10 healthy snacks your kids will lovePosted by Ewaoluwa Onilenla
Snack time is a brilliant opportunity to sneak extra nutrients into your child’s diet. I know it's tempting to stock up on prepackaged snack foods especially in the middle of a pandemic, but trust me when I say replacing them with unprocessed healthy snacks is worth it!
Many packaged snacks for kids are extremely unhealthy. They’re often full of refined flour, added sugars, and artificial ingredients.
I would be providing you with a list of 10 healthy snacks your children will absolutely love and thank you for!
Popcorn - Surprise! I know Popcorn is considered by many as junk food, but it's actually a nutritious whole grain. As long as it's free of artificial flavors, colorings, added sugars, and unhealthy toppings, popcorn can be a healthy snack for children.
You can make time to pop your own popcorn with a little butter and sugar. It creates a bonding experience with your children and they will love it. It's a win-win situation! However, caution is advised when offering popcorn to younger children, as it can be a choking hazard.
Oatmeal - Oatmeal doubles as a healthy breakfast for children and a great snack. Oats are high in soluble fiber, which increases the number of beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract, along with other health benefits. Skip flavored packets and make the oatmeal with milk instead of water, this will add some additional protein and calcium.
Yoghurt - Yoghurt is a good source of protein and calcium. This makes it an especially healthy snack because calcium is important for kids’ developing bones. Some yogurts also contain live bacteria, which benefit the digestive system. Most yogurts marketed to kids are high in sugar. Choose plain, full-fat yogurt and sweeten it with fresh fruit or a drizzle of honey rather than already sweetened yoghurt.
Nuts - More recent evidence suggests that introducing nuts to children at an early age lowers the risk of an allergic reaction. Nuts such as groundnuts, almonds, cashew nuts are high in healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants. Dietary fat is important for supporting growth in children. Nevertheless, nuts can be a choking hazard, so make sure your child is able to handle the texture before giving nuts as a snack.
Fruit smoothies - Fruit smoothies are a good way to pack a lot of nutrients into a small snack. You can also add vegetables in this mix, the sweetness of the fruits will negate the pungent taste of the vegetables and your kids won't even realise. Use whole, fresh ingredients and avoid fruit juice, which is high in sugar. There are countless combinations you can find online. You can get started with a simple blend of bananas, yoghurt, milk, and honey.
Sweet potato fries - Homemade sweet potato fries are a nutritious alternative to french fries. Sweet potatoes are one of the richest sources of beta-carotene, a nutrient that can be converted into vitamin A by your body.
It contributes to healthy eyes and skin. All you need are sweet potatoes, vegetable/olive oil and a little salt. Peel and slice the sweet potato. Toss the potato in an oil-filled frying pan and sprinkle salt.