Every parent knows that undue amounts of sugar aren’t good for their little ones. Not only does it make them hyper and rot their teeth, but it has also been linked to depression and sadness in children. It’s impossible to keep all sweets away from your children, after all, kids are always hungry and they love snacks. Here you’ll find a few healthy snacks that moms can approve of–and kids will love–that you can give them and not have to worry about them bouncing off the walls when the snack is eaten.
Switch Your Sugar
Cakes, pies, cookies, and other sweets are par for the course for many families and you don’t want to have to cut them out of your children’s diet altogether. One way to give your kids the sweets they want but make it a little better for them is by using coconut sugar or another type of artificial sweetener instead. It’s a wholesome alternative to sugar that will make both you and the kids happy.
If you’re looking for a snack that is a good source of protein and calcium, then look no further than yogurt. Calcium is important for children’s bones to develop properly. Not only that, but some yogurts contain live bacteria, which helps your child’s digestive system to develop as well. However, it’s best to avoid the yogurts that are flavored, as they can be full of sugar. Instead, buy plain yogurt and mix fresh fruit in it or drizzle some honey on it for a snack. One important thing to note, however, is that it’s best not to give honey to children under 12 months of age as it can cause botulism.
Many parents consider popcorn to be junk food, when, in fact, it is a wholesome whole grain. The trick to keeping popcorn a healthy snack for kids is to avoid drowning it in butter and popcorn oils. Instead, air pop the corn, then drizzle it with a tiny bit of butter, then add a sprinkle of parmesan cheese to the mix and you have a snack that tastes amazing while also still being good for you at the same time. Make sure to keep an eye on young children when they are eating popcorn, as it can be a choking hazard.
Trail mix is a great snack and it contains more than one healthy food, giving your child many choices. As long as your child is not allergic to nuts, this is the perfect healthy alternative to chips and sweets. Most store-bought trail mixes have chocolate, however, so if you want to stay away from that extra sugar, you can make your own trail mix. It’s so simple to make: just mix nuts, dried fruit, and your child’s favorite whole-grain cereal for a tasty after-school snack that will hold them over until dinner.
What child doesn’t love cheese? It’s a great source of protein and calcium and tastes delicious as well. There are many different types of cheese to choose from, so your child will never get bored with a cheese snack.
These are just a few of the healthiest snacks out there to feed your children when you don’t want them to fill up on sugar. While it’s not a good idea to never let your child have sweets, you can limit the amount they do have for the sake of their health and your own peace of mind.
What are your family’s favorite healthy snacks?