresh fruit in a blender, then pour into ice pop molds and freeze until firm, she said. "So many boxed ice pops contain artificial colors and flavors, with little to no real fruit," Kuzemchak says. "A homemade version is much more wholesome and contains the protein and calcium kids need."
Plan back-seat treats: Planning ahead is imperative when traveling with kids, Kuzemchak says. Instead of grabbing a sleeve of prepackaged crackers or cookies, grab a bunch of bananas. "It takes the same amount of time and they're cheaper."
Try bento-style lunch containers: "I like to pack snacks for my kids in bento-style lunchboxes," Kuzemchak says. "This way I can pack multiple types of snacks together, and each kid gets his or her own container -- so there's no fighting over the bag or making a mess in the car. It also helps to keep the portions reasonable."