Don’t we want all our kiddos to grow strong and healthy? Yes! We all do! As much as we could, we want them to eat a lot to grow quickly. But we want them to eat healthy too! Snacks are a bit tricky and may seem like an excuse to eat junk food. Let me give you some healthy snack ideas! Some will require a chunk of your time, but It’s worth it. You can even make large batches and store them in the fridge!
How could anybody forget about popcorn! We often forget popcorn and don’t really see it as something nutritious. Why? Because it’s sprinkled with everything not-so-nice at movie houses! But, you know what, a three-cup serving of popcorn has 4 grams of fiber! Oh! I forgot to mention! It’s whole grain!
It’s not stripped of the B-vitamins like regularly milled grains! Sprinkle some salt on your freshly cooked popcorn, and you get a healthy snack for your kiddo! Popcorn is like a blank canvas, you can mix whatever you want! Add some cheese to increase its protein! Look for non-GMO or organic popcorn.
What do you know? You can sneak anything in homemade popsicles! The kids will never know how nutritious their snacks are! But surely, they will love your popsicles and would love to have more! All you need is a popsicle mold, and you can turn yogurt and fruit juice into wonderful popsicles! Want something tropical? Use coconut water and add some chunks of pineapple and kiwi!
We would all agree that peanut butter is nutritious. It’s packed with protein and has high calories! Enough to supply your kid’s’ energy need for the day! But how do make your little one eat more peanut butter? Here are a few ways to incorporate peanut butter
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwich
- Banana with peanut butter smeared on it.
- Peanut butter and banana muffin
- Peanut butter on a rice cracker sandwich
How do you introduce salsa to a picky eater? It can be a little difficult, but not impossible! Instead of cheese dips for tortillas, give them a tomato salsa. They will surely get a lot of vitamins, and trace minerals from a tomato salsa!
Here’s a friendly snack size salsa recipe you can try.
- 2 large tomatoes
- ½ sweet onion
- 1 clove garlic
- ½ tbsp. lime juice
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- ½ tsp finely chopped cilantro (optional)
Chop all the ingredients and mix. You can skip cilantro if you suspect that its flavor would be too strong for your kiddo.
Sometimes, it’s all about the presentation. If it’s boring, they won’t eat it. If it’s fun, they’ll eat it for sure! Fruit skewers are an excellent way to have your kids eat fruit!
Cube some watermelon, pineapple, and kiwi. Place a berry in between them as you skewer the fruits. The colors will surely attract the little kids! Just make sure to snip the pointed edge of the stick.
Feeding kids healthy snacks can be difficult at times and we need innovative ways to serve healthy foods! To make them more inclined to eat healthy food, involve them in the preparation. To save you time, you can make large batches of things like popsicles and salsa over the weekend.
Kristin Ryals is a housewife with big love for cooking. When she is not binging on the Food Network and attempting to become America’s Top Chef, she is browsing online for unique recipes to awe her friends. Kristin is the founder and main editor for Taste Insight, her blog about nutrition and vegetarian food.