Many mothers feel it is a big task to make snacks for their kids. These snacks need to be nutritious, healthy and attractive. In this article I will share some healthy snack ideas for children.
It is admittedly not easy to get a good balance of health, visual appeal, and taste when it comes to satisfying children. Adults may listen to advice on healthy foods, but hungry children are not likely to listen to wisdom. They care least about calories and. So how can a parent make a nine year old eat some celery when he or she wants fries? You can make the celery attractive. What you can try is to make a dip with some paprika, low fat cheese, and a spoonful of garlic powder (or flakes). Then carrot sticks, green beans, broccoli, and zucchini can be consumed quite easily. Youngsters often refuse to take fresh fruits. You can make this an attractive proposition by making them into smoothies coupled with flavored yoghurt.
Fresh fruits are tastier when accompanied by dips. Make a dip by blending cinnamon powder, cottage cheese and skimmed milk. A banana fritter or a caramelized banana will be a good choice with the dip. You can chill the dip before serving, and then it tastes excellent when consumed with crisp hot banana fritters.
You will want to allow your kid to make choices in the food he or she eats. A good recipe exhibiting this freedom is a layered delight. The base will be a slice of whole grain bread, a tortilla, or a naan roti. Then you have more choices on what you spread on it. The spreading can be low fat cream, cheese or some olive oil. You can also choose between hung curd made from yoghurt and mashed cottage cheese. Above this layer, add some fresh lettuce. Then comes a choice between turkey mince mixed with tossed green beans with raisins, and smoked diced chicken to be spread onto the lettuce. The whole snack can be rolled up and will make a whole meal. You can let your child name it. But try not to use fatty cheese spreading, white bread base, or red meat. Tortillas are very popular with kids, when they have been cut into small triangles. They are easy to digest.
You can also make a tomato stick snack. Use whole wheat bread. Cut the wheat bread into roughly inch squared fingers; brush them with some tomato ketchup and olive oil. Dust them with little oregano, and then bake them lightly until they turn crispy. You can refrigerate these sticks after they cool down. They can then be heated in the microwave just before feeding time.
For older children, soya nuts can be used for a snack rather than greasy nuts. Roasted soy nuts, walnuts, dates, raisins and almonds make an excellent snack choice without having to worry about fat and calories.
The bottom line to your kids’ snack choices is to stay fit. Success comes with a combination of creativity and imagination.