Healthy, Easy Snacks Your Kids Will Love
Getting your kids to eat healthy may feel like an uphill battle that requires a ton of time and effort. However, it doesn’t have to be! Making healthy snacks a part of their routine early on will get them used to eating the right kinds of foods and choosing nutritious options a habit. The best approach to take towards your kids’ healthy eating is to lead by example, starting with eating well during pregnancy. Just like bathing and brushing our teeth is a daily ritual, snacking on fruits, veggies and greens can become second nature, as well. If your kids watch mom continuously grab an apple or drink a protein shake after a mommy and me stroller fitness class versus opening a bag of chips when the hunger pang strikes, they’ll do the same, because it’s the norm at home. Making snacks that provide fiber, protein or healthy fats are ideal. Read labels and watch for sneaky ingredients in pre-packaged foods such as hydrogenated oils and sugar – as well as basically any ingredients you can’t pronounce. A good rule to follow when visiting the grocery store in order to stick to fresh food, is to shop around the middle aisles as much as possible and very minimally within them.
There really is a way to serve up tasty eats that your kids will actually love, without all the processed junk. Here are some quick, easy-to-make treats to help you put a healthier spin on snack time (and give you peace of mind, too!).
1. Apple Fries and Nut Butter
The fact that you call them “fries” automatically makes them sound yummy and fun, right? This snack takes virtually no time to prepare and sneaks in some necessary nutrients. Pair this fiber and antioxidant-rich fruit with natural, protein-packed nut butter and you have yourself a winning duo for which the kids will definitely come back asking for seconds.
2. DIY Trail Mix
Get your kids involved in making their own snacks and they’ll be much more receptive to eating the healthy stuff. DIY trail mix is much better than potato chips and way more fun to eat. Throw in your favorite nuts such as peanuts, pistachios, cashews, almonds or walnuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, some dark chocolate and dried fruit (check the sugar on the label and avoid any sweetened or sugar-coated options!). Divide into portions and store in small containers or Ziploc bags and you have the perfect travel snack.
3. GoMacro Bar Fruit Sandwich
Many granola bars and other seemingly “healthy” bars can be full of sugar and processed ingredients. Instead, opt for a macro bar like the ones from GoMacro, which are vegan, gluten free, soy free, sustainably sourced, boast protein and are packed with other vitamins and super foods. Cut up some fresh fruit like raspberries, blueberries and bananas and wedge between two bars for a sweet and nutrient dense snack.
4. Berry Smoothie
Kids tend to like milkshakes, therefore smoothies might be an easy sell since they are of similar texture and are actually quite pretty! Blend blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, banana, pomegranate juice, and flaxseed meal (rich in omega 3) for a colorful, yet super healthy drink.