In the weeks before Easter, we’re assailed with special deals and reminders to buy candy for the holiday. But what can parents do if they want something healthier for their kids – something that’s still fun? We asked Dr. Keith Kantor, a leading nutritionist and author of The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice, for some advice on how to start healthy Easter traditions kids will really like.
Channel Kids’ Attention
Parents may think they need to divert their children’s attention from candy ads and shoo them away from the candy aisle in the grocery store, but Dr. Kantor says it’s not about diverting, it’s more about channeling. “You just have to channel it in the right way,” he says. “They will see all those advertisements for Cadbury and so on, but what kids enjoy as much as candy is quality time with their parents. Instead of telling them what they can’t have, which nobody likes to hear, tell them what they can have and let them help you make it.”
Dr. Kantor has some recommendations for the types of things parents and kids can make together. “Make homemade treats like healthy Easter breads, some muffins or candies, or even raw vegetables that you shape like a bunny so it’s fun. This way they still get a treat and they get to spend quality time with you. It’s easy to divert the direction of their attention and they still get what they want.”
Create New Easter Traditions
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Dr. Kantor’s greatly anticipated new children’s book, The Green Box League of Nutritious Justice, is now available. Be sure to order this highly reviewed book, filled with healthy living tips for the whole family. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.