Healthy Afternoon Snack Ideas for Kids

Healthy Snacks for Kids

Modern parents often find that their children prefers candy, chips, and other processed junk food over fruits and vegetables. Sugar addiction is very real and in order to avoid that fate, parents try to instill healthy eating habits in their children. But how can parents make sure their kids eat healthfully if they refuse to eat anything that isn’t loaded with sugar, saturated fat, and empty calories? Fortunately, there’s a trick: you have to “trick” children into eating healthy food that also appeals to their palates and satisfies their taste buds.

Using Fruit For Snacks

For instance, let’s say your young one enjoys eating sweets, just as most children do. Try to introduce them to new fruits that are both high in fructose and vitamins like grapes, oranges, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, etc. The possibilities are endless! But, of course, this is hard to do when your child wants a bowl of ice cream. Fruit smoothies are just as refreshing and yummy. They’re also healthier and quicker to make. Just add all of your child’s favorite fruits and blend them together go give your child a snack that is both nutritious and delicious!

Healthy Junk Food

Fortunately, there are healthy kinds of ice cream, including ones that you can make at your home with as little a plastic bag and ingredients of your choosing. Instead of making the ice cream with whole milk, use milk products such as coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk. Be mindful of the nutritional content, as some plant-based milks are loaded with fructose, the kind of sugar that you find in sodas and candies, and allergens.

Instead of feeding your child a chocolate bar, prepare a healthy snack that is also sweet. Fruits contain glucose, a natural and healthy sugar that bodies digest at a slower rate than fructose. Spread some peanut butter on apple slices for a rich and tasty snack for your little one to enjoy! Ideally, the apples and peanut butter would be organic and GMO-free. If you’d like to jazz it up a bit, sprinkle some cinnamon onto the peanut butter for extra flavor.

Cookies are only as healthy as the ingredients with which they are made. There are a lot of modified recipes that are healthy as well as easy to make! There are healthy cookie recipes out there that require as little as two ingredients. Just add mix a cup of oatmeal with two bananas, space the individual cookies onto the sheet, and bake them for 13 to 15 minutes.

You can even go the extra mile and add toppings that your little one will enjoy. Does your child love cookies with raisins or chocolate? Feel free to add whatever topics you like or, if your child has a sweet tooth, substitute the problem ingredients with healthy options. Perhaps some sugar-free chocolate chips on certain occasions?

Eating should be a positive and healthy activity, not a struggle. Satisfy your child’s nutritional needs and taste preferences at the same time with these enjoyable and easy snack ideas!

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