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Healthy Snacks for Kids - 10 of the Best!
As a busy working mom, sometimes it can be tough to ensure that our kids are getting their daily allowance of nutritional goodness, especially when a lot of the snacks available from the grocery store, aren't exactly healthy snacks for kids.
If you find that you simply don't have the time to freshly prepare all three of the customary healthy meals every day, or if you suspect that your kids eating habits aren't what they should be when they are away from home, then it is vital that we make sure that the snacks our kids eat between meals are healthy ones.
Nutritious healthy snacks help to restrain a child's hunger throughout the day and they also play an important role in boosting nutritional intake. Healthy snacks not only help to stop our kids from becoming overweight, but they also help to prevent the development of diabetes and other diseases associated with unhealthy eating habits. Finally the foods our kids snack on now will likely determine what their eating habits will be like later in life. So, by making healthy snacks for our kids now, we could well be setting them up for a lifetime of healthy eating. Below are 10 snack ideas for kids which I guarantee they will love and which are also super healthy.
Homemade Popcorn – My kids really enjoy eating homemade popcorn. Not only is homemade popcorn really easy to prepare but it is also a satisfying whole grain snack full of proteins, fiber, vitamins, minerals and most importantly antioxidants. Antioxidants benefit your health by fighting and preventing diseases.
Dry Cereals – My 2 year old enjoys snacking on dry cereals; the whole grain ones. He really loves Honey Bunches of Oats and Cheerios. Whole grain cereals are really tasty and filling. In addition, whole grain cereals are also low in saturated fat and cholesterol. They are a good source of dietary fiber and provide essential vitamins, minerals and proteins.
Smoothies – Oh how they love smoothies! I prepare lots of healthy smoothies for my kids especially on a hot day and sometimes every morning. There are specialist smoothie makers available on the market, but I find that a standard home blender works well for smoothies too. I make them by using plain non-fat yogurt, fruits and veggies such as oranges, bananas, berries, mangoes, carrots, spinach and celery (fresh or frozen). Fruit and veggie smoothies are a rich source of vitamin C and B and other beneficial components that are important to your metabolism.
Dried Fruits - Dried fruits such as raisins, apricot, apples, pears, figs and prunes are another yummy option as a snack for your kids. Dried fruits are not only an excellent source of vitamins, minerals and fiber but also provide a range of other beneficial components.
Fresh Fruits – Bananas, apples, cantaloupe, watermelon, just to name a few, are really delicious. I cut them into bit size pieces and give them to my kids as finger foods. Fruits are loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which help maintain a healthy body, prevents diabetes and kidney diseases.
Oatmeal Cookies – A delicious oatmeal cookie is a healthy snack that is yummy, tasty and nutritious. Yes, nutritious. Although some of you may not consider oatmeal cookie a healthy snack but it is filled with fiber, vitamin B and minerals such as Iron.
Zucchini Muffins - This is something I make for my kids all the time and they don’t even notice the vegetables in it because it is so yummy. Zucchini muffins contain dietary fiber and proteins that are essential for a healthy diet.
Granola Bars – My kids and I bake these together and they get to put in whatever they like. Granola is high in fiber and it help reduces the risk of iron-deficiency, diabetes and it lowers your cholesterol.
Cheese - Kids really love cheese and they make a really great snack. Again you can cut them into bite size pieces. Cheese is packed with proteins, calcium, pro-biotic and enzymes which are all essential for a healthy diet.
Yogurt – Which kid doesn't love yogurt? I give my kids plain yogurt and they love it. Yogurt is a rich source of calcium, excellent source of protein, it helps fight infections and it boosts your immune system.
How about you?
Here I've shared just a few of my best healthy snacks that my kids and hopefully your kids will enjoy! What about you? Do you have any healthy snack ideas to share? If so, please feel free to leave a comment below.