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Healthy Kid Snacks for Busy Parents

Posted on February 26, 2018 in Uncategorized

After a long day of school, nothing is more refreshing than coming home to a snack on the table. A child’s life rotates around the food they eat. Even the snacks consumed by a child can and should be healthy. Storing vitamins that they get from their food is part of any child’s day. Healthy foods are universally necessary, even though children’s tastes change from day to day. Adapting to healthy eating is a challenge for some and a breeze for others. Though snacking may be considered an inconsequential part of a diet, it is actually very important. With these few simple tips, snacking can be made healthy and fun for everyone involved.

While giving a child a steady source of energy, healthy kid snacks also provide them with crucial vitamins and minerals. Peanut butter can be replaced in healthy kid snacks for nut butters such as almond butter that instantly boost the rate at which a child is getting healthy omega fatty acids. Few kids will notice the difference, as nut butters taste almost exactly like normal peanut butter does. Many healthy kid snacks utilize these butters in bars, shakes, and dips. With the addition of nut butters to the simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich, this classic lunch item becomes much more healthy. The connective tissues of our brain use omega fatty acids, as well as the nerves in our eyes. A great idea for healthy kid snacks is apple slices with these delicious nut butters for an astounding combination.

Making healthy kid snacks is a relatively simple task. Many healthy kid snacks use a tiny amount of time in preparation, as they use mostly raw ingredients. Reheating and cutting are two of the very limited cooking requirements for these types of snacks. A large number of healthy kid snacks are made from fresh sliced fruit and vegetables. Great diets start from the bottom with vegetables and fruits as the base. Frozen fruit chopped and placed in Ziploc bags are a great summer takeaway item, and with a dollop of sprinkles, can be enjoyed as dessert. Overdoses of sugar come in the form of popsicles, but blending your own smoothies and freezing them in cups with Popsicle sticks for handles is another great option.

Trail mix made from items at home is also very popular as well as cheap. Dried fruit, nuts, and pretzel pieces can be tossed together and kept in a large freezer bag in bulk for later use. With just a few delicious chocolate chips, the trail mix becomes a fan favorite with the kids as well. The appeal of trail mix is universal as well as healthy. Many different healthy kid snacks employ the use of whole wheat versus bleached white wheat. The ratio of vitamins and minerals in whole wheat as compared to bleached white wheat is phenomenally different. Lightly salted sweet potato chips are a great substitute for the usual salty and unhealthy variety. The sweet potato is a great root that gives many different vitamins, and is both naturally sweet and tasty with many kinds of additions.

Fun Healthy Kids Snacks

Posted on February 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

It’s a well known fact – growing children love to snack! Making fun healthy kids snacks will provide your children with fillers between meal times that are healthy and nutritious. While it is very easy to hand a bag of potato chips to your child to munch on, it will not give the child any nutritional value. Too much fast food, oily foods and over eating have led to a huge problem of overweight children across the country. As parents we have to take control of our children’s eating habits and steer them on the right path to eating foods that provide the nutrition the body needs to grow healthy and strong.

Children get hungry very quickly and if you have trained your child to eat right from a very young age you will not have any problem in getting them to eat the right kinds of snacks. Every growing child is going to need fillers between meals and it is better to train a child to eat smaller portioned meals more often. Healthy snacks are good fillers and can consist of fruits and other whole grain snacks that will add value to the growing body.

Supermarkets are inundated with kids snacks in exciting packages and oh so easy to just dump a few in the trolley and move on. Time savers indeed! These processed foods contain plenty of sugar that is not good for anybody. You can make eating fruit a lot more fun by blending it into yoghurt that makes for a very tasty snack. Alternatively you can also serve the child a fruit platter with a bowl of flavored yoghurt as a dip. Another alternative to getting your child to eat more fruit is to make fruit popsicles – goes down great on a summer day. Fruit smoothies are really very popular among children and can be made from low fat milk, yoghurt and fresh fruit. Your child gets the dual health benefits from fruit and low fat dairy products together. You can make up combinations of fresh vegetables and exciting dips or put low fat peanut butter on whole grain crackers. All of these ideas make for healthy snacks that are going to fill your child up in more ways than one with the goodness of nutrition.

When we are busy rushing around between work, the kids and home with barely a minute to breathe, it is very difficult to think nutritious when easy is all that comes to mind. However, every parent is urged to find the time to make up a list of fun healthy kids snacks based on the preferences of the child. Make a conscious effort to shop right; if you don’t have it in the house the child is not tempted to eat it!

If you take the time to consider your options to provide fun healthy kids snacks you will be pleasantly surprised, there is quite a list of possibilities ranging from fruit, pretzels, crackers with peanut butter, muffins, yoghurt, granola and so much more. Make the time – your child’s health depends on the food you feed him or her.

What Goes Into A Healthy Kid Lunch?

Posted on February 13, 2018 in Uncategorized

A healthy and varied kid lunch box starts with having the essentials on hand. This includes a quality unbreakable thermos (for keeping foods either hot or cold), a thermal lunch bag (to preserve freshness), a freezer pack (to maintain a cool temperature), some plastic cutlery, a reusable drink box and an assortment of storage containers with tight-fitting lids.

Once you have the basics of your kid lunch box assembled you can switch your focus to the kinds of nutritious foods you’ll be packing.

A healthy kid lunch box starts with a balanced meal of carbohydrates, protein and fats.

Above all else, a kid lunch box should contain healthy servings of grains, fruits and vegetables. Where possible, select whole grains over refined flours. The main reason being is that whole grains contain more fiber and nutrients than grains which have been heavily processed.

Kid lunch box staples should always start with complex carbohydrates. When purchasing bread, bagels, pitas, tortillas or even hot dog and hamburger buns choose 100 per cent ‘whole grain’ wheat over enriched white. Remember also that all brown breads are not created equal. Always check the ingredient list to know exactly what you’re buying.

Most kids love deli meats but there’s value in switching to low-fat or fat-free brands of their favorites. With improvements in low-fat versions of deli meats favorites like turkey or chicken breast, ham, roast beef or even bologna may still make your child smile.

Cheese is also a good addition to a kid lunch box but in moderation. Consider low-fat or fat-free cheese. Granted cheese like milk provides calcium but unfortunately it’s also the second leading source of artery-clogging fat in the diets of most children.

If you’re concerned that your child isn’t getting enough calcium in his or her diet consider that calcium is still found in most low-fat dairy products as well as in calcium fortified orange juice.

Like cheese, select fat-free (skim) milk or 1% over 2% or whole. The reason for this is that milk is one of the most common sources of saturated fat in children’s diets.

Vegetables are another must have in a kid lunch box. Never pack a sandwich without adding lettuce or slices of cucumber. If your child balks at the mere mention of veggies you may have to get sneaky and add grated zucchini or carrots to sandwich fillings or blend some into your child’s favorite muffin batter. Another option would be sending along a container of tomato or vegetable juice.

Finally each and every kid lunch box you pack should include at least one helping of fruit whether its fresh seasonal produce or canned unsweetened fruit salad.

When it comes to fruit always offer up new varieties served in different ways. Cubing or slicing up a fruit in a fresh way can make all the difference to a child. Think melon balls instead of melon slices and orange rings (or half moons) instead of orange triangles. Add a yogurt dip and you may have converted a non-fruit lover into one who can’t get enough of her new found favorite.

A healthy kid lunch box is made easy if you routinely stock your kitchen cupboards, bread box and fridge with wholesome foods. When grocery shopping always think about the week ahead and how many school lunches need to be made.