The same holds true when it comes to lunch and after-school snacks says Wing.
"When helping your children make healthy meal choices, it is important to teach them these quick tips for healthy eating:
-- always make sure your meal is made up of foods from at least two-to-three different food groups
-- choose from fiber-rich foods like whole grains, fruits or vegetables
-- include a protein source like lean meats, reduced fat cheese or yogurt, legumes or nuts
-- set a good example - be sure to eat breakfast (and whenever possible, lunch) and dinner with your children
-- let your children help plan your weekly breakfast and lunch menus
By following these tips, you can help ensure your child gets the nutrient sources they need to fuel the mind and body throughout the school day.
"After-school snacks are also important," Wing says. "Take time to prepare after-school snacks for your kids -- especially if you are not going to be home until dinner. The less junk food they have, the better. Be sure to have healthy snacks like fresh fruit, reduced fat cheese, rice cakes, muffins, whole grain cereal and yogurt on-hand and ready to eat -- especially for latchkey kids. If healthy snacks are at hand and ready to eat, it's a safe bet your child will want to eat them."
For busy moms, dads and even grandparents who watch the kids before and after school, Wing recommends several healthy Cabot recipes that are sure to prove popular with kids of all ages.
"Our recipe masters have created a wide range of delicious and healthy breakfast, lunch and after-school snacks that will help keep your children on track throughout the busy school day," Wing says. "Among my favorite healthy recipes are Cabot's Breakfast Pinwheels, Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Quesadillas and, for a healthy lunch or after-school treat, Cabot's Cheeky Cheese Turkey Pockets are a great option."
|SOURCE Cabot Creamery Cooperative|
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