Healthy Alternative Snacks for Your Children


In this fast-paced world, it’s not uncommon for junk, unhealthy food to creep into children’s diet even under parental guidance. Parents always seem concerned about their child’s development and emphasize heavily on whole, nutrients-dense food. But with an overwhelming number of options present in front of them, parents fail to make the decision as to what’s right and what’s not right for their child’s care and health. But for healthy and clean living, a little planning and good parenting is all that’s required. In this article, we list some healthy food items for your child that can replace the unhealthy snacks your child always craves for. These are high in nutrients and are best for you and your family.

Oatmeal

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It is not only a super breakfast, but is a healthy snack option for kids. They are rich in soluble fiber and vitamins which aids in digestion and absorption of nutrients. To get the best flavors out of oats, mix it with milk and honey instead of plain water. Also you can skip the flavored packets which are usually loaded with a lot of sugar.

Fruit Smoothie

Fruit smoothies are an excellent way to full up your child with nutrients. There are numerous ways you can prepare a fruit smoothie with combination of vegetables, nuts, dried fruits etc.

Yogurt

Yogurt is an excellent clean living food for kids loaded with all essential minerals, vitamins, and protein. Yogurt also contains live bacteria which will aid the digestive system and help your child maintain a healthy lifestyle. You  can also make yogurt at home which will both be cost-effective and free from artificial sweeteners.

Boiled Eggs

You can boil eggs at once and then keep it refrigerated for a wholesome snack. Eggs contain myriad of vitamins and minerals including riboflavin, vitamin B12, and selenium. Eggs are recommended for proper child development.

Frozen Fruits

Nothing beats a healthy snack item for kids than a frozen fruit stick. It is both convenient and easy to make, and kids love it too because of their moderate sweetness level. You can try bananas, apples, berries, mangoes with dried fruits, milk, chocolate/vanilla extract etc for healthy and clean living.

Baked Potato Chips

Potato chips you purchase off-the-shelves are generally high in trans-fat, sodium, and artificial flavors. These are also highly addictive to children. But you can prepare healthier alternatives at home by simply baking them. If you can bake sweet potatoes, that’s even better for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Healthier Pizza

Pizza is quite addicting too and thus is considered bad for child care. Frozen or store-bought pizzas are high in saturated fat, carbs, and sodium. But you can prepare healthy version of pizza by using vegetable toppings, good-quality cheese, and whole-grain crust.

Whole-Grain Crackers

Whole grain is really the ingredient for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Instead of feeding store bought crackers/cookies to your child, you can bake them yourselves at home, that too from whole-grain ingredients. These version of crackers are considered better and healthier.

Sliced Apple With Peanut Butter Dip

Apple is really a superfood which is best for child care. Apple slices and peanut butter make up for some excellent combination that is healthy too. Apple is also essential for child development.

Popcorn

You may think of popcorns as a junk food, but they are actually prepared from whole corn grain which makes them suitable for child care food. But keep an eye for the toppings, they can make the popcorn unhealthy.

As you can see, it’s not that hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle for kids, it’s just need some replacement and adjustment. Rest will be done by the food itself. If you’re concerned about more clean living measures, you can get in touch with a child care specialist.

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