As kids spend more time at home during the school break, they are likely to spend more time watching TV and playing video games – activities associated with lower physical activity levels and higher consumption of unhealthy food.
So, here are some tips to help your kids eat healthy this summer:
- Keep healthy snacks visible and within easy reach. Research has shown that when a food item is within easy reach, more of it is consumed.
- Items such as carrot and cucumber sticks, broccoli and cauliflower should be kept visible and easily accessible in the front of the fridge. Similarly fruits such as apples, pears, bananas and oranges should be kept visible and within easy reach.
- Make sure size servings are appropriate. So don’t buy the Jumbo size or the Supersaver pack etc. When watching TV, kids tend to eat in a distracted way and have the habit of finishing an entire package in a go.
- When it comes to dairy products, buy single portion containers, so that children eat the right amount of yoghurt, cheese and milk. If larger packages are more economical, make sure you make the appropriate portion sizes.
- If the unhealthy things do come into the house, store them in less accessible places.