Play can promote a healthy lifestyle, but to ensure your children are as healthy as possible, you need to develop healthy eating habits. With the abundance of high-processed foods, fast food chains and sodas at childrens’ every call, it is important to have healthy snacks around, whether you are a parent, teacher or babysitter. These snacks are inexpensive, easy to prepare and definitely kid approved.
Celery with peanut butter: As stated as Heidi Drake, blogger on The Campfire, her children love this snack. Either buy pre-cut celery, or spend some time cutting celery and putting them in plastic baggies. Whenever you’re ready to give out this snack, scoop out some natural peanut butter and enjoy!
Banana-Yogurt Pops: I took this recipe from Heidi, as it seems delicious and is definitely nutritious. Peel bananas, dip them in yogurt, roll them in nuts or granola and freeze. This serves as a great alternative to ice cream and popsicles. Yum, I can’t wait to try these for myself!
Veggies and Hummus: While some children may not like hummus, you should still try it. It is made from chick peas and is full of protein. Hummus is a healthy, delicious snack and pairs well with cucumbers, celery, carrots and broccoli.
Snack Mix: Don’t just give your child pretzels, mix together healthy, wholesome snacks to make a snack mix. Include nuts, pretzels, whole grain cereal, banana chips and popcorn together for a crunchy, easy-on-the-go snack. Children will love this because it will seem like they’re eating more than one snack! Try a mixture of any snacks you have lying around and let me know what you concoct!
Waffles, Cream Cheese and Raisins: Toast a whole-grain waffle, smear on a layer of cream cheese, and top on the raisins. Whole-grain waffles will give your children a boost of iron and vitamins B6, B12 and A.
Oatmeal and Fruit: Buy plain oatmeal and cook for a minute in the microwave. When it cools down some, add it bananas, strawberries, and a bit of honey and cinnamon. Stir together for a healthy breakfast option or an after school snack.
Of course these aren’t the only snacking options out there. These snacks are a more nutritious and filling snack than potato chips and soda. When these snacks are paired with playtime and an active lifestyle, your children can develop into their best selves and remain healthy and active well into their adolescent and adult years.