All growing kids tend to get hungry between meals, especially mine. But, my kids always want sugary snacks. So today, I made a list of 7 healthy snacks for kids. Each of these snack ideas will fill kids up with good nutrients instead of sugar.
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I always try to save money when I go to the store. I want to grab quick and healthy snacks but the most convenient snacks that I can find are usually the least healthy.
My children don’t need more sugar, they need foods that will help them have a diet rich in nutrients and vitamins to grow and develop healthily.
It can be a real challenge to convince your kids to eat healthily. So when snack time comes, it is the best opportunity to add some extra nutrients and vitamins into your child’s diet. That is why these seven healthy snacks will be your little tricks to make this happen.
7 Healthy Snacks for Kids
1. Honey yogurt
Yogurt and honey are two very healthy snacks that are both rich in protein, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. Those two combined can be not only a delicious snack but also one with several health benefits.
Honey contains many vitamins including ascorbic acid, zinc, manganese, potassium, iron, and calcium. Yogurt is also a great source of vitamins for your child as it is rich in protein and calcium. Another benefit of yogurt is the fact that it contains live bacterial content which can contribute to improving digestion and your child’s immune system.
Yogurts that are marketed to children are usually high in sugar. If you are looking for a healthier option, buy plain full-fat yogurt such as Greek Yogurt.
When it’s time for a snack add a little bit of honey and even cinnamon if your kids like it. The honey will bring some sweetness to the yogurt, and your children will enjoy it. You can also get flavoured Greek yogurt and skip the honey. Both options are yummy and filling.
2. Trail mix
If your children aren’t allergic to nuts, they are the best source of protein and make a great snack. You can make your own mix of nuts, dried fruits, and whole-grain cereal for a colourful and healthy snack.
A healthy trail mix can come in hundreds of combinations depending on what your child likes.
Trail mix is a healthy snack no matter the season because they are easy to pack and easy to carry around. As an added bonus, nuts like almonds, walnuts, pecans, or hazelnuts have a variety of health and energy-related benefits.
Nuts are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for your child’s body and brain’s healthy development. They can protect your child from the risk of several health conditions including heart diseases, some types of cancers, and arthritis.
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4. Banana-oatmeal cookies
Making your own healthy snacks for kids can be better than purchasing them from the supermarket. When making snacks, you are in control of what the snacks contain and you can add a few vitamins and nutrients to your child’s diet.
There is nothing better than getting your kids to help you make cookies. Not only will they have fun, but they can see what ingredients you put in.
When making banana oatmeal cookies, it’s good to remember that both banana and oatmeal contain fibre and combined together can make a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals. Potassium-rich bananas and fibre-rich oatmeal can make a healthy snack that can prevent several health conditions including kidney stones, heart disease, and diabetes.
Homemade cookies such as banana-oatmeal cookies will taste like a delicious treat but don’t include refined sugar.
5. Healthy snacks for Kids: Baked sweet potato fries
Sweet potatoes can be a great nutritional snack that will help your child stay healthy. Sweet potatoes contain high amounts of fibre and potassium and fewer calories than regular potatoes.
If your kids are a fan of French fries, sweet potato fries are a healthy alternative that can protect your child’s health. However, to make the fires even healthier, instead of frying them in oil, bake the sweet potato as a nutritious alternative to French fries.
6. Healthy snacks for Kids: Apples and peanut butter
Mixing apples and peanut butter are both delicious and healthy. You can even mix peanut butter with full-fat yogurt to make a peanut butter dip.
The added yogurt makes the peanut butter creamier and makes for a delicious dip. When paired, apples and peanut butter create an ideal punch of nutrients that are necessary for healthy blood sugar control.
Both apples and peanut butter are rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals including fibre, protein, Vitamin C and K, manganese, and potassium.
7. Healthy snacks for Kids: Frozen fruit popsicles
Do your kids crave cool ice cream during the summer months? Most probably, they do. However, ice cream can contain high amounts of sugar which are extremely unhealthy for kids.
To make a healthy cold snack, you can make frozen fruit popsicles. These can be a great healthy snack during summertime and a nutritious alternative to ice cream.
Not only that they look cool and colourful, but they are also creamy, healthy, and a snack that your kids will certainly love.
Giving your kids homemade healthy snacks is the best way to provide them with the number of vitamins and nutrients they need for healthy development. So, use these 7 healthy snacks for kids as ideas to help your kids change their snacking habits into healthier ones.
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Meet the Author
Daniela McVicker is a psychologist and family counsellor. She is also a freelance writer and a contributor to TopWritersReview. Her passion is writing about leading a healthy family life and helping people enjoy their lives to the fullest.