Whether you’re packing for a family picnic, preparing dinner or driving kids between their summer activities, it’s important to consider nutritious snacks and side dishes to keep your family healthy and energetic. Libby’s® Vegetable Cups, which are microwaveable and shelf-stable, are a convenient solution to adding more fruits and veggies into your daily diet.
Our Cups contain 4 oz. of flavorful ingredients that are grown and packed in the U.S. Here are some savvy tips from dietitian Deanna Segrave-Daly for getting your kids to eat more fruits and veggies.
“Fast Foods” for Smaller Tummies
Younger kids, especially toddlers, seem to be hungry at any time BUT mealtime. With newfound independence and more activity, those smaller stomachs burn calories fast so it’s natural and healthy for kids to ask for snacks between meals. Of course, nutrient-rich and balanced eats – that are quick to dole out for a busy body – are best like:
- A portion or two of sliced of low sodium ham and tomato slices wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla and cut into one inch pinwheels
- Pita wedges with hummus and avocado
- Smoothie made with frozen banana, plain yogurt and chocolate milk
Let Kids Play Chef
Having kids (as young as two years) in the kitchen helps raise healthy eaters, achieve healthier weights, allow quality family time and build self-confidence. Let kids rip lettuce for salad or add ingredients to dishes. Have them season their own Libby’s® Vegetable Cups to their liking. Some ideas:
- Cinnamon + nutmeg for Libby’s® Diced Carrot Cups
- Ginger + sesame seeds for Libby’s® Cut Green Bean Cups
- Mint + lemon zest for Libby’s® Sweet Pea Cups
No-Brainer Picnic Packing
Junk food is made to be portable and convenient, but now healthy food is too, with Libby’s® Vegetable Cups. For your next impromptu-but-balanced picnic with the kiddies, pack nut butter sandwiches on whole wheat tortillas, granola bars, shelf-stable milk boxes and your kids’ favorite Libby’s® Vegetable Cups!