Did you know that almost 14% of American children between the ages of 2 and 5 are obese?
Proper nourishment is necessary from the early years of childhood all throughout adolescence. But the obesity rates in the U.S indicate that millions of children are not developing properly.
Feeding your children 3 meals a day with nutritional foods is the foundation for a long, healthy life. But many parents forget about the snacks that they feed their children in between meals.
Luckily, there are tons of natural snacks that are rich in nutrition – and not only that. They taste delicious, too!
Here are 4 good snacks for kids every parent should have stocked and ready to serve!
1. Ants on a Log
This is one of the most versatile protein snacks for kids. Take a celery stick, spread some peanut butter down the concave center, and sprinkle raisins on top. Or, try one of these other variations…
Instead of raisins, for example, parents can swap in blueberries or dried cranberries. Or, they can fill the celery’s center with Greek yogurt cream cheese or guacamole.
With a guacamole center, parents can top it off with black beans or sliced cherry tomatoes. And with a cream cheese center, parents can slab on some cooked soybeans, nuts, or berries.
2. Veggies (or Fruit) & Dip
You can never go wrong with serving up carrot and celery sticks on their own. But even adults will agree that carrots and celery can be a bit on the bland side.
To jazz up snack time, serve up carrot and celery sticks with hummus. Made from chickpeas, hummus is a Mediterranean staple that can help lower cholesterol.
Still, not every child enjoys hummus. Luckily, there are lots of kid-friendly dips that parents can experiment with.
Take creamy spinach dip, for example. Instead of containing cheese, it’s made with yogurt and avocado instead.
Fruit on its own is always one of the best snacks for kids. But to make it more appealing, serve up sliced fruit with a nutty fruit dip! The healthiest kind contains Greek yogurt, a bit of peanut butter, and a dash of honey.
3. Homemade Granola
Granola is a fibrous snack that kids can enjoy mid-morning, late afternoon, or as a dessert. Unfortunately, most packaged granola contains high amounts of sugar and other additives.
Parents can ward off sugar and processed ingredients by making granola themselves. And it’s actually easier than you may think.
You’ll need old-fashioned rolled oats as your base. Sliced almonds are a classic choice, but feel free to include any other nuts, dried fruits, and seeds.
Then, combine the oat medley with some honey and melted coconut oil. Bake at around 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes (or until toasty brown) – and voila! This filling snack pairs well with protein-packed Greek yogurt and fresh fruit.
4. Deli Meat Roll-ups
A meaty sandwich may seem like a good way to pack in the protein for youngsters. But what if you want a low carb alternative?
Deli roll-ups are great protein snacks for kids. And you won’t even need bread!
Choose a low-sodium deli meat like turkey or chicken breast, ham, or bologna. Lay down 1-2 slices flat on top of each other.
Next, top off the slices with a concoction of vegetables, like sliced peppers or cucumbers. You can also add avocado – sliced or mashed.
Afterward, grab one end of the deli slices and roll them up, containing the vegetables inside. Keep the roll-up together using a toothpick – and you can even add a cherry tomato in between.
Enjoy Natural Snacks with Your Kids
Packaged snacks marketed as “healthy” are not always cost-effective. Nor are they as nutritious and natural as they’re sometimes made out to be.
These four natural snacks are not only low-cost and easy to make. They’re guaranteed to nourish your children without all the extra unnatural ingredients.
For more tips and ideas on how to keep your family healthy, visit our nutrition blog today!