Healthy Snacks for kids
Snacking throughout the day is very important to stay energized. At the same time, trying to resist the temptation to grab a quick snack from the vending machine or opening a bag of chips seems to be the easiest option. All these packed options are full of refined flour, sugar and artificial ingredients. They are not even fresh. Encouraging our kids to eat healthy from childhood inculcates some healthy habits.
Trying to avoid snacks between meals can get kids low on energy, snacking is an important part of growing up. As parents, it becomes our responsibility to provide our children with good nutrition and knowledge about healthy living.
1. Using snack time to increase fruit and vegetable intake – With creative recipes, snacks are a good way to increase fruit and vegetable content. Kids like to avoid fruits and vegetables. It is always a good idea to pair them with something they like. This can increase the nutritious content of their food intake.
2. Preparing healthy snacks in advance – When hunger strikes one tends to binge on comfort food. Comfort food and healthy food don’t go hand in hand. Best is to be a bit pre-planned to keeping healthy food at the disposal
3. Be Creative – To include an array of nutritious ingredients in your child’s food need a lot of creativity. Making faces from basic ingredients to hiding some ingredients requires a little imagination. With creativity, you can definitely include healthy eating in their diet.
4. Avoid processed foods and sugars – Being aware of the ingredients and nutrition levels is very important. Children tend to even get more hungrier by eating processed foods and sugar
5. Serving size – A snack should be served as a snack and not like dinner. Always keep a hold on the portions while snacking.
Other factors to think and eat:
— Size is the key. The snack should be the right size, so that it satisfies you but does not promote overeating.
— Pick healthier options like fruits, vegetables, whole grain snacks and dairy products. Limit foods and drinks that contain added sugar.
— Pairing protein and carbohydrate will be wholesome food and keep you full for a while
Healthy snacks need not have to come from the store, nor do they require a huge amount of effort. Most of these snacks are simple to make that you would be happy to share with others too.
You like sweet snacks or savoury, no need to worry, we’ve got you covered.
Easy breezy Caprese Pasta skewers. Ok, seriously which kid in the world doesn’t like pasta? Modify them to suit your taste, season and theme!
This is a fun recipe to get kids involved, they love threading the items onto the sticks. Don’t forget to add in the recipes your kid will eat.
Oven-roasted chickpeas are about as simple as it gets — tosses with olive oil and salt, roast, eat They still have all the protein and heartiness of regular chickpeas, but they’ve become an irresistible salty, crunchy ingredient.
Crispy Crunchy Roasted Chickpeas – one bite is delightfully crispy with a slightly tender inside, the next bite gives a loud satisfying crunch, then fingers must be licked to get all the salty goodness off.
There are some days when only a sweet treat will hit the spot!
These Chocolate Almond Date Balls are perfect for a mid-afternoon pick me up or tiffin snack. The good news about these little gems is they’re totally customizable! Dates contain several vitamins, minerals and are a great source of soluble fibre. Only made with a few ingredients these are a definite hit and can be stored for long too.
The ultimate healthy snack!
Made with simple ingredients, this healthy snack recipe just minutes to make.
All you do for these pretty little yummy bites is slice some cucumber and spoon some hummus on top.
5. Cracker Sandwich
Have you ever tried Labneh? If no, you are seriously missing out.
It’s a soft cheese made from yoghurt, and it is a really a versatile ingredient.
The Labneh dip for the cracker sandwich is flavoured with roasted bell pepper and dill. It is an excellent savoury snack and you can also serve the sip with vegetables or pita bread.
Sometimes dips for kids alone can help them to try fruits. Sometimes kids use their fruits and veggies as a spoon to lick off the dip.
Summer is a time for picnics, cookouts, and outdoor adventures! When paired with fresh produce, this 5-minue fruit dip is a light and healthy snack to fuel fun in kids and satisfy their sweet tooth!
This healthy yoghurt fruit dip is the perfect complement to any fruit plate.
7. Avocado cheese bagel
We all know the power of the mighty avocado. Packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and fibre, they even contain more potassium than bananas! And there is nothing more delish than a bagel to pair it with. This recipe pretty much contains everything kid loves (cheese, avocado and bagel), adding on it is super easy to make.
Take the bagel, add some cheese, microwave it and then put avocado slices. Sprinkle salt and lemon as per taste. Ready to go.
Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, these bite-sized tofu nuggets are easy to make and certain to please all the kids (and grown-ups!) in your life. You won’t believe how crispy they can get in the oven.
Tofu is like a blank canvas which makes it very versatile and can take on almost any flavour. Having trouble getting your family to eat tofu, too? Turn to this delicious kid-friendly tofu recipe that all kids love!
While store-bought granola bars might be convenient, it is quite hefty on the pocket! Unlike the packaged kind, these are fresh, healthy and made with the wholesome ingredients you choose.
These granola bars are soft, without being cookie-like and don’t crumble as so many homemade bars do. The ingredient list allows for flexibility and they can truly be customized to your child’s preferences.
10. Peanut Butter Apples
This quick recipe is so versatile, it can be used on any fruit and topped with various ingredients. Use a banana, pear and top it with granola flakes, chocolate chips, cranberries or nuts. The outcome is always delicious. A perfect way to get children to eat fruits for snacks without any complaints.
Kids always learn from what they see, so it is equally important for us as parents to have a healthy lifestyle. Including healthy, homemade, fresh food in our diet will encourage them to do the same.
These easy healthy snack recipes are quick to make and will satisfy everybody’s taste buds – kids as well as adults.