Healthy Snacks For Children

It is best to keep snacks healthy for children....

Cheesy popcorn....
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Why do children need snacks?....

Children are constantly burning energy, whether they are studying hard at school, taking part in sports or simply playing in the garden, they are using up their energy stores. It is important for children to replace the energy they are using to be able to sustain their energy levels, if they don't, you could find yourself with a very grumpy and irritable child on your hands. Children will get grumpy and irritable when they get hungry and their blood sugar drops, just like us adults do!!

The easiest way to increase their blood sugar levels again is by giving them a healthy snack, that will give their energy levels a boost when they come in from school or from whatever they have been doing. Don't let them eat snacks to close to meals though, because it could ruin their appetite!!


Do your children enjoy eating healthy snacks?....

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Choosing the right types of snacks....

When left to their own devices children will probably choose a highly sugared snack to eat as their bodies will subconsciously be wanting sugar. The fact that they children doesn't help them to make healthy snack choices either.

By giving our children healthy snacks that also taste good, we will be teaching our children to make healthier choices when it comes to them choosing their own snacks....Well, in an ideal world they would and we can only try our best!!




A few healthy snack ideas....

Fresh orange juice with wholegrain crackers....
Fresh orange juice with wholegrain crackers.... | Source

A few healthy snack ideas....

Juice And Wholegrain Crackers

A fresh glass of orange juice with a couple of wholegrain rye crackers topped with cheese or peanut butter and a high fruit content jam.

The orange juice is a good source of vitamin C which is vital for our bodies immune system and for the growth and repair of our bodies.

Whole grains are full of antioxidants which help to protect our bodies against diseases, they are also rich in B vitamins which are important for a balanced nervous system. Fibre is vital for 'sweeping' our bodies out. Iron and magnesium both of which are important for healthy growth.

Cheese is full of calcium which is vital for healthy teeth and bones. Peanut butter is high in protein which helps muscle growth and also a number of vitamins and minerals, which all go towards keeping your child fit and healthy.

Fresh orange juice, dark chocolate and banana
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Juice, Banana And Dark Chocolate

A glass of fresh orange juice, a few slices of banana and some dark chocolate, preferably with over 75% cocoa.

Eating just twenty five grammes of dark chocolate a day can benefit our health in a number of ways as it is packed full of antioxidants. It helps prevent heart disease and to keep blood pressure at a healthy level, it also helps to keep cholesterol levels down and it is also thought to reduce the chances of skin cancer.

Dark chocolate is an acquired taste for children but if you start by giving them a small amount they will get used to the slightly bitter taste and will grow to enjoy it. You could start by giving them a dark chocolate with a lower cocoa content and gradually increase the cocoa content as they get used to it.

Bananas contain natural sugars and are high in fibre. The sugars help to boost energy whilst high fibre foods help to in effect 'sweep' out our systems. They are also an excellent source of B vitamins and potassium. Potassium helps our bodies to regulate our heartbeat and can be depleted from working up a sweat by being physically active. B vitamins are essential for a healthy nervous system.

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Cheesy popcorn....Popcorn in a popcorn machine....
Cheesy popcorn....
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Popcorn in a popcorn machine.... | Source

Making popcorn in a saucepan....

Popcorn

Not many people realise that popcorn is in fact a wholegrain, so it is definitely classed a healthy snack. Whole grains are full of antioxidants which protect our bodies against diseases and also contain B vitamins which are vital for our nervous systems. Iron and magnesium are important for growth and fibre helps to sweep our bodies out.

You can sprinkle the popcorn with cheese and some dried herbs or for a sweeter popcorn drizzle with honey and sprinkle cinnamon. The cheese is a good source of calcium which is vital for healthy bones. Honey is an amazing natural sweetener, why do you think bees produce it to feed to their baby bees? It is an antioxidant and also contains antibacterial properties and will give your child a good natural energy boost.

Many households have popcorn machines for popping their own popcorn in. You can get air popping machines that work by blowing very hot air on to the corn kernels and as they pop they come out through a spout in the machine or another style machine rotates the corn kernels on a hot plate until they are all popped, in this machine you can add oil if you wish. If you don't have a machine, you can easily pop your own in a saucepan. (See video clip)

You can also buy popcorn to pop in the microwave in a special bag, it is usually high in sugar and salt so it best to keep it last on the list.

A glass of cold milk with a plate of fruit and nuts....
A glass of cold milk with a plate of fruit and nuts.... | Source

Milk, Sultanas, Raisins And Nuts

A nice cold glass of milk and a handful of mixed dried sultanas, raisins, dried apricot pieces, cranberries, peanuts, walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds the list is almost endless, but I'm sure you get my drift!! This type of mix is easy to make up yourself and contains a really healthy balance of nutrients for your child.

Milk is full of goodness too and whilst full fat milk is fine for your child to drink, semi skimmed is actually better for them as it has a higher calcium content. Calcium is important for strong teeth and bones. Milk is also high in protein for muscle growth and development, vitamin A is essential for healthy eyesight and some B vitamins, which are good for the nervous system.

Dried fruits and nuts are packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals and children enjoy the sweet taste of dried fruit. For a more specific guide on the health benefits of different dried fruits and nuts click on the link.

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Chewy honey, oat and coconut flapjacks with a glass of fresh orange juice....Chewy honey, oat and coconut flapjacks with a cold glass of milk....
Chewy honey, oat and coconut flapjacks with a glass of fresh orange juice....
Chewy honey, oat and coconut flapjacks with a glass of fresh orange juice.... | Source
Chewy honey, oat and coconut flapjacks with a cold glass of milk....
Chewy honey, oat and coconut flapjacks with a cold glass of milk.... | Source

Juice Or Milk And Flapjacks

A glass of fresh orange juice or a cold glass of milk are both packed with vitamins and minerals, the milk is high in protein for muscle growth and vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps our bodies to heal and repair and also strengthens our immune systems

Homemade flapjacks can be a really good source of goodness for your child. They are really easy to make and you can alter the recipe to add dried fruits and nuts of your choice.

The honey in them is full of antioxidants and is anti bacterial. It will also give your child a natural energy boost.

Flapjacks are made with oats that are a wholegrain and are bursting with B vitamins for the nervous system, iron that is important for a number of bodily functions, it keeps our blood healthy and it aids with concentration (what child doesn't need help in that area?), it is also important for our immune systems and oats are also high in fibre.

I put coconut in my flapjacks as this gives them a nice and chewy texture, but you could put in a handful of hazelnuts or dried fruits if you wish, making them super healthy.

A glass of cold milk with a plate of chopped apple and banana drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon....
A glass of cold milk with a plate of chopped apple and banana drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon.... | Source

Milk and fruit

A cold glass of milk served with a plate of chopped apple and banana drizzled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon.

Milk is high in protein for healthy muscle development, vitamin A for healthy eyesight and some B vitamins which are good for the nervous system.

Bananas are high in natural sugars and fibre. The sugars give a natural energy boost and the fibre helps to 'sweep' the body out. They also contain potassium which helps to regulate the heartbeat and is easily depleted through exercise and sweating.

The humble apple is probably the most under estimated fruit there is, they are packed full of vitamins and minerals. B vitamins keep our nervous systems healthy, vitamin A is important to maintain good eyesight and vitamin C helps the body heal and repair, to name but a few. When giving apples to your children, do keep the skin on, as a lot of the vitamins and minerals are lost when the skins is removed.

Honey is full of antioxidants and has antibacterial properties will give children a natural energy boost.

Cinnamon can help keep blood sugars stable and is beneficial to our stomachs and digestive systems.


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Wholegrain bread, sunflower margarine and a high fruit jam with a glass of fresh orange juice....Wholegrain bread, sunflower margarine and a high fruit jam with a glass of milk....
Wholegrain bread, sunflower margarine and a high fruit jam with a glass of fresh orange juice....
Wholegrain bread, sunflower margarine and a high fruit jam with a glass of fresh orange juice.... | Source
Wholegrain bread, sunflower margarine and a high fruit jam with a glass of milk....
Wholegrain bread, sunflower margarine and a high fruit jam with a glass of milk.... | Source

Plain Old Bread And Jam

I remember being given bread and jam as a child and I still have it occasionally. Use wholegrain bread, sunflower margarine with a high fruit content jam and serve with a glass of milk or juice making it a nutritious sweet snack.

Wholegrain being full of antioxidants helps our bodies fight diseases, they are also high in fibre so help to 'sweep' out our systems and B vitamins for a healthy nervous system.

Using a margarine made from a healthy plant oil is a good idea, Sunflower oil is known to be an antioxidant and is also thought to lower the risk of heart disease by keeping bad blood cholesterol low.

A high fruit content jam is better than a low fruit content jam, it contains sugar which will boost energy and tastes good too.

You could use honey if you prefer.



The end of what feels like a very long hub.... My typing skills leave a lot to be desired!!!....

We can give our children healthy snacks that taste good too.

I hope the above hub gives some basic ideas for you to create your own healthy snacks for your children.

This hub was created in response to a question asked by the hubber KrystalD.


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SandyMcCollum 4 years ago

You have some good ideas here. Snacks should be beneficial in some physical way, but you're right, the kids will always choose the high-sugar snacks, if left to them. My personal take on the high quality dark chocolate - get the bars that have sea salt mixed in, it's delicious!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

What a wonderful article for moms and dads who wish to provide healthy alternatives to the usual chips, cookies and candy treats. Anything with chocolate has my vote and I would love it with the bananas and orange juice. Voted up!


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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Oh my gosh, I want to eat ALL of these snacks... RIGHT NOW! These are some lovely snack ideas- and I love the way you've presented them! Voted up, useful, and awesome.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi SandyMcCollum, these snacks are the kind of thing I would toss at my two when they were younger and sometimes now if I feel like spoiling them - they are old enough and ugly enough to get their own now!!

I've never heard of dark chocolate with sea salt mixed into it before, does the salt alter the taste of the chocolate? Salt tastes surprisingly good in liquorice so why not chocolate!!

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to comment.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi teaches12345, the dark chocolate does go down well, you could even get dark chocolate chips to mix in with the dried fruit and nuts to make it a bit more exciting.

Your comments are always appreciated and thanks for the vote!!


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi Simone, I suppose you could have a meze style meal with them, you'd be bouncing with energy!!

Thank you for your enthusiastic and encouraging comment, it's much appreciated.


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Sonya L Morley 4 years ago from Edinburgh

I am always looking for healthy snack ideas for my toddler, I will be using some of your suggestions here. Great hub!


mike 4 years ago

Its also good to teach them why eating healthy food is better than developing a fast foods habit. http://www.micoequipment.com


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Nare Anthony 4 years ago

Cool, healthy, happy, sunny hub!!!


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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

Can I get an order of banana and dark chocolate please?

I've never had a flap jack before, but I'd imagine it tasting like a crossover of pancakes and granola bar? Hmmm...I might have to try that some day. I especially love how you put shredded coconut in there.

Congrats on winning Hub of the Day!

Voted up!


susanm23b 4 years ago

All of your snack ideas look yummy for everyone--not just kids! My children like to make popcorn and add a little butter and cocoa powder (the butter makes the cocoa stick). Excellent, healthy suggestions! Voted up! Congrats on Hub of the Day!


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Susan Ng 4 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

I work at a preschool and our principal is always looking for healthy snacks to sell in the canteen. I'll make sure she reads this. Thanks. :)


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

This is a great hub and I agree with some of the other commenters...these are great snacks for adults as well. Congrats on Hub of the Day!


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tbrian123 4 years ago from colombo, Sri Lanka

very useful article.. good one!!!


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi Sonya, it is tricky trying to find healthy snack ideas for toddlers, but it's worth the trouble encouraging healthy eating from a young age as hopefully it give the a healthy eating attitude for life. We can only hope!!

I'm glad that I've given you some ideas, I hope your toddler enjoys them too.

Thank you for taking the time to read and to leave a comment.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi Mike, I totally agree with you. Fast foods are fine as an occasional treat.

It's mainly down to bad lifestyle (bad diet and lack of exercise) that our childrens life expectancy is going to be less than ours. We need to address this problem from when our children are young.

Thank you for the comment.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi Nare Anthony, thank you for the short, but sweet comment!


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi Turtlewoman, English flapjacks are a bit like a muesli bar or granola bar an not like a pancake at all. Traditionally they are made with oats, golden syrup and butter. It's the added coconut in this recipe that gives them a slight chewiness.

I still can't believe one of my hubs got Hub of the Day...I'm keeping the email!! Thank you for the congrats and for reading and commenting.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi susanm23b, they are probably wasted on the children to be honest!!

My daughter likes to make her own popcorn, I'll have to tell her your version. At the moment she's going through a sweet paprika stage.

It's a nice feeling to get Hub of the Day, I often read them but never thought one of mine would be selected!

Thank you for the vote and the congrats.


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EmmaMedu 4 years ago

I also try to give my child only healthy snacks and foods that are nutritious and will give my child needed energy.

I give my daughter seasonable fruits, dried apricots and raisins, bread with freesh cheese and ham and eggs.

But, I never thought of giving her orange juice along with fruits or bread. That is very good idea!

Thanks for this hub, I enjoyed reading it!


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pstraubie48 4 years ago from sunny Florida

Thanks for sharing these snack ideas. My grandson is very picky with his snacking but as he matures I will try to introduce some of your suggestions. He does prefer orange juice and bananas so we have a start. Congratulations on hub of the day...


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Dawn Conklin 4 years ago from New Jersey, USA

These are great snack ideas that kids will love, even picky kids! My kids are pretty good about the snacks they eat, but then again we don't keep too many sugary snacks in the house. I have never really used honey much, I will have to try it on the fruits. We usually eat them plain, but adding it sounds healthier then not having it. Congrats on hub of the day :)


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srhowell 4 years ago from Dallas Texas

These are not what I would call healthy snacks. Leave out the honey, OJ, jam, and the cheese and these might be. One out of every 3 children born today will develop diabetes in their lifetime from all the sugar given them. Honey, jam and OJ are sugar. Cheese is the food that contributes the most saturated fat (the most dangerous kind)to the American diet. There is a definite correlation between an increased consumption of saturated fats with cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure and numerous other diseases. http://www.healthy-eating-better-living.com


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SweetiePie 4 years ago from Southern California, USA

I think people should continue to burn energy and eat healthy way past childhood. I am a pedestrian and walk everywhere, and anywhere, and I need to eat healthy as well. It disconcerts me when I see adults feed their kids healthy snacks, and then eat garbage and never exercise. Walk to and from school with your kids, or you can even walk to the store with your kids to show them how to buy healthy food. People think they need a gym to stay fit, but you can actually ditch the wheels, eat healthy "kid friendly" snacks and stay pretty healthy. I know I get sick a lot less frequently than most people my age, so I say the healthy snacks and exercise are good for people of all ages. Also, if you eat lots of fruits and veggies from the time kids are young, they will not be picky. I was not a picky eater growing up because there were no other options. I loved cabbage rolls and spinach, even as a kid.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi Susan Ng, I'm glad you like my suggestions and thank you for passing my ideas on.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi vespawoolf, I enjoy the apples with honey and cinnamon and sometimes a slice of bread and jam. Bread and jam takes me back to being a child again.

Thank you for the congrats and for the comment.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi tbrian123, I am glad you liked it, thank you.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi EmmaMedu, it sounds like you are already doing a good job giving your child nutritious nibbles!!

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my hub, t is appreciated.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi pstraubie48, I hope that your Grandson becomes less fussy with age. Bananas and orange juice are a good start!!

Thank you for stopping by and reading my hub.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi Dawn Conklin, honey is high in sugar but also is full of antioxidants that are vital for our good health. The combination of cinnamon and honey does work well together, we even have it on natural yoghurt.

Thank you for the congrats and for the comment.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi srhowell, your comment does make a fair point. Although the main reason that one out of three of todays children will develop diabetes in their lives is largely to do with over indulging in the wrong types of food. They don't know when to stop eating bag upon bag of crisps, biscuits or equally processed foods.

A healthy diet is a balanced diet within the daily recommend calorie amounts and keeping rubbish foods to a minimum.

Honey and fresh orange juice are both sources of natural sugar and high in antioxidants, which actually help our bodies to fight the nasty diseases that are on the increase.

Thank you for sharing the link and reading my hub, it is appreciated.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi SweeiePie, I couldn't agree with you more, being health is more than just eating a healthy balanced diet, it is also about being physically active. Our bodies are designed to be active at any age.

These snack ideas were in answer to a question about what snacks to feed our children, which is why I aimed the hub at children, but healthy snacks and exercise are equally as important for adults and children learn well when set a good example.

I also agree that children won't become picky if they are fed fruit and veg from a young age.

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. It's appreciated.


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RandomThoughts... 4 years ago from Washington

Thank you so much for the great after school suggestions. My daughter is always famished when she comes home from school. The dark chocolate is a great ideas as well as starting out with less cocoa. Vote up :)


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biancaalice 4 years ago from Southern California

Oh I loved this hub. Some great helpful tips and I love how you posed the food with a coordinating drink. This is a great little reference. I'm going to bookmark this one and share you on my blog this week. So cool.

Voted up, interestin, useful & shared!


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homesteadbound 4 years ago from Texas

This is a great hub about healthy snacking. Growing up we used to eat peanut butter and jam on bread with milk, or peanut butter and honey on bread. And when the tomatoes were in season, I used to enjoy tomatoes, saltines and milk.

Congratulations on hub of the day. This was indeed a good one!


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Rufus rambles 4 years ago from Australia

I think these are good ideas but I was always told that eating a piece of fresh fruit is much better than drinking juice. It provides more fiber and juice is a very concentrated form of many fruits (rather than just one piece). Also juice is a major cause of tooth decay so they recommend milk or water only for children. That said however, I think a lot of your snack ideas are great - and I totally agree that children need a balanced diet which can of course include some treats such as jam, juice, etc. Great work and voted up!


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

This is a great information for healthy snacks for any one. Useful and voted up!

Congrats on Hub of the Day award.


kelleyward 4 years ago

Congrats on Hub of The Day! Useful information for parents with young kids.


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TripleAMom 4 years ago from Florida

Hi, love the ideas. Actually, chocolate chips to me taste similar to dark chocolate. My sister didn't think she liked dark chocolate but loves chocolate chips. I pulled out a little of each and they tasted so similar that she decided she did indeed like dark chocolate. Voted up.


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Sunita-Sharma 4 years ago from Los Angeles,California,US

You have some wonderful healthy snacks ideas for kids. This is definitely a great hub to be awarded as :hub of the day..Congratultions!


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hectordang 4 years ago from New York

Yay for healthy foods! I think some of our schools should implement a healthy foods policy instead of letting kids eat chips and drink soda for breakfast! Not sure if there's any research to back it, but I feel like there is a correlation between unhealthy eating and poor academic performance.


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Faceless39 4 years ago from The North Woods, USA

Interesting take on getting kids to eat healthy food. Though I don't consider fruit juice or fruit to be healthy snacks, as they are Extremely high in sugar (OJ has as much sugar, if not more, than pop) and is very acidic (think cavities.) Cheese is high in animal fats and cholesterol. What I'm taking away from this though is that we should make healthy food fun and delicious!


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HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

My kids love to eat popcorn. It's such a fun and versatile healthy snack.


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Hady Chahine 4 years ago from Manhattan Beach

Nice hub! What kid doesn't enjoy popcorn, bananas, and bread and jam? I also like the part about dark chocolate. Thanks.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi Random Thoughts, children can be proper hoovers when they come in from school. So it's good to be able to give them quick snacks.

My two will happily eat eighty-one percent cocoa chocolate, without batting an eyelid.

Thank you for the vote up.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi biancaalice, I'm glad you found my hub helpful. I tried to lay out the hub to help people to create their own snack ideas.

Thank you for bookmarking my hub and sharing it. You nice comment is appreciated.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi homesteadbound, I'm not sure what a saltine is, I'm guessing that it is a type of cracker? A fresh tomato warm from the vine is a really good and tasty snack. They smell good and taste better!!

Thank you for the congratulations. I very nearly fell off my chair when I saw the email. A nice way to start the week for sure.

I hope your 30/30 challenge is not making you sweat too much!!


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi Rufus rambles, it is good to eat whole pieces of fruit. I was only making suggestions. Drinking one glass of fresh juice a day can help boost a childs fruit intake by one fruit. Juice could be limited to every other day.

You are right in saying that juice can cause tooth decay, my dentist advised diluting fresh fruit juice(made at home) with water and drinking it through a straw, so help minimise teeth coming into contact with the juice and also to keep it to one glass a day.

Water is the best thing for children and adults to drink through out the day.

Thank you for your input and your informative comment, it is appreciated.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi urmilashukla23, these snacks can be enjoyed by anyone and at any age. If children see us adults eating healthily then they will be more inclined to follow suit.

Thank you for the congrats and the comment.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi kelleyward, these snack ideas are good for any age and I'm glad you found it useful.

Thank you for the comment and the congratulations.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi TripleAMom, I know what you mean about dark chocolate chips, maybe because they are small our brains don't have time to register that it is in fact dark chocolate.

Thank you for reading and commenting on my hub and for the vote up.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi Sunita-Sharma, sorry it's taken a while to get back to you. Thank you for the nice comment and the congratulations.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi hectordang, sorry for taking so long to reply to your comment.

I think that there is a link between constant bad eating and poor academic performance and I think it even effects the behaviour of children too. Junk food contains chemicals that we would probably rather not know about.

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my hub.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi Faceless39, sorry it's taken a while to reply to your comment. I think that many of us have different opinions to what is healthy, I think that a balanced diet that contains most foods, but keeps junk and processed food to a bare minimum is healthy. I would rather my child have an OJ that contains goodness and natural sugars, than a fizzy drink and the goodness a child gets from a piece of edam is outweighs it's the bad stuff in cheese and of course it shouldn't be eaten exclusively as a snack every day.

Of course it's crucial to teach our children to look after their teeth properly too.

Thank you for your comment it is appreciated.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi HawaiiHeart, sorry it's taken a while to get back to you. My children love to make popcorn too. They love to watch it pop it the machine.

Thank you for reading and commenting.


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi Hady Chahine, sorry it's taken a while to get back to you. Bread and jam I remember as a snack when I was growing up, sometimes my Dad would put a smidge of clotted cream on there too - although that's not so good!

Thank you for your comment and reading.


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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

These are great snack ideas...for kids and adults alike. Thank you!


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece Author

Hi vespawoolf, I'm glad you like snack ideas and I am rather partial to a piece of bread and jam myself.

Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.


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Sharkye11 4 years ago from Oklahoma

This is a great article. I agree that children should get healthy snacks as often as possible. But I also think they should have some "forbidden" stuff occasionally as a treat. I have seen the result of parents completely banning all junk food. It doesn't always teach kids to be healthy. Sometimes it leads to binging on the bad stuff as soon as they get the chance.

That being said, I have to say that I had an enormous appetite as a young child, but never craved a sweet snack. I always wanted sandwiches and stuff really high in carbs and proteins. I'm pretty sure I would have starved to death on a couple of crackers and some juice. I was prone to weak spells if I went for a couple of hours without eating almost a full meal.

Therefore I think it is very important for parents to tailor the snacks to the individual child. Even children have different metabolism levels that will probably change as they grow. Mine did. After I hit adulthood I could eat light snacks and be completely satisfied.

Voting this hub up for being useful, interesting, and for mentioning dark chocolate!

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