Healthy Eating Tips to Start the School Year (and End Summer)

Fruit is in the trees, vegetables are on the vine and change is in the air. Summer is here, but not for long. Before we know it, children will be packing their backpacks full of new boxes of crayons and heading back to school. Now is the time to prepare for your children's school-year eating habits while you enjoy the fleeting days of summer (8 Photos)

Rosanna Bowles on Aug 17, 2011 at 9:56AM

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Healthy Eating Tips to Start the School Year (and End Summer)

John Granen for "Coming Home," published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang

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Have Healthy Snacks On Hand

During the summer months when school is out, stock your fridge and pantry with healthy snacks for hungry kids. Take advantage of the summer bounty and introduce your children to nature’s candy — peaches, berries, plums, apricots and all the delicious hybrids under the sun. You can even puree these with yogurt and a little honey and turn them into ice pops for hot days.

Nuts and seeds are great for satisfying salt cravings. Kids love crunchy foods — carrots, celery, apples, cucumbers and snap peas can be big hits especially when paired with hummus or a creamy yogurt dip.

This will help create a habit of healthy snacking for that after-school rush just weeks away, and will keep your children from gravitating toward the potato chips and cookies.

Get the recipe for Yogurt Dip

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