Job. Budget. Commute. Time. These are just a few things that we encounter in our busy lives. Add to that a child with special needs, and healthy eating can be quite a challenge!
Most people hear the word “healthy” and immediately think of too much money, too much time, and too much effort. Here are some simple suggestions to make healthy eating a little less stressful.
Tip #1: Simple Ingredients
Whether you prep for your meals weekly or daily, keep it simple! If you can’t read the ingredients on the label, it’s probably not a good choice. When you’re on the go, try grabbing one of these tasty, healthy snacks:
-A bag of cereal
-Toast with peanut butter
Tip #2: Consider smoothies
Smoothies have a ton of benefits for your health and can come in as many different flavors as you can dream up! They are also a great on-the-go snack to keep your energy going.
To make it even easier, pre-prep your smoothie by combining the ingredients in a container and throwing it in the freezer for later. Alternatively, try frozen fruits for a time-saver.
A picky eater may be more likely to drink their fruits and veggies in a smoothie than eat them off his plate.
For those with sensory sensitivities, a blended smoothie may have a more palatable texture than the fruits would if eaten alone.
Here’s a simple recipe to try:
•1 cup frozen or fresh cherries
•1 cup frozen or fresh blueberries
•1 cup soy milk
•Mix all the ingredients in a blender or in a food processor.
•Add vanilla soy milk on topping.
•Prepare a smooth puree and serve to your little one. Berry fruit smoothie is ready!
Tip #3: Water, water, water
Drinking water is like giving our cars gas. If we go on with our days without putting gas in our car, we are inevitably going to stranded on the side of the road. Similarly, if you are giving your body the hydration it needs, it’s going to run properly and give you the energy to make it through the day!
Is your kid not much of a water-drinker? Try these yummy additions for more flavor and interest:
What healthy snacks work for you and your family? Share your ideas in the comments!