Snacks are often kids’ most looked forward reward in the middle of classes, after a long day in school or after a ball practice.
There are so many snacks that are commercially available but these ready-to-eat snacks are not very healthy with all the added sugar, artificial flavors, and preservatives they contain.
Even if there are “all-natural” and “organic” labels that make some of these ready-to-eat snacks in the market healthy, they also end up more expensive.
Parents just want what’s best for their children, and “best” need not mean expensive. Read on to find out which whole foods you can prepare for a healthy snacking alternative.
Cheese is rich in protein and calcium that are both essential for children’s growth. Aside from its health benefits and good taste, it is also very popular among kids—making it a go-to healthy snacking alternative. You can serve it on its own cut into little cubes or serve it with plain crackers and breadsticks.
Small and seemingly boring, nuts are not to be underestimated. These little ones are a great source of many nutrients. If nuts itself do not excite your kids, making a trail mix can add a lot of fun. Add raisins or other dried fruits, seeds, and whole grain cereals. The best thing about making your own trail mix and not buying from the stores is knowing what you feed your children.
There are so many kinds of fruits out there that can satisfy kids’ craving for sweet treats. Other than the variety of flavors, fruits can give, your snacking presentation can also level up a notch with its versatility. You can make some classic mango banana smoothie, fruit popsicles or fruit skewers made of different fruits.
Eggs are not just breakfast staples, they can also be part of a healthy snack. The best thing about eggs is that they are like superfood, aside from containing quality protein, they contain a little bit of almost every nutrient such as Selenium, vitamin B12, and choline.
Making hard-boiled eggs into a delicious egg sandwich spread is not that hard. Just mash your eggs then mix with greek yogurt, dijon mustard, a pinch of salt and pepper, all measured to your liking, and it is ready for your toasted bread.
- Sweet Potato
A healthy carbohydrate source that is considered a better version of potatoes, sweet has more fiber and is slightly lower in the glycemic index. Whether you choose to cut it horizontally to make it into chips or vertically to make fries is up to you. Just line it in a pan with some olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt, and bake it for 20 minutes at 425 degrees fahrenheit.
Most yogurts in the market are flavored to make it very sweet to balance our its natural sour flavor which could mean that they also contain high-sugar sweeteners. But plain yogurt can also be sweet when served with natural sweeteners such as honey and fruits, which makes it more healthy. Just make sure your children are not lactose
intolerant so they do not exhibit unpleasant symptoms.
This naturally whole grain snack contains heart-healthy fiber and complex carbohydrates that are sure to increase your kids’ satiety making it a good snack.
A very simple way to make oatmeal is to combine half a cup of rolled oats, one cup of water or milk, a pinch of salt in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook the oats, stirring occasionally, until soft. Add desired natural toppings like fruits, cinnamon, or nuts.
Contrary to what many people believe, popcorn is not a junk food. It is in fact a nutritious whole grain. But do not be fooled by what is commonly available in your grocery store! Popcorn will only remain nutritious if it is not coated or topped with too much flavoring that makes it sweet or salty. If you want to add a bit of flavor, a dash of salt, or grated cheese, or cinnamon can do the trick.
To conclude, do not be limited to the pre-packaged, processed snack foods you see in your grocery. Giving whole foods to your children instead of those highly processed food during snack time can add valuable energy and nutrients to their diets even in between meals.