Healthy Snacks are important for kids to get the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. In this article, we offer some top tips to help moms and dads offer a balanced, healthy diet supported by yummy snacks.
Healthy snacks are not a substitute for meals. Sure, your kids might try hard to get those extra snacks but it is important that you ensure moderation. Try ways to help your kids understand many snacks is healthy. Try keeping snack-size bags in the cupboard and use them to control serving sizes.
While it is vital to be conscious of sugar levels, fresh, dried, frozen, or canned fruits can be super options that need little or no preparation. Considering giving your kids whole fruits and limit the amount of 100% juice served.
A single-serving container of low-fat or fat-free yoghurt or individually wrapped string cheese can be just enough for an after-school snack.
Limit Sugar Intake
Keep healthier foods handy so kids avoid cookies, pastries, or candies between meals. Add seltzer water to a ½ cup of 100% fruit juice instead of offering soda.
Homemade Healthy Snacks
For homemade sweets, add dried fruits like apricots or raisins and reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe. Adjust recipes that include fats like butter or shortening by using unsweetened applesauce or prune puree for half the amount of fat. For older school-age kids, mix dried fruit, unsalted nuts, and popcorn in a snack-size bag for a quick trail mix. Blend plain fat-free or low-fat yoghurt with 100% fruit juice and frozen peaches for a tasty smoothie.
Make Vegetables an Attractive Option
Store sliced vegetables in the refrigerator and serve with dips like hummus or low-calorie dressing. Top half a whole-wheat English muffin with spaghetti sauce, chopped vegetables, and low-fat shredded mozzarella and melt in the microwave.
Milk is Important
Milk is super-good for bones and teeth. A cup of low-fat or fat-free milk or milk alternative (soy milk) is an easy way to drink a healthy snack.
Whole Grain Snacks Offer whole-wheat bread and whole-oat cereals that are high in fibre and low in added sugars, saturated fat, and sodium. Limit refined-grain products such as snack bars, cakes, and sweetened cereals.
Lean Proteins Choose lean protein foods such as low-sodium deli meats or unsalted nuts. Wrap sliced, low-sodium deli turkey around an apple wedge. Store hard-cooked (boiled) eggs in the refrigerator for kids to enjoy anytime.