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Posted on April 20, 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 – In Between Meals

Posted on April 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

A lot of companies who claim to be kid-friendly try to offer fun, healthy kids snacks. But for us moms, children and healthy eating is not just a business – we want to make sure that the foods our kids eat are nutritious and delicious, and not just because they are popular.

Usually, the attraction lies in the presentation of the food and not in the food itself, especially if you have a picky kid. My 8-year old is very picky … I doubt if someone can beat her reputation for pickiness. Recently though, she has developed an interest in seeing and eating food – if I present her spaghetti with some garlic bread on the side (just like in restaurants), she would ask for seconds, when before she would just take a couple of bites and ignore it completely. Same food, same taste, different presentation. I wondered if there was something to it.

So I tried it again – this time, I tried giving her food she doesn’t eat – vegetables. I cut up some carrots, celery, broccoli, and some lightly steamed green beans. I saw her hesitate when she saw what I was doing and tried to sneak out of the house. But I saw through her plan, so I asked her to bring out some cottage cheese (a food substance she will not do without). Curious, she asked what it was for. When I said it was for the veggie platter, she totally forgot about going to her friend’s house and spent the afternoon chatting with me, while I came up with refills of vegetables.

Moral lesson: Pique your child’s curiosity. Sometimes you just need a spark for you to be able to keep feeding him or her, your way.

Put together some nuts and pretzels, banana chips and even popcorn. Put it in a resealable bag, and you have a snack for a kid that’s on the go.

Have some plain yoghurt, mix in some pears or bananas for an instant snack. (Remember, yoghurt is calcium enriched – very good for your child’s constantly developing bones.)

Sandwiches are more fun and appealing when they have a different shape. Get some cookie cutters, and cut away. You’d be surprised that they’re eating your homemade chicken sandwich without nary a complaint. A mom-friend says that the sandwich she gives her kid is “assorted” – she cuts it into different pieces, and her child would put it all back together, like a jigsaw puzzle.

Fruit juices should always be served cold or chilled. (This can be partnered with other chewable snacks.) And fruit salads served as is would never appeal to a child (unless he’s been eating them from the time he was weaned). But try putting some cream on it and serve it frozen – your child will never be the same again.

Whether your child is picky or not, it doesn’t hurt to let your imagination run wild when preparing healthy snacks for your kids. Trust me; your kids will love you for it.

Healthy Kids Meals At Restaurants – Is Your Child Eating Right?

Posted on April 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

The growing instances of child obesity have forced parents to take a second look at their children’s food plate. As a parent, you want to make sure that your child eats only those foods that fulfill a kid’s nutrition needs. However, there is a limit to the amount of control you can exert.

For all those times when you dine out or for those occasions when you are too busy to dish out a meal, your family has no option but to depend on restaurant-prepared meals. We can see how bad you feel, but it needn’t be so any longer. Restaurants, aware of kid’s nutrition needs and parents’ concerns have special kid friendly menus and meals.

You might ask how they are different from the regular restaurant meals. First, they differ in the ingredients they use. Second, they use healthy food preparation methods. Third, they make sure that the foods they serve are appealing both to the eyes and those tiny taste buds. Here’s a detail on healthy kid’s meals at child-friendly restaurants.

  • The Substitution Of White Bread Products With Whole Grains –

Many eateries prefer to use whole-grain products such as whole wheat bread and pastas in place of the white varieties. This is because white bread is hard to digest and calorie-laden. Whole grains on the other hand contain a judicious amount of healthy filling fiber.

  • Serving Organic Food –

Organic food both plant or animal products is a healthier, safer and more nutritious option. You might ask why. Organic fruits and vegetables are produced naturally without the use of fertilizers, pesticides or bioengineering. Similarly, animals are fed only natural feed and are not injected with antibiotics and growth hormones to increase produce. If a restaurant serves organic food, go for it.

  • Grilled, Baked and Roasted –

The method of preparation also influences the nutritional value of the meal. Foods deep fried in oil have a higher calorie content. Grilling, baking and roasting are better food preparation methods.

  • Dispensing With Artificial Colors and Sweeteners –

You might also want to look for meals that do not contain high-fructose corn syrup as a sweetener or any artificial food colors. Fructose corn syrup is high on calories while artificial colors contain toxic substances.

  • Healthy Drinks –

Many of the kid-friendly restaurants have done away with sugary beverages and sodas from their children’s menu. Instead, they serve water, fresh fruits juices and milk shakes.

  • Low-Calorie Meals –

In many cases, it is not possible to remove certain ingredients because they are the soul and substance of a dish. In such cases, restaurants try to make it healthy by tweaking its total calorie content. This includes using low-fat dairy products. They might skip the extra cheese or serve the sauces and dressings separate. The dishes are also prepared to contain a very small amount of sodium. If not, you can ask for the changes to be made to your dish.

You can also order healthy side foods. Most restaurant meals today include fruits and vegetables such as steamed broccoli, fresh carrots, slices of apple, mandarin orange and the likes for kids and children to nibble on; they have said goodbye to the French fries.

So, here’s the trick to ensure that your kid eats healthy even when dining out. Look for food chains that offer healthy and tasty foods not only for children but also adults and make your reservations there.