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Healthy Kids Snacks to Serve Up This Summer

Posted on August 30, 2018 in Uncategorized

Just because its summer doesn’t mean your kids don’t need to fuel up on some healthy kids snacks between meals. When your kids are active indoors and out it’s important to give them nutritious food and drink that will keep them full and hydrated this summer.

Following are some great ways top up your kids with fluids, boost their level of antioxidants, help them grow and maintain healthy bones, add fibre to their diets with whole grains, and show them that veggies do have a fun side.

When your kids are hanging around pool side or knocking on the back door looking for something to eat or drink, try these healthy kids snack and drink ideas on for size.

Avoid drinks laden with sugar and caffeine. Instead of sports drinks and pop, serve ice water (add a slice of lemon, lime or cucumber), low-fat milk, or 100% fruit juice. When serving juice, consider half cup servings over larger ones to avoid loading your kids up with too much sugar.

Serve fruits with a high water content. When hunger strikes and it’s hot out, nothing refreshes quite like watermelon and oranges.

Keep fresh fruit and veggies washed and ready to eat. One of the best ways to ensure that your kids consume enough antioxidants on a daily basis is to make sure that there is always a healthy supply of cut up fruits and veggies in your fridge.

Serve healthier chocolate milk. While there’s a certain appeal to chocolate milk, you can reduce the sugar content by diluting it with a little white milk.

Pair up pitas with hummus and ‘pop’ some healthy corn. Whole grain, whole wheat pitas cut into wedges and served with hummus and other healthy dips like baba gnoush are great summer snack ideas for kids. Instead of butter laden microwave popcorn, use an air popper or make some the old fashion way on your stove top, using healthy oil (olive or vegetable) and a little sea salt.

Use cut up veggies to make silly facial expressions on open face sandwiches. Be creative, use a slice of red pepper for the mouth, carrot circles for the eyes, a green bean for the nose, sprouts for the hair etc.

Make mini homemade veggie pizzas. Thinly slice up a bunch of vegetables and get your kids to assemble their own veggie pizzas on sliced English muffins or pocketless pitas.

Healthy Kids Snacks

Posted on August 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

Fruits are one of the most nutrient dense foods available. Fruits are a goldmine of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Getting children to eat fruits is easy because they are bright in color and
taste great. Fruits are available all season long and they are usually relatively inexpensive. Ideally children should consume at least 1-3 servings of fruit per day depending on their age.

Since fruit is in its natural form contains a lot of water it is easier for the body to process. Our mini fruit and cheese kabob recipe can be flexible. You can allow your child to choose the fruits to thread onto the toothpicks. Making the kabobs is a fun project for children. Some of the fruits that you may
want to choose for the mini kabobs is listed below:.

An apple a day will keep the Doctor away. Apples are a great source of vitamins.
Apples also have a lot of fiber. Apples are rich in vitamins A, C, E and folate.

Apples are available in green, red or yellow skin when ripe. Apples can help in the
reduction of colon cancer, prostate cancer and lung cancer. They also help with heart
disease, weight loss and controlling cholesterol.

Bananas are a good source of fiber, potassium, vitamins A, C, B6, E and folate.
*Folate supports red blood cell production and helps prevent anemia. Folates also support
cell production, especially in the skin. Bananas help nerves function properly

Seedless cherries either red or black in color contain anthocyanins that reduce pain &
inflammation. Anthocyanins are antioxidant flavonoids that protect many body systems. They have some of the strongest physiological effects of any plant compound.

Kiwis offer a rich source of vitamins A, C, E, B complex, calcium, iron and folic acid.
The skin of the Kiwi is a good source of flavonoid antioxidants. Flavanoids help keep blood vessels elastic.

Oranges contain vitamin C and immune protecting flavanoids. Oranges provides pectin
and are rich in sodium when ripened in sunshine.

Strawberries are one of the richest sources of vitamin C and fiber. It has high content
of sodium and iron. It helps in whitening of the teeth.

Watermelons are high in mineral content, vitamins and iron.

Healthy Kid Snack – Mini Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Ingredients:

*Fruit of your choice

*Chunks of cheddar cheese cut into 1/2 inch pieces

*Toothpicks

Instructions:

*Use toothpicks as skewers

*Lay out fruit and cheese on a tray

*Fruit can be strawberries, pineapple chunks, mandarin orange slices, grapes or apple
slices.

Allow the children to thread the fruit selection of their choice onto the skewers.
Let them make several that will last throughout the day.
Store remainder of the fruit kabobs in a Tupperware container in the refrigerator
where the children can reach them. Make sure the kids are careful with the toothpicks.

Depending on their age, you may want to let them choose the fruit and cheese they want skewered. You can put the fruit on the toothpick for them

Healthy Kid’s Snack Ideas

Posted on August 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

Parents are often looking for healthy kids snacks to help their children stay fit. It can be a challenge, though, with all of the unhealthy, over-sweetened and fattening snacks out there to tempt your kids. Worst of all, advertising actively targets children, encouraging them to have a sweet tooth and crave junk food. While it can seem like an uphill battle, there are things you can do to instill healthy snacking habits in your children.

Snacks, for children and adults alike, can be a time when people make some of their least healthy eating choices. With kids, this can be a time when you can’t always be watching or supervising what they eat. You can, however, send them off to school with some healthy snacks, which can help them develop good habits.

Until recently, it has been widely assumed that watching your weight was something you didn’t have to worry about until you were an adult, maybe even middle-aged. Sadly, however, we are seeing a rapid increase in childhood obesity. The causes for this are mainly twofold, and not very hard to identify: an increase in calories and junk food and a corresponding decrease in physical activity! You can help to influence your children in positive ways in both of these areas.

Be sure that your kids get a good breakfast every morning. This should include a high quality protein and maybe some fruit. Being too hungry in between meals is one reason kids gravitate towards unhealthy snacks. If you give them cereal for breakfast, try to give them a healthy one that is not over-sweetened. Sugary cereals can start off a day long habit of sugar spikes and letdowns. Sugar acts as a drug in the body, and has an addictive quality. So if kids (or adults) start the day off eating very sweet foods, as soon as the initial sugar jolt starts to wear off they will start craving more.

Healthy trail mixes can make excellent snacks. Again, look for ones without added sugar. Today many trail mixes contain pieces of candy, which are hardly healthy. Nuts and dried fruit are good sources of, respectively, protein and natural sugar. Another idea is to put the trail mix into some plain yogurt. You can add a little natural sweetener like raw honey, pure maple syrup or agave nectar.

Instead of potato chips or pretzels, try giving your kids healthier substitutes like vegetable chips, which can be found in natural foods section of your supermarket.

You can also find things like organic, whole grain crackers. These can be dipped in foods like hummus, baba ganoush (both tasty Middle Eastern spreads), guacamole or an all natural salsa.

If you buy packaged snacks, look for healthier alternatives to candy bars. Even many energy bars are highly sweetened. They do, however, make energy bars or fruit strips that are only sweetened with organic or natural ingredients instead of sugar or corn syrup.

These are just a few ideas for healthy kids snacks. If you make it a point to pay attention to what your children eat in between meals you can help them develop healthier eating habits.

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