Healthy food does not have to be more expensive. The Harvard School of Public Health’s Health Prevention Research Center came up with simple tips for after school programs to keep the cost of healthier snacks down:
- Do not serve sugar-sweetened beverages.
- Serve water every day.
- Serve a fruit and/or low-priced vegetable (such as carrots or celery) every day.
- Allocate price savings from replacing 100% juice with tap water towards purchasing and serving whole fruit because of its higher fiber content and effects on satiety.
- Offer fresh fruits or vegetables over more expensive canned or frozen versions.
- When serving grains (such as bread, crackers, and cereals), serve whole grains.
- Avoid foods with trans fat.
These tips are useful for parents wanting to save money and provide healthy food for their children. The ‘eco parenting – growing greener children’ book is an excellent evidence based research book that provide multitudinous reasons why parents should choose healthy food for their children.