Munching Time – Best Healthy Snacks for Kids
My Love for good food is never hidden, I enjoy food be it at home or outside. Yes, I am guilty of being a Foodie! Grew up tasting some beautiful & humble dishes + generous portions. Yes, who doesn’t acknowledge the Punjabi hospitality?
Well before I further dwell more on love for food, let’s talk about healthy lifestyle and food. It keeps us going, make us healthy, fit, provides much-needed energy or can do the exactly the adverse – Choice is ours. You ask a mother what concern’s her the most – her first response will be – kid’s eating habits. Researchers believe due to unhealthy eating habits in kids – ailments like obesity, hypertension, diabetes is very common in children.
One such distraught mom told me once – “See how weak my Golu looks, doesn’t eat anything that I make at home“. However, Golu looks perfectly fine, in fact, a little over chubby. Another friend once mentioned how her child is too much into sweets, like cakes, candies, chocolates. These all account for unhealthy eating lifestyle.
Best Healthy Snacks for Kids to beat untimely hunger
There are plenty of healthy snacking options for untimely hunger pangs and also keeps you lite on the tummy. (Please don’t torcher those poor intestines). Sharing few of the easy healthy snacks we can give to kids.
1. Salads or Raw Veggies – serves as best healthy snacks option
My young lady loves munching on veggie sticks, I have been giving her since teething time. Celery, carrot, cucumber sticks or even tomato wedges. I give her couple of these healthy powerhouse sticks 30 minutes before mealtime. She enjoys having her easy yummy snacks over chattering about her day at school. This helps me in feeding her goodness of raw veggies and also keeping her engaged in healthy conversation.
2. Nuts of Life – Eating Healthy
Nuts are very important for health and are easy to digest. Packed with the nutritional goodness of Vitamins, Minerals, Energy, Anti-oxidants & Omega 3 fatty acids. You just have to give them a handful of these power-packed nuts. She likes them little roasted or with raisins. Another healthy option to kill the hunger & add nutritional value to kids lifestyle.
3. Oats and Veggies – best healthy foods
We love to have cutlets in breakfast, she and her Dad are fan of homemade veggie cutlets. At times I also pack these for her tiffins. Recently I tried cutlets with oats and puffed rice, it turned out crispier than usual and tastier too. A delicious healthy recipe made with boiled veggies and sauteed to perfection, or can be baked too.
Another dish with oats and veggies is porridge, we love it and make this quite often. In fact, she has been eating vegetable and oats porridge since got her pearly whites. Preparing healthy and delicious baby food is very easy, check out Baby Brezza on thinkbaby.
4. Fruits for Life
I love the fact that we live in a country with varied tastes, regions and seasons. All have their own specialties- like the onset of summers bring citrus happiness in abundance in Oranges. Ratnagiri’s famous Mangoes – Alphanso. Apple from the high mountains. We get the immense variety of fruits and I made a habit to have a seasonal taste at home for snacking. A special rule to it – NO unseasonal fruit is allowed at home – that means artificially riped.
5. Homemade Snacks for binging
They say ‘do as the Romans do, when in Rome‘; so how can we leave the temptation of farsaan (local deep-fried snacks) when in Mumbai. Make them healthy, and at home (if possible). A huge variety in healthy baked/roasted munchies is also available in the market. I usually prepare them at home, by replacing few ingredients into whole wheat grains and by baking. Tea time seems incomplete without ‘methi thepla’ (thin fenu-greek flatbread) or suji toasts (semolina rusk).
These are few of my favorite snacking options at home. I also give her plenty of protein via eggs, the richness of cheese and curd smoothies on odd even days. This keeps the mundane out of eating and we enjoy our palate. Hope you like these healthy options of snacking, do share yours in the comments below. Healthy can be tasty too, like Cookies and Cream.
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