dofol1285 (dofol1285) wrote in darlingdomestic,

Making Snack Time Healthy

Now days, more than ever kids should be eating healthier. For millions of kids in America consuming junk food and increased inactivity has contributed to obesity and an increasing number of kids being above normal weight. Not only is it important to teach your child which snacks they should eat, but educating them during the early, formidable years may help them sidestep obesity and becoming overweight in the future when they are adults. Here are some tips on yummy healthy snacks for kids.

One way for your kids to enjoy healthy snacks is to get them started on naturally sweet foods. Since most kids crave sweets for snacks, naturally sweet foods such as fruits are ideal. Encourage them to enjoy a banana, orange, apple, cherries, strawberries and other berries whenever they have a sweet tooth. You can mix in yogurt or even make a fruit smoothie for them with some milk and a drop of chocolate or other natural flavors.

Another great way for your kids to enjoy healthy snacks is to give them fresh nuts. Children love peanuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, etc. One of the things to recognize about kids is that if they try enough types of natural and healthy snacks, they will find one that they enjoy. The problem is that many times parents give up trying to find the snacks that their kids like and settle for popular junk foods instead.

When choosing a healthy snack, what you want to avoid are products containing lots of sugars, unneeded preservatives and empty calories. While most kids will fight you tooth and nail if you make them eat wheat germ and tofu, most kids will be more than happy to eat snacks if they have a sweet taste and are presented in the right way.

Other healthy snacks that many children appreciate are dry cereals. For instance, there are many breakfast cereals that are prepared from corn, wheat, bran and include nuts and honey. These cereals when consumed at breakfast usually include milk; however, you can easily serve them without milk to your children. One of the most common dry cereals which are healthy and nutritious for your child at almost any age is Cheerios. Cheerios are lightly sweetened and yummy either moistened with milk or dry. If your child requests a delicious snack for lunch or to take along for camp or little league, dry cereal is not only healthy, but delicious.

For those children that are incredibly picky and only want junk food, one strategy to use in order to get your child to eat nutritious snacks is to buy prepared natural snacks. Today, there are many packaged snacks that may look like junk food, but are actually healthy and nutritious for your child. They include certain fruit roll ups, string cheese and granola bars. Many of these snacks resemble junk food, but are actually made from natural ingredients and include relatively little sugar and empty calories. If you are searching for a great way for your child to remain healthy, try the previously mentioned tips on healthy snacks for kids.

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