Updated: 09/03/2014 10:46 PM
Created: 09/03/2014 4:10 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
Now that the kids are back in school, nutritionists say it's an ideal time for a menu makeover.
From early in the morning to dinner, we've got you covered.
A University of Minnesota nutrition professor recommends sticking to fruits and veggies. Apples are always a good option. "The problem is the apples do turn brown so you can put a little lemon juice on them or use the granny smith the more acidic apple," said U of M professor Ted Labuza.
Labuza also recommended bananas, baby carrots, Wheat Thins, whole wheat sandwiches, low-fat turkey, low-fat ham and canned light tuna.
He says avoid giving your kids sugary sodas and drinks packed with caffeine. He says to give them water instead.
As for a way to cut down on costs for healthy eating, one woman recommends starting a garden.
"They do have a little plot of land that they try every summer to grow some vegetables on, so that makes it a little bit cheaper,” said Diane Sewfert.
Labuza says you can also save money by having your kids drink tap water instead of bottled water or soda.