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Niche Topics (Pregnancy and Kids) is all about practical parenting advice and parenting
skills to help you deal with common parenting challenges from toddlerhood to teen
years. You’ll find tons of healthy food ideas and easy-to-make kids meals, fun activity
ideas and creative crafts projects that kids love to do and play!
I've to be very honest here, I bribe my kids with snacks. But when I bribe, I make
sure it's real food that they're getting and not something they grab from the candy
store. Most store bought snacks offers very little nutrition, they're usually high
in sugar, sodium, and fats. Anything that is high in fructose corn syrup will send
your kid's blood sugar on a roller coaster ride and they are very unhealthy for growing
Quick and Easy Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids
For a new twist to boring air-popped popcorn, heat 2 tablespoons butter in a pan
on low heated until melted, add ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (ground), 1 tablespoon brown
sugar and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract. Give it a stir for for about a minute or until
well blended. Then drizzle over popcorn, and toss well.
Here's one for all little pizza-lovers. Slice an English muffin into half, spread
some pizza sauce on the bottom, sprinkle shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese over
it and cover with the top half. Pop it in the toaster oven for a few minutes until
the cheese melts. Voila, pizza in minutes! And, cheese is a good source of protein
and helps to keep little tummies full until dinnertime.
Kids love dips. Give them raw carrot sticks, celery sticks,cucumbers slices, or cherry
tomatoes and they'll be munching happily without even realizing that they're eating
vegetables! Make your own ranch dip with low-fat plain Greek-style yogurt and ranch
seasonings. Low-fat yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, and essential for building
strong healthy bones. For variation, you can offer kids graham cracker sticks.
Fruit kabobs are super easy to create, and are great quick treats for summer. Simply
cut up your kid's favorite fruit (such as apples, strawberries, pears) and thread
them on a skewer. Fruits contain vitamins and minerals necessary for good health.
Forget about sugar-laden ice cream, make banana popsicles instead! Cut a peeled banana
into half, width-wise, and push a popsicle stick through the cut end of each half.
Spread some peanut butter on, and then roll the bananas in the granola, nuts, or
seeds. When you're done with that, wrap them individually in waxed paper and freeze
for about 2 to 3 hours. Or, make your own with real fruit juice. Those you buy from
the supermarket are nothing more than water, sugar and colorings.
Kids can't resist sweet and crunchy stuff. You can get them to make their own after
school snack mix with whole-wheat pretzels, wheat Chex, raisins, banana chips, chocolate
chips, popcorn, and walnuts.
Tell me which kid can resist peanut butter? Cut up an apple (granny smith is great)
into bite-size slices, dip in peanut butter and then granola – fiber with a crunch,
And, there're more easy to make quick snacks – dried fruits, hard-boiled egg, baked
beans, rice cakes, pancakes, pumpkin or tomato soup, baked potato, peanut butter
sandwich, cheese sandwich, homemade granola bars, oatmeal, waffle cones – gosh, the
list is endless!
Remember, it's wise always to select snacks from a variety of food groups, and kids
these days love novelty. If you give them the same kids snacks over and over again,
they're likely to get bored and beg for unhealthy snacks. Teaching and getting your
kids to eat healthy now will influence their food choices in future so you gotta
start them young!
Is your toddler stuck in a food jag and won't eat meat? Find out how you can get
your super picky eater to try new foods and receive the essential nutrients to support
overall mental and physical development.
If your child won't drink milk no matter what you do, use these ideas to encourage
milk consumption and ensure adequate calcium intake. Learn what are good non-milk
calcium food sources to offer, if your kids simply hate milk.
If you're wondering what is good to eat with raisins, but eating them straight out
of the box doesn't appeal to you, then get inspired with these interesting recipes,
and start enjoying the health benefits of raisins in your everyday meals.