7 Yummy and Healthy Snacks for Kids to Eat!
Kids love to snack! This can be both a good and bad thing. Snacks are great when they are healthy, but unhealthy snacks can lead to weight gain, which can result in health problems down the road. However, there are plenty of healthy snacks that kids will actually enjoy eating! Try these out and watch your child’s health improve over time!
Popcorn is a fun, easy, and healthy snack. It’s also low in calories: one cup of popcorn has less than 100 calories while providing 3 grams of fiber. Popcorn can be flavored with herbs, spices, or any number of other ingredients. Making it yourself means you can control what goes into it like using healthier oils such as coconut oil or olive oil instead of vegetable oil as well as adjusting seasoning amounts according to your tastes.
Frozen Yogurt Pops
Making frozen yogurt pops is a great way to get your kids interested in eating healthy snacks. Make it yourself by blending 2-3 cups of your favorite yogurt with 1 cup of fruit or berries (either fresh or frozen). Scoop into small cups, add sticks, freeze, and voila! You’ve got delicious (and fun) icy treats that are much healthier than store-bought ice pops. For added sweetness, add in a little sugar or honey.
Start with a layer of plain low-fat yogurt. Top with fresh fruit, a sprinkle of nuts or seeds, and a little honey. Repeat until you’ve reached your desired parfait size. Sprinkle on some cinnamon for added flavor, but watch out that spice can turn kids away from healthy eating fast. Fresh Fruit: Dried fruit isn’t always low in sugar or calories it depends on what type you buy.
Roasted Edamame Snack
Edamame is soybeans, so they’re a good source of protein. You can roast them in a pan or oven with nothing but olive oil, salt, and pepper, so they have little added fat. They’re also easy to digest, making them great snacks for kids on the go.
Homemade Granola Bars
Granola bars are a great way to pack in some quick nutrition when you’re on the go or traveling with kids. Rather than buying those overpriced, highly processed granola bars that seem to be so popular these days, why not make your own? They’re simple to make and healthier than store-bought. Your kids will love helping you prepare them. And there are endless variations that you can experiment with until you find your favorite recipe.
Homemade Dried Fruit Lollipops
If you want to give your kids a healthy, delicious treat, make them some homemade dried fruit lollipops. These are easy to make with things you probably already have at home. Make sure to store these in an airtight container in a dark place or they will dry out even more. They should last up to 6 months! The ingredients are: 1 cup each of raisins, apricots, and pitted dates. Note: You can sub other types of dried fruit if you’d like.
Chia Seed Pudding
Chia seeds are a great alternative to energy bars and gels. They are high in fiber, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, protein, and calcium. Chia seeds will help keep you energized throughout your workout without raising blood sugar levels. The pudding is sweetened with dates that contain zero net carbs while also providing plenty of antioxidants and vitamins. Furthermore, dates also have anti-inflammatory properties which can be beneficial to joints if you suffer from soreness after working out.