Children and healthy foods rarely seem to get along. As much as healthy foods is what they should be munching on, unfortunately vegetables and healthy cereal is the last thing that any kid wants to feel in their mouth. In some instances, they detest it too much that they are willing to forego the best part of dining–dessert. Most parents will agree that having their children to opt for healthier foods is a battle that in most instances ends up in curses and you being told how your little one hates you.
However, with all due respect, it is not that children hate healthy foods, it is just that they hate some of the options that parents present them with and how they are prepared. Yes, it is a bitter pill for most parents to swallow but that is the truth.All hope is not lost however, there are some clever healthy snacks that you can give your child that they will not only eat readily but also they will be more than happy to take to school doesn’t that sound more interesting and inspiring? You could offer your kid something healthy and more importantly something that they like. Here are some great options that you should consider.
Not only do carrots taste good, they are highly nutritious and have plenty of benefits. You do not have to get into the argument of whether the baby carrots or normal carrots are the best. For your comfort, the only difference between the two is that the baby option is cleansed and rinsed with chlorine. Most food enthusiasts will tell you that this strips the nutrients away by the chlorine but in real sense, the kind of chlorine that is used in this has the same pH as water so this usually no big deal. Carrots are great because they are rich in Vitamin K, Folate, Manganese, Copper, Potassium and Vitamin A and C.
Does it come as a surprise that yoghurt features at the top of the list? It tastes great and it is perhaps one of the few things that your kid already eats without any pressure or running battle. However, you can make this better by opting for Greek yoghurt. It does not have any additives or the extra sugar. However, the kid might not like this but to make it more adventurous, you could throw in some real fruits like strawberries or blend them together. To change the temp abit, you could have the yoghurt mixed with other fruits like bananas or even mangoes. Children hate having the same thing so these would give you diversity.
Children love pastries there’s no doubt about that. It is a love that you could use against them if you have the tools and knowledge. You can make your pretzels using whole wheat flour and for sweetening you can use agave nectar instead of honey or sugar. You get great taste and a healthy option for your child that he can take to school and also one that they would be more than happy to take. Whole wheat flour is rich in fiber and minerals. It sticks in the stomach longer hence cut the hunger cycles of your little one. Other than the taste that comes with the pretzels, your child gets to enjoy the vast nutritional benefits that include Vitamins B1, B2, B3 copper and a variety of other nutrients.
First off, nuts are a great addition if they are portion controlled. It is vital to make sure that the portioning is done right. The best thing about them is the fact that they are diverse in their kind and also have a wide range in taste. Even if your child might not like one type of nut, they might fall in love with others. You have cashew nuts, macadamia nuts, walnuts and others to choose from. You can even serve these with some of the other snacks like pretzel. You can throw in a couple of nuts in there before baking them. The options here are endless. Some of the benefits include the richness in fiber, Vitamin E, antioxidants and are great for the thyroid. Of course the nitty gritties might differ depending on the type of nuts that you decide to go with.
Even for the die-hard lovers of ice cream, this is an option that can have their mouths drooling and a great snack for your kid especially when it is hot outside and they are looking for something enticing and entertaining to put their taste buds on the edge. Frozen grapes are easy to make and are rich in flavor. They are a great option if your child is a loves popsicles and they also get to enjoy the nutritional benefits of grapes. These include their antioxidants, Flavonoids, Vitamins A,C and B6 as well as minerals that include potassium, calcium, iron and magnesium. If that does not sound anything remotely closely healthy to you, then nothing might be. Additionally, you get to use any kind of grapes to add some variety into the snacks.
Whole Grain Cereal
There is a lot to like about whole grain cereal. For starters, it is every easy to prepare. In fact, your kid could get around it all by themselves. It also has a great collection of nutritional benefits among them being the immense amounts of fiber, calcium and plenty of vitamins. These provide the child with a steady stream of energy during the day and allows them to jump the midmorning snack.
Protein packed and with the ability to keep the energy levels of the child high, this is a great snack for kids, there are many great ways that you can make cheese a more likeable option for your kids. One of these is to cut it into cubes and stick it in salt free pretzels. You could make it more interesting by cutting up the cheese into fun shapes using a cookie cutter and make kabobs with the kid’s favorite fruits.
This should not come as a surprise to any parent. Kids go nuts over this sippable delicacies and parents love them because they are quite simple to make and have a plethora of options that they can pursue. To give you a good consistency in the smoothies, you can always incorporate some yoghurt. The rest of the ingredients depend on how creative and adventurous you are feeling.
Most kids will eat bananas and apples but having some Vitamin C on the fruit menu would do them a lot of good. Strawberries are big on Vitamin C and double up as a great snack for your kid when you do not have the time to put together something more complex. You can also add in some whole wheat crepes in this to make it more nutritious and tasty.
You were wondering when a great vegetable would come sprawling down the list? Here is one. Sweet potatoes are packed with Vitamin A, C and B6 and are also a good source of folate. A great and simple way to prepare them would be to make some delicious chips. They are definitely a much more worthy alternative to those greasy store bought varieties that you get. What’s more, it does not take a lot to prepare this. Just chop them up and deep fry them in olive oil and they are ready to serve.
This is where you would say it is starting to get out of line but contrary to all the information you might have gotten, peanut butter is a derivative of nuts and hence as you would expect it has some of the benefits that nuts have. The only difference is, it has been a favorite for most children from a tender age. The protein and fiber rich paste is great when you are trying to make PB&J sandwiches with mini waffles that are toasted or even with rich cakes. You can also try making a frozen treat using raspberries, yoghurt and the peanut butter.
Forget all the fuss with the egg white, one egg has almost one third worth of proteins that are needed by a 4 year old in a day. You can have some hard boiled eggs in the fridge for time tight days or you can scramble them up and roll them in a flour tortilla. Nutritious and simple to make up.
There are a couple of reasons why this is a great snack for kids. It is a great dip for kids, it is made from chickpeas, has a great and very irresistible nutty flavor, the list is endless. The good thing about hummus is that it is quite thick so it is not messy.Also, it contains Folate, iron, and vitamin B6.
This is one of those foods that your child will be delighted to see as a snack. You just have to package it well. Start by picking those that have your child’s favorite shape and cook them and put them in the fridge. When snack time comes, microwave half a cup with some veggies or cooked chicken that have been jarred in tomato sauce. Takes about 20 minutes and you whip up something that your kid is going to love.
The best thing about pears is that they are present all year round so you never have to worry about stepping into the grocery store and find them MIA. They are rich in fiber and a great snack even on their own but you can serve up canned pears with low fat cottage cheese for the sake of diversity or pack an entire juicy pear in the kid’s lunch box.
Emphasis on the Low-fat. It tastes just as good as the regular ham but because it is low fat it is much healthier and definitely a great protein booster. You can roll it up on its own so you can throw in some cheese to shake things up a bit.
There are a lot of great things going for raisins. Fiber, vitamins and potassium ring at the top of that list. You can even create a great dip from them for kids to stick their carrot sticks into. Their great taste will definitely make them much easier for the kids to eat. Definitely a clever trick to have up your sleeve.
How did it take so long for these juicy and incredible fruit not to features on the list? They are a go-to healthy fruit for most but even they do not stand a chance against monotony so to switch it up you can take up some apple crisps and sprinkle them with blueberries and some yoghurt will definitely get the flavors going.
Whole grain waffles
Want to have some fun with your kids in the kitchen? Whole grain waffles! They are a great alternative to peanut butter and jelly and they give the child a great boost of iron, B6, A and B12. You can also have these topped with reduced fat cream cheese and a fruit jelly.
Virtually every kid that you will meet loves cookies. But you could feel better serving them a healthier option with the same name by whipping them up some oatmeal cookies. You can even throw in some cranberries, nuts or dried apricots in to mix things up. Oatmeal cookies are not only a healthy option but very nutrient rich.
Is it a fruit or a vegetable? Is it pronounced toma-o or tomat-oh? Before you get caught up in all the arguments, with all the lycopene your child needs, Vitamin A and C, tomatoes are a great snack if they are made the right way thankfully it is quite easy and you can even add other fruits like apples in the mixture.
Great vegetable and with the right pairing you can have a great snack as well. Celery paired with sultanas and peanut butter pack a healthy punch and a great snack for your little one. They will work on digestion, the sultanas work the taste buds while the peanut butter offers unlimited energy for playtime.
Kids love popcorns especially if you are a fan of movie night at the comfort of your home. There is not much to do here. Just substitute the butter for healthier options like a sprinkle of virgin olive oil and you have a healthier options.
Forget all the options that you get at the supermarket. Fold up your sleeves and this would be a great time to get your kid involved. Kids love juice and this is among the few healthier options. Just make sure you don’t use sugar for sweetening. You can use some honey in its place.
Toss the nuts, pretzels, whole grain cereals, popcorns and banana chips in one big old bowl and you have a great snack that has a plethora of benefits in it. Nothing better than that. You get minerals, vitamins, proteins, any nutrient you can think of and you will have it in for your child.
Getting healthy snacks for you kid just got much easier. You have 25 different options that you can choose from and the best part is, you can play around with them as you wish. So, ideally, you have endless options. Healthy and tasty snacks for your kids for a healthier and more productive life.