Incorporating healthier options into your daily meal plan can be tricky if you are unsure of where to start. The younger you introduce your children to making nutritious choices in eating – whether snacking or at meal time – the faster the entire family will be on their way to wellness for life! Whole Foods Market offers 4 great tips on how to create “nutrient-dense” meals that help fuel the body and brain.

How to Create Healthier Meals at Home or While On-The-Go

TIP #1: Serve whole foods. Avoid artificial ingredients and processed foods with high fructose corn syrup and preservatives and opt for fresh, whole foods.

TIP #2: Choose healthy fats like nuts, seeds and avocado. Minimize extracted oils and processed fats.

TIP #3: Focus on plant-strong foods. Think more veggies, fruits, grains, beans and legumes at every meal.

TIP #4: Choose nutrient dense foods. Choose foods with higher ANDI* scores since they have more micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants) per calorie.

Here’s a terrific nutrient-dense lunch that is kid-approved and won’t break the bank: a whole wheat tortilla wrap with almond or peanut butter, sliced strawberries and fruit-sweetened jelly; carrot sticks and sugar snap peas; Lemon Treats and a bottle of water.

*Image and tips courtesy of Whole Foods Market.*