10 Healthy Snacks for Kids
Now that the halcyon days of summer are waning, it’s time to start weaning our children off of hot dogs, chips, and marshmallows. Here are 10 healthy snacks that will satisfy even the pickiest of palates!
1. Fresh Fruit - attempt to get past just apples, bananas or oranges. Try dipping an apple in natural nut butter, or make mini fruit kabobs by sliding sliced bananas and grapes onto pretzel sticks, or create a yogurt parfait by layering organic honey flavored yogurt( we love greek style) with some freshly diced fruit, such as peaches, apricots or a mix of berries.
2. Frozen Fruit - grapes, blueberries, diced strawberries and raspberries freeze well. Make a fruit salad from as many berries as you can for a frozen treat packed with antioxidants and vitamins such as B and C and potassium.
3. Jerky. Minimally processed jerky such as Krave or Trader Joe’s brand. With classic flavors such as hickory and the more adventurous flavor of chipotle lime, jerky is a quick and convenient source of savory protein that can be eaten anywhere. The varieties of jerky have come quite a distance in recent years. Trader Joe’s carries salmon, turkey, and buffalo as well as the traditional beef!
4. Real Fruit Leather / Roll-Ups. A quick, delicious and convenient way for extra servings of fruit. Whether you choose a dried fruit bar, or a classic fruit roll up, make sure that the only ingredients are fruit puree and water for a nutritious vitamin and fiber packed pick me up anytime during the day.
5. Freeze Dried Fruit. The up and coming brand Isofrut has a wonderful assortment of freeze dried fruit, packaged in snack sized portions. Picked and preserved in its peak, with varieties such as fruit salad, or grapes and pineapple to name a few. The shelf stability makes Isofrut’s product a convenient choice that delivers a nutritional punch without spoilage when you are on the go!
6.Real Fruit Popsicles. Look for varieties that have little to no added sugar, just fruit and water. We have recenly enjoyed such flavors as pomegranate, coconut and carribean fruit. Look for Paletas in the freezer section of your favorite store. If you are fortunate to live in an area rich with hispanic influence, fresh paletas can’t be beat! You can even make your own by including natural fruit juice and fruit puree and freezing in popsicle molds. This is a great way to ensure your family is getting pure wholesome foods- when you control the ingredients!
7. Hummus and Veggies. Sabra and other brands make individual servings of hummus that easily make a serving size for little hands. Pair them with sliced cucumbers and carrot and celery sticks for a high fiber, crunchy and satisfying snack.
8. Smoothies. There are endless possibilities for smoothies. From using nut or soy milks with peanut butter and cocoa powder, to yogurt and berries to fruit and veggie green drinks. Add ins such as flax or chia seeds boost the fiber and nutritional index by adding omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and lignins. Invest in a high quality blender such as a Blentec or Vitamix, and you will become a smoothie convert!
9. Puree / Applesauce. Applesauce and fruit puree have come a long way since I was a kid—with the invention of the squeeze tube, it couldn’t be easier to pack a fruit puree packet in your purse or diaper bag for an easy snack in between meals. Use that high quality blender you just purchased to make your own at home now!
10. Popcorn. For convenience choose a high quality organic microwave popcorn such as Newman’s Own or make your own- mix ½ cup of popcorn kernels in a bowl with a tablespoon of oil and ½ teaspoon of salt. Place coated kernels in a brown lunch sack and microwave on high bewtween 2 ½ and 3 minutes until the popping slows to around 2 seconds in between pops.
With all of these delicious and healthy options, who needs hotdogs and chips anymore?Bon Appetit!