healthy kids

healthy kids

Home - Category: Uncategorized (Page 3)

Category: Uncategorized

Fun Healthy Kids’ Snacks – In Between Meals

Posted on September 5, 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 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

Top