Toddlers and kids often get hungry. However, most of the packaged snacks are extremely unhealthy and are full of added sugars and preservatives. Snacks time is a great opportunity for you to sneak some nutrients into your child’s diet. Here are some healthy, delicious creative kids snack suggestions which are perfect to pack in school lunches or munch at home.
Yogurt is an excellent source of protein and calcium. It is a perfect snack for toddlers and preschoolers since it helps in the development of bones and strengthens the immune system. Yogurt is a richer source of nutrients that most types of milk. Anything labeled as a “Healthy Food” is practically kid repellent, but creamy yogurt with fresh fruits or a drizzle of honey is tempting even to young kids.
Dry Fruits and Nuts
Once the child starts going to school, one major concern of all parents is to how to keep them active throughout the day so that they concentrate well in class. Food plays a critical role here. Raisins and nuts not only play an important role in boosting memory and immunity, but they are also a dense source of energy. Nuts can be given simply as snacks or can be powdered and added in soups, sandwiches, dals or pasta. Since toddlers and preschoolers do not have a very coordinated chewing and swallowing action, it is better to be chopped finely or pounded to prevent choking.
It is very important to add fruits and veggies in our kid’s diet for complete nutrition. While most kids completely detest fruits and vegetables, smoothie is a great option to pack a lot of nutrients into a small snack. Since fruits have a sweet taste, kids are more likely to enjoy their snack without even realising what is in it. Pick smoothies made from low-fat dairy products and no added sugar content, to reduce risk of obesity in kids. If it is difficult to make your kid have them, try introducing one of their favorite ingredient (eg: chocolate chips) or favourite colour (eg: pink) in the smoothie.
An egg a day helps your kid to grow taller. Eggs are easily available, extremely easy to cook and inexpensive. Eggs are loaded with proteins, vitamin A and D and are an excellent snack for kids.
You can make an egg sandwich, hard boiled eggs or an egg dosa and we bet you your child is gonna love them.
Cookies can also be an healthy snack for your child. There are cookies which can be easily baked at home and available in stores which are packed with nutritional benefits, and the best part is you can fool your kids into eating them. Homemade banana oat cookies will be a treat to their taste buds.
As much as eating healthy is important, there is nothing wrong in treating your kids with chips, pizzas, burgers and chocolates once in a while. If you have any other easy quick snacks suggestions for kids, do suggest in the comment section below.