10 Creative and Healthy Snacks For Kids
Snacks are essential in children's diets. Not only does it help reduce hunger and cravings, but it also provides them with the nutrients and energy they need. Kids are very active, and they proliferate, so they need more nutrients and smaller meals throughout the day. Apart from the three main meals, kids need snacks in between meals and maybe even before bedtime. But here comes the challenge. Even if you're firm about serving your healthy child snacks, it can be tough to come up with nutritious snack ideas when all they crave for are candies, chips and other junk. Running out of healthy snack ideas? Let me share with you some healthy snack tips which you might serve to your children.
1. Serve your kids fruit smoothies instead of regular fruit juices. For most kids, fruits are just more fun when it is served in the form of a smoothie. Well, as an adult, I also find smoothies more interesting and tasty than plain fruit juices. To do this, blend yoghurt, milk, and any combination of fresh fruits such as bananas and strawberries.
2. Keep junk food out of the house. Instead, stack up on organic whole grain snacks such as granola, crackers, rice cakes and baked chips. It is not bad to allow your child to indulge in ice cream, chocolates and greasy, salty chips once in a while, but it is essential to train them to make healthier snack choices while they are still young. If they don't see these junk in your pantry, then your child is less likely to want or crave them. As a parent, you should also set a good example by not eating junk food all the time and by choosing healthy foods for snacks.
3. Have your children help you make healthy snacks. You can make sandwiches using whole grain bread and organic spreads together. Give them some cute cookie cutters and let them use it to shape their sandwich. You can also let them make silly faces on a plate using the shaped foods. Be creative.
4. If you don't have time to prepare a snack, store lots of healthy ready to eat snacks in your pantry. Stock up on organic snack bars. A snack bar is ready to eat a snack which has lots of essential vitamin and mineral supplements in them. It may contain apples, oats and other natural ingredients. What's also good about it is that most snack bars sold in organic stores are free of trans fats and high fructose corn syrups. They also come in various flavours such as apple, peanut butter, a banana that your kids would surely love.
5. Be creative when incorporating vegetables into their food. I'm sure parents would agree that it is extremely tough to get your child to eat vegetables. One popular way to make them eat their vegetables is by hiding the vegetables. The puree is the magic word. You can easily add in vegetables into their favourite food such as macaroni and cheese or dumplings without them knowing it. I know it's quite a shady technique, but if it can help you feed more vegetables to your child then go ahead puree them veggies.
6. Home influenced pizzas to cut into little rectangles, with the goal that the youngsters can eat them effortlessly. You can include a wide range of various flavours and pineapple and cheddar, tomato and cheddar, or ground vegetables and cheddar are astounding veggie lover decisions. On the off chance that you have somebody at the gathering who can't eat wheat or is a strict veggie lover, you would then be able to include soya cheddar and utilize wheat free mixture. You can ask the gathering young lady/kid to enable you to make them into clever appearances. Getting the youngsters required with what you are doing is dependably an extraordinary thought since they will then make the most of their gathering more as they have taken an interest in the nourishment arrangement.
7. You can likewise offer an assortment of sustenances on a stick, for instance, cheddar or natural product 3D shapes.
8. Falafels (a Lebanese delicacy made with chick peas).
9. Rice saltines or pitta bread presented with hummus and avocado plunge, with carrot, zucchini and celery.
10. Helen Thompson is a qualified youngster mind labourer and Brain Gym advisor who has gone through numerous years working with kids matured between 0 - 8 years. Helen expects to give occupied guardians, carers and instructors with fun and instructive exercises for youngsters to build up their innovativeness.
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Clara Monroe is mom of three and an avid cat lover. She lives in southern california with her husband, two sons and one daughter. She loves to spend time with her children and prepare creative but healthy snacks for them.About The Author