Being a parent causes many emotions, and one of the biggest causes of parental anxiety is what to feed your child. You want to give your kids healthy food and start them off in life the right way, but there are so many dos and don’ts out there that it can be hard to figure out what is the right thing to do. It also doesn’t help if you have a very picky eater for a child or a child who is allergic to dairy or gluten. The list goes on and on, but do not fear, as some great healthy snacks do exist, and they do not consist of apples and raisins (you’re welcome, kids) that your child will love and give them the extra nutrients they need.
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Below you will find six healthy snacks to give your give kiddos that they will ask for over and over.
Some people think that popcorn is a type of junk food, but this is far from the truth as popcorn is a nutritious whole grain, and as long as you don’t load it down with unhealthy toppings, it is a healthy snack.
Air pop some popcorn, spray a little butter on top and add sea salt and parmesan cheese, and the kids will love it.
2. Veggie Pita Pocket
Let your child pick their favorite vegetables and stuff them inside a whole wheat pita with some hummus, and sit back and enjoy this healthy snack.
Kids love smoothies, especially the ones that are full of fruit. Parents love them because they are full of nutrients and natural sugars. Add some Greek yogurt and chia seeds for even more amazing antioxidants and flavor. Check out this excellent smoothie recipe here… Berry Smoothie
4. Banana Oat Cookies
What kid doesn’t love cookies? Most cookies are full of sugar and other ingredients that are hard to pronounce, let alone let your kids eat. Here is a great cookie recipe made with delicious bananas.
Banana oat cookies
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup (80 ml) of coconut oil
2 cups (160 grams) of rolled oats
1/2 cup (80–90 grams) of mini chocolate chips or dried fruit
1 teaspoon (5 ml) of vanilla
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Place spoonsful of the cookie mixture onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for 15–20 minutes at 350°F (175°C).
5. Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes are one of the richest sources of beta-carotene, a nutrient that can be converted into vitamin A by your body. It contributes to healthy eyes and skin, and your kids will thank you as they get older. You can use sweet potatoes in many different recipes as they have a sweet flavor, but it’s mild enough to pass off as a savory snack.
Sweet Potato Fries
1 fresh sweet potato
1 teaspoon (5 ml) of olive oil
Peel and slice the sweet potato. Toss the potato in olive oil and sprinkle it with sea salt.
Bake on a cookie sheet at 425°F (220°C) for 20 minutes.
6. No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars
Kids will love these delicious homemade cheerio bars. Most kids love granola bars, but even they can be full of chemicals and ingredients that are not great for kids and can tend to be on the pricey side. The ingredients in this recipe are inexpensive and have just a few ingredients, and they taste so good. Add a little protein powder in with the other ingredients to help give your kids a boost.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Cheerio Bars
(Please do not make it if you have a nut allergy or substitute for Wow Butter)
3 cups Cheerios
3/4 cup peanut butter or Wow butter
1/2 cup honey
1 tablespoon peanut butter or vanilla protein powder- optional
½ cup mini chocolate chips – optional
Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper or foil; set aside.
In a medium saucepan, heat the peanut butter, honey, and protein powder (optional) over medium heat until melted and well combined.
Remove from the heat and stir in the Cheerios.
Place the mixture into your prepared pan and press into place.
Sprinkle the top with mini chocolate chips (optional)
Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before cutting.
Keep any leftovers stored in the fridge.
There are lots of fun and different snack recipes to try with your kids. Suppose your kid is a picky eater, then have them try various snacks and have them help you make them until you find the ones that are just right for your family. Be creative and have fun with it.
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