Healthy Snacks In A World Full Of Junk Food
Teaching children to eat healthy snacks in this country isn't as easy as it sounds. The endless varieties of junk food from cookies, chips, cakes and ice cream seem to be calling out saying take me, I'm delicious, eat me. Since this isn't a battle we want young children to face parents seek alternatives in hopes that by beginning their children on a healthy eating life style they won't face some of the health issues their parents have faced.
In the hopes of reinventing myself I've watched my daughter's sharing these hopes with my grandchildren. Their alternatives they've come up with when offering their children healthy snacks are teaching me a thing of two. When preparing snacks they use portion control and can make snack time fun, letting them create special healthier snacks.
Ice Cream Sundae Alternative: Give them an ice cream sundae cup, have them put a glob of yogurt in the bottom, put in fruit, glob of yogurt, some fruit and continue until they reach the top. The last layer should be yogurt and top it with a strawberry or blueberry.
Fruit Shapes, Cheese Shapes Kabob: Give them slices of fruits and cheese with cookie cutters. They can create stars, circles, squares, fun silly fruits and cheese shapes to put on their kabob stick.
Rice Cakes Creations: Provide them with rice cakes and let them decorate them with frosting, sprinkles, peanut butter, jelly, raisins, little marshmallows or mini chocolate chips. This is healthier than a frosted cup cake and satisfies their sweet tooth.
Celery Logs With Ants: Give them celery sticks, peanut butter and raisins. They spread peanut butter on the celery and put a few raisins on the peanut butter. The boys love this!
Their are other alternatives for healthy snacking, a small apple, peeled, sliced on a plate with a glob of peanut butter for dipping. Have you ever tried celery with either peanut butter or cream cheese? It gives you the crunch factor and is healthier than chips. Baby carrots and ranch dressing for dipping is another crunchy food. A bunch of grapes, raisin's, sliced strawberries, peeled and sliced orange are always tasty treats. A single serve yogurt with granola or diced apples, peaches, strawberries or banana's can be mixed in. For a frozen treat we've taken the yogurt in the squeeze tubes and placed them in the freezer. We've even frozen the flavored yogurt containers. That is another healthy alternative to ice cream.
So, the next time the kids wants a snack, make it healthy, fun and be creative!!