One of the hardest parts of being a parent is figuring out the best way to feed your kids. Kids love to snack, but often snack foods have no health benefits. Rather than continuing to let your kids eat snacks that have no nutritional value to them, the next time your kids are looking for a snack, try one of these great options that will make both you and them feel good.
Fresh fruit is always a healthy choice for a snack. But, it can sometimes be difficult to convince kids to eat enough of it during the day. This yummy snack helps busy parents alleviate that problem. Plus, these fruity pops are a cinch to make. Just put about a cup of fresh fruit (any kind your kids like) into a popsicle mold, pour in some coconut water and let time do the rest of the work. If you prepare the pops in the morning, they’ll be ready by the time the kids get home from school.
If you want to keep your kids healthy, take that old adage to heart and keep the doctor away with this fast and fun snack. Thinly slice an apple into rounds and then smear a thin layer of peanut butter across each slice for some added protein. Finally, top it with your favorite granola. This easy snack is the perfect after-school pick-me-up for your kids.
Here is another great way to get your kids to eat fruit. This snack takes bananas to another level. Their natural sweetness makes them the perfect fruit for this recipe. This snack only needs a few ingredients and comes together quite quickly. Wrap a banana in a tortilla that has a light spread of cream cheese on it (mixed with cinnamon and honey). A quick zap in the microwave finishes off this snack that tastes more like a dessert. Your kids will never guess that it’s good for them.
It is important to get your kids to eat more vegetables. However, you’ll need some good luck to get your kids to eat a big plate of plain broccoli. This fantastic vegetable dill dip is so tasty that your kids will love dipping any vegetable they can find into it. If you are a creative type, you can turn an ordinary bowl of dip into a scarecrow, which can increase your kids’ veggie consumption even more. Plus, this dip is versatile. Not only is it great for veggies, but you can also dip some healthy, baked cheese snacks in there as well.
If you are tired of your kids snacking on bags of processed potato chips as they’re watching TV, this snack is the perfect answer. Sweet potatoes are packed with the vitamins and nutrients that your kids need, such as A, B6, C, and folate. Plus, the distinct sweetness adds a level of flavor and complexity that makes sweet potato chips taste much better than the traditional white potato variety. These baked chips are easy to put together as well.
If you want a sweet treat for your kids that won’t make you feel guilty, then you need to try this recipe. It tastes just like the old-fashioned Whoopie Pies you remember from your childhood. But, this one has more healthful ingredients. It contains pureed beets. But your kids won’t notice and you don't have to tell them. Nothing is better than sneaking veggies into your kids' mouths without them knowing it - especially when it’s in an after school snack.
Everyone loves chocolate, but it is not always the healthiest choice for your kids to snack on. However, this recipe takes everything you and your kids love about chocolate but ratchets up the healthfulness with some good-for-you ingredients. First, it uses dark chocolate, which has antioxidants that are good for the body. These brownies also include dried cherries, which promote heart health. Plus, there are pureed beets hidden in there to add some fiber and do not affect the sweet chocolaty taste at all.
Sometimes busy moms and dads just can’t find enough time to make the healthy snacks they want their kids to have. When you find yourself in this position, a great solution is to give your kids some gourmet cheese snacks from John Wm. Macy CheeseSticks. These zesty cheese crisps are baked rather than fried, so they are a more healthful choice than the greasy, fried snacks. They come in a variety of flavors including SweetSticks for when your kids crave something sweet. Keeping a box or two of CheeseCrisps or CheeseSticks is a guaranteed way to keep your kids happy.
Give your kids snacks that they will love that you feel good about serving. Don’t forget to keep some John Wm. Macy CheeseSticks on hand at all times. When you can’t make a healthy snack for your kids from scratch, they are a great option.
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