Fun And Healthy Snacks For Your Kids
April 27, 2020
April 27, 2020
Each of us has been required to remodel our lives during extraordinary circumstances, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact families and countries throughout the world.
You are already adapting to the necessary changes in behavior that are required to minimize the risk of contact with this virus, which is also referred to as COVID-19.
If you are a parent, this has often resulted in a modified lifestyle that includes spending time with your kids throughout each day, while schools remain closed for the foreseeable future.
As you continue with the responsibilities of protecting yourself and your family during this process, healthy eating is a necessity for everyone involved.
Healthy Foods To Eat
Healthy food choices should be a primary factor during your thought process as you prepare your grocery lists regardless of whether you are considering options for snacks or for your family’s upcoming meals.
- Cottage Cheese
- Peanut Butter (without vegetable oil or sugar)
Healthy And Unhealthy Snacks
Some of the food choices for snacks that might be enticing are contained on the list of healthy options. But other foods that might sound appealing will be unhealthy for your kids.
Processed foods, sugar, refined flour, and various artificial ingredients can be contained in a number of items that do not provide the nutrition that is recommended.
It is always tempting to grab chips, or cookies – or to indulge in ice cream. But if your goal is for your children to consume a sufficient amount of healthy snacks, you have a large number of options.
Carrots, cucumbers, and broccoli are excellent selections among your vegetable options, while fruits such as apples, grapes, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries are also outstanding choices.
Certain grains are also beneficial, and the healthier sources of grain include oatmeal, brown rice, and pasta. Some forms of bread are more nutritious than others, including whole-grain English muffins, bagels, wraps, corn tortillas, whole grain, and frozen whole wheat waffles.
Sources of protein such as peanut butter, turkey, chicken, and beans can also be blended into your nutritious mix of snacks.
Keep It Fun
It is clear that there are numerous healthy food choices that are available. It presents an added bonus if you can have fun with your children while making sure that each member of your family is maintaining healthy eating habits.
One step toward having your children or teenagers remain enthusiastic about eating nutritious foods is to have them participate in each aspect of selecting what you will eat. That includes the creation of your shopping list.
You can also increase the chances of keeping the entire process entertaining and enjoyable by asking your kids to create a list of food for snacks and meals that is already in your home. Then, you can build your shopping list based on what you need.
Involving your children in meal planning as you create your shopping list will keep them involved while you construct a shopping list that is best for your family.
You can also have your children participate in any baking or any other safe ways of making food based upon your comfort level with their level of knowledge. There are a number of snacks that can be put together by both you and your kids.
You can also have your kids be responsible for setting the table, pouring water, and any other step that is necessary prior to each meal.
Staying Healthy When You Shop
If you are still doing your shopping inside grocery stores, it is worth a reminder that safeguarding yourself and your family from the prospects of making contact with the coronavirus should remain your top priority.
That makes it important for you to know that touching shopping baskets or carts represents a risk to your health if you are inside a store. The coronavirus can exist on plastic and steel for up to three days, which is also the case for door handles that you may touch when entering and exiting the grocery store.
You also need to avoid contact with other individuals inside a distance of 6 feet. This can be particularly challenging when you are in the checkout line. Even if you are using at self-checkout lane before you depart the store, items such as the touch screen, the conveyor belt, and the barcode scanner all carry the potential of infection.
In view of the prospective ways on which grocery shopping can lead to infection, you can choose to avoid grocery stores and have your food delivered.
Staying Healthy During Food Preparation
The same level of caution that was used when shopping for your food should also exist when you prepare what you will be serving to your family.
Fresh produce is extremely healthy, which is also beneficial for both your immune system and everyone else in your family. But if there are any items that will not be cooked before you serve them to your family, then it will be extremely important to wash your produce under running water and a limited amount of soap.
This will eliminate all pathogens from the surface of your food. Pathogens can consist of both bacteria and viral agents that can lead to many forms of illness, which would otherwise remain on the surface of your food. That certainly includes the coronavirus (COVID-19).
How To Wash Hands
Before and after eating, it is essential that everyone in your family wash your hands. That will make it beneficial for you to make sure that your children and teenagers are aware of how to wash their hands properly. This will minimize the possibility of any type of germs being spread where you live.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control And Prevention (CDC) has provided five specific steps that should be used anytime hands are being washed.
- Always wash with soap and clean, running water
- Use lather by rubbing your hands together, in both the front and back of each hand. The lather should also be used to clean under your nails, and between each finger
- The process of washing with lather should continue for at least 20 seconds
- Rinse your hands thoroughly under the clean, running water
- Dry your hands by using a clean towel or by air drying them
When To Wash Hands
This practice of washing hands properly should take place:
- Before and after any food is being prepared
- Before and after food is eaten
- Before and after taking care of anyone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose
- After touching your pet, feeding your pet, or cleaning your pet’s waste
- After touching pet food or pet treats
- After handling garbage
You should also clean and disinfect any surfaces such as counters, tables, chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, and sinks. The CDC also provides additional information on the prevention of COVID-19 at Prevention for 2019 Novel Coronavirus and at Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities.
At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help
At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center your health remains our top priority. That includes our testing services for patients who have symptoms of COVID-19. Our team is dedicated to providing our patients with the care they need in a safe environment. This is why we are also taking every possible precaution throughout the process of pre-screening our patients. procedures in order to minimize the spread of this illness.
If you have any concerns about COVID-19 or believe that you have been exposed, we ask that you call us before you arrive. All patients and guests will then be greeted and screened before entering our clinic.
As always, our dedication to you and your family also includes immediate medical attention for all conditions that are not critical or life-threatening. We also are continuing to provide primary and preventive care.
You can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On-Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.