When it comes to snacks, some parents prohibit their children from indulging in such because they are afraid their children would not eat their meals when it is time for their proper meals. What parents need to know is that snacks help their youngsters continue their daily activities. It helps children eat excessively, which usually happens to those children who are just waiting for their proper meals to eat. However, they must remember that too much of everything is bad and this is true of eating snacks. When serving snacks, serve only in small quantities.
For the parents, their most challenging task is to determine the good snacks from the bad. The bad snacks are those that contain a lot of saturated fat, sugar and sodium, such as packaged snack bakers and snack cakes, powdered sugar donuts, frozen snacks, chips, fast food chicken nuggets. These snacks are badly labeled by nutritionists, but they are the most appealing snacks for the kids. This is why parents give in to these snacks just to satisfy their children. This should not be. There are always alternatives to snacks and the following are good examples.
Fruits. Fruit is good and tasty, but frequent eating of fruit can carry the children. Once you have fruit, be sure to combine it with other interesting foods, such as pairing the fruits with cheddar cheese, sliced prosciutto and the like.
Fruit pops. These are very enticing especially for children. The ones in commercial stores are packed with sugar and preservatives, but you can always make your own to make sure it is healthy for your children.
Meatballs. Instead of using mayonnaise, use Greek-style yogurt instead. Yogurt is good for the immune system.
Mixed nuts. A good mix would be almonds, walnuts, cashews and pistachios. These nuts are packed with Vitamin E, Omega 3 fatty acids and fiber, folate, Vitamin K, lutein and potassium. Make sure your mixed nuts are sprinkled with a little salt and packed in attractive containers to entice your children.
Nachos and cheese. Instead of your usual nachos and cheese, mix it with vegan fried beans. It is also ideal to learn how to make tasty dips that your kids can love. When buying nachos from groceries, make sure you have checked their additives and salt content carefully.
Smoothies. Smoothies are making a buzz on the web these days because of its flavor and nutritional content. Make sure you take advantage of it, and to spice it up a bit, you can add almond or coconut milk.
Tuna sandwich. Tuna snacks are good too, but they get boring to eat, especially when the person who has this crunches it every day of the week. Try to make it more interesting by cutting minifish shapes from a rye bread.
Adding a twist to the usual snacks can make a whole world of difference, so it’s good to innovate especially for parents with kids who are picky eaters.