How can our family eat healthier?

Healthy food shopping

Kids, especially younger ones, will eat mostly what's available at home. That's why it's important to control the supply lines – the foods that you serve for meals and have on hand for snacks.

Remember these basic guidelines when preparing your food shopping list:

  • Work fruits and vegetables into the daily routine, aiming for the goal of at least five servings a day. Be sure you serve fruit or vegetables at every meal.
  • Make it easy for your child to choose healthy snacks by keeping fruits and vegetables on hand and ready to eat. Other good snacks include low-fat yogurt, peanut butter and celery, or whole-grain crackers and cheese.
  • Serve lean meats and other good sources of protein, such as fish, eggs, beans, and nuts.
  • Choose whole-grain breads and cereals so kids get more fiber.
  • Limit fat intake by avoiding deep-fried foods.
  • Choose low-fat or nonfat dairy products.
  • Limit low-nutrient snacks, such as chips and candy. But don't completely ban favorite snacks from your home. Instead, make them "once-in-a-while" foods, so kids don't feel deprived.
  • Limit sugary drinks, such as soda and fruit-flavored drinks. Serve water and low-fat milk instead.

Know the facts – it's important to turn the package over or around and review the Nutrition Facts label of the food you purchase. Learn how to read a Nutrition Facts label.

Here are some additional resources to support your family's healthy shopping activities: