They snack smart
Angie DAmico/shutterstock “Parents can influence their child’s food preferences and how well their brain functions with healthy food choices. Research tells us children can have a hard time learning on processed foods. Moms and dads can make it a point to purchase a wide variety of whole foods instead of cookies, crackers, or sodas for an afternoon snack. I make sure our afternoon snacks include organic fruits and veggies such as apples, nut butter, celery, hummus, grapes, avocados, bananas, spinach and raw pumpkin seeds.” —Connie Rogers, Certified Integrative Nutritional Holistic Health Coach and author. Or try one of these 30 simple, healthy snacks.
They eat slowly
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“Healthy families don’t rush or stress when it’s time to eat. As a mother of two children, we use calm voices and music at the table, and focus on healthy digestion when it’s time to eat. We also model healthy eating by not shoveling or inhaling our food, making a point to chew after every bite. This one habit ensures we take the necessary time to enjoy the taste, colors, and aromas of what we eat.” —Connie Rogers.