Now that it's spring, it's the perfect time to incorporate fresh veggies and fruit into your own meals and the snacks you fix for the children you watch over. However, if you nanny for picky eaters, this task is easier said than done. Luckily, you don't always have to sacrifice taste for nutrition. Take a look at some foods that are both kid-friendly and healthy:
- Avocados: "Fresh avocado is rich in antioxidants, omega 3-fatty acids, and offers a wide array of anti-inflammatory health benefits," writes Katarina Gasic of Nanny Magazine. "Avocados sometimes get a bad reputation for being rich in calories but this is the perfect topper for picky eaters who may be in need of some extra calories."
- Blueberries: Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and can support cognitive, cardiovascular and eye health. Plus, they are sweet and refreshing on a warm spring day. Try freezing blueberries for a cool snack or sprinkling them on frozen yogurt for a nutritious ice cream alternative.
- Cheese: Most little ones (and adults) love cheese. In addition to being tasty, this snack is rich in calcium and vitamin D, which help build strong bones in children. Some doctors even suggest that cheese may help prevent cavities. Plus, cheese is very versatile and is a kid-pleaser. From grilled cheese to string cheese, you can't go wrong!
- Clementines: This petite fruit is perfect for kids because it's easy to throw in a lunch bag. Plus, it's low in calories, but rich in vitamin C to help supplement children's immune systems.
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