It is amazing how starved kids act when they get home from school pick up. They fly out of the van into the kitchen like ravished beasts scouring the refrigerator, counters, cabinets anything they can get their hands on! They eat breakfast, lunch and snacks at school yet they come home every day running on empty with their fast growing bodies. This is where you come in. You are in charge of what is available to your family for snacks. You are a role model for your children’s eating habits.
You can have fresh fruit on the counter, whatever is in season. You can have easy to grab veggies in the fridge, carrots, and celery, pre-cut mixes of broccoli, cauliflower or again whatever is in season. For a sweet treat use local honey drizzled on apple slices. Training your children to reach for fruits and veggies for their afternoon snack helps them reach the recommended daily goal of three to five servings a day. This is crucial to their long term health. If you encourage this type of snacking you will be replacing snacks with unhealthy fats, high sodium content, loads of sugar, and chemical ingredients with nutritionally dense foods full of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber.
You can utilize local farms, farmers markets, u-pick farms, and even local nurseries to incorporate local foods into your family’s snack choices. Below are some links for local resources when shopping for healthy family snacks.
1.) Nesbit Blueberry Plantation
2.) Peggy’s Blueberry Farm (formerly Hudspeth’s) – Blueberries, Blackberries, Tomatoes, and more (Tate County) call (662) 562-4182 for current information
3.) Cedar Hill Farm – strawberries, blackberries, seasonal produce, eggs, local honey and more
4.) U-pick search by county
5.) Four Seasons Garden Center – Grow your own veggies, fruits, local produce, local eggs
(662) 449-1768, 1745 Highway 51 S Hernando, MS 38632
6.) Hernando Farmer’s Market
7.) Jones Orchard – A short drive to Millington for a fresh peach orchard and much more
8.) Brownlee Farms – In Red Banks, MS offers Strawberries, and fresh produce mid-June through the Fall
This one change can lead to a lifetime of healthier choices for your family and greatly increase their overall well-being. Here are some resources to help you make better choices and learn how to understand the nutritional value of what you are feeding yourself and your family.
1.) 100 Healthy Snack Ideas
2.) Healthy Snacks for Hungry Kids
3.) Self Nutrition Data (type any food in and get full nutritional labeling!)
These are just a few of the wonderful resources that are available to help you help your family. You will be so proud when you see your child pulling a carrot out of the fridge, washing it and munching away happily and at a cost of about .88 cents for a one pound bag of organic carrots they can have as many as they want.
Please contribute any suggestions for more local food resources that may be added to this list in the comment section below.