Children love all kinds of snacks, especially the sweet ones. Unfortunately, many snacks available in the stores are not the healthiest. Their composition almost always includes sugar (or glucose-fructose syrup) in the first place. They may contain hardened vegetable fats and do not provide anything valuable. Therefore, if you care about the health of your little ones, it is best to prepare such snacks yourself at home: from wholesome ingredients and with a minimum amount of sugar. Here is a list of healthy snacks for kids.
Homemade Snacks For Children
Muffins and cakes
Look for recipes for muffins and cakes based on oatmeal, nuts, fruit, and vegetables. They provide a lot of fiber, protein, healthy fat, and complex carbohydrates. So they are nutritious, and at the same time not too sweet, often sweetened with fruits alone!
Pancakes and waffles
Pancakes are another favorite option among kids. For example, banana-based pancakes on oatmeal. You can also find multiple recipes for sour pancakes and waffles with veggies, meat, and cheese.
Biscuits and cookies
Any cookies are also great. Especially if they are filled with nuts, dried fruit, and oatmeal!
You can make energy balls from literally all dried fruits, seeds, and nuts, which are great sources of fiber, fat, and protein. They are a healthy and delicious alternative to commercial granola bars and candies, high in sugar and artificial ingredients.
Oatmeal, rice, and granola
Oats are rich in soluble fiber, which increases the number of useful bacteria in the intestines and has multiple other health benefits. Prepare your porridge with whole-grain organic baby oatmeal. Add any ingredients your child likes. You can also make granola bars.
Fruits and smoothies
Any fruit is best served simply whole or in pieces, but sometimes you can try something different. Consider making a smoothie or giving your child fruit on skewers.
Popcorn is a nutritious whole-grain product. Bake it yourself, add a little butter and grated Parmesan cheese, and a healthy snack is ready.
Olives are rich in healthy fats and contain antioxidants that protect the body from harmful substances called free radicals.
Healthy Snacks From Stores
Of course, you can find healthy snacks in the stores, as well. However, you will have to carefully check the composition. Here are several options:
- fruit lollipops without added sugar;
- fruit and nut bars;
- fruit mousses and baby food in jars;
- bio crisps, cookies, or wafers;
- sugar-free jelly beans and soluble gums enriched with vitamins and minerals;
- freeze-dried fruit.
By taking care of the proper nutrition of your children from an early age, you have the opportunity to develop appropriate eating habits that will accompany them in their later life. Make sure to prepare healthy snacks for your child or look for healthy options available in stores.