Taking care of the nutritional needs of kids with healthy snacks contributes to their overall physical and mental well-being. Offering them a variety of nutritious options is essential for supporting their growth and development.
It’s a common thing in my house for my child to come home after playtime and ask for snacks, as she is tired and hungry. Offering a snack that’s not so appealing to her worsens her mood, but as we know, it won’t be correct to offer kids junk food after playtime every day, as they need nutrients and energy, and not just flavors and taste.
Easy to make healthy snack
I’m sure that most of the busy moms out there are looking for ideas to make appealing and healthy snacks for their little ones, so they grow healthy and happy. Here are some healthy snacks that are on my mind which are tasty as well as nutritious, and are great for kids who look for visually appealing snacks.
1. Plain yogurt with added fresh-cut fruit
Combining the intake of yogurt and fruit could provide probiotics, prebiotics, high-quality protein, important fatty acids, and a mixture of vitamins and minerals.
2. Buttered or seasoned sweetcorn
Sweet corn is a tasty treat packed with B vitamins, including niacin and thiamine.
3. Mixed-cut fresh fruits
Mixed-cut fruits are filled with antioxidants, anti-inflammatory elements as well as immunity-boosting properties.
4. Roasted potato
They’re a good source of carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fiber.
5. Egg/Chicken/Veg/Paneer sandwich
Making a sandwich with the key ingredients above, there are many potential health benefits. The complex carbohydrates, proteins, B vitamins, and fiber can provide fuel, help with energy metabolism, and promote gut health.
6. Homemade trail mix with mixed nuts, dry fruits, and whole-grain cereal
7. Grilled Indian cottage cheese/Paneer
Paneer is a rich source of protein, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. It strengthens teeth and bones and boosts immunity.
8. Fruit smoothie
Fruit smoothies are rich in nutrients, that contribute to healthy skin, better gut health, and a stronger immune system.
9. Hard-boiled eggs
Vitamin D, zinc, iron, calcium, protein, and vitamin B are abundant in hard-boiled eggs. They keep you filled with nutrients and fuelled for any activity.
10. Hummus with pita bread
Hummus is a source of fiber, along with vitamins and minerals like manganese, copper, folate, and iron. It is a great source of plant-based protein. Whole grain pita bread with whole wheat flour can be a good source of whole grains, which are rich in fiber and essential nutrients
Ensure that the snack you give your child is filling and nutritious. You may pair up different healthy snacks from the list if your child likes variety or if a single snack isn’t filling. Healthy snacks keep kids fuelled and keep them from getting overly hungry and cranky after play. They also help in avoiding frequent cravings for junk food that’s poor in nutrition.
In this video, you’ll find a variety of healthy snack box combinations for kids, that are nutritious and balanced.
Do share your ideas for kid-friendly healthy snacks in the comments.