Favorite Healthy Snacks for Your Kiddos
Have you surrendered searching for nutritious snacks that your children will love? The fact is the quality of school lunch directly affects your child’s school performance, and many parents overlook this information. It is hard to focus and retain information if the body is lacking the proper combination of nutrients. We all know that kids are so picky with their snacks, but they will definitely love yogurt, berries, bananas, peanut butter, and watermelon if they see it included in their lunch box.
Yogurt is full of important nutrients that your child needs to be healthy including calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium. The popular ingredient of yogurt are probiotics that help in regulating the digestive system. One of the most common ways in consuming healthy bacteria that is healthy for the gut is through probiotics, which are effective in decreasing diarrhea, gas, bloating, and constipation. As compared to milk (with 100 mg per eight ounces), an eight-ounce of low-fat plain yogurt contains 400mg of calcium. Yogurt can be made from homemade fruit pops or salad dressing that your kids will love. Try making multiple layered yogurt dip or fruit and yogurt almond tart that your kids will definitely enjoy. Berries are kids’ favorite because there are not only delicious but also full of nutritional goodness. Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries contain vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants. Berries can be served freeze-dried or poured into oatmeals or yogurt. Berries help in fighting off sugar cravings so your kids can stay away from unhealthy foods. Bananas have becomes a favorite treat for children ever since the release of Minion and Despicable Me movies. Bananas are not just good sources of potassium but also prebiotics, helping the body in proper nutrient absorption. It can be mixed with veggies and yogurt too!
A tablespoon of peanut butter contains protein, magnesium, and vitamins which are important for energy, a great addition to your kid’s lunchbox. Opt for natural peanut butter than processed peanut butter since natural ones have less sugar. Watermelon is the official fruit treat for summer, and a great treat for school, that is high in antioxidants, amino acids, vitamin C and vitamin A. Parents need to ensure that their children consume healthy foods, and learn their needs and wants. Parents should be creative and patient when preparing food meals for their lunch box. Despite of your busy schedule, find time to read online blogs about parenting and good nutrition. Talk to your child and play with them because these are the memories they will bring with them as they grow.