It can be difficult to get kids to eat healthy, especially with vast choices of junk food and fast food at our fingertips. It’s tempting to give in and let your kids indulge on a bag of chips, candy, or a super-sized fries from burger world. However, these kinds of habits can lead to a lifelong struggle with healthy eating. The best approach is to encourage your kiddos to eat snacks that are rich in nutrition but also taste good. Here are some easy snacks for your kids that are healthy, taste great, and will help hold them over in between meals.
Whole Grain Cereal
Whole grains are essential to your kids diets. Depending on their gender and age, it’s recommended that kids and teens get 3-7 servings of whole grains daily. Whole grain cereal is a great source of fiber and vitamins and is a snack you can have a little fun with. Kids can eat cereal plain, with skim milk, or mix it up and create no bake homemade cereal bars with whole grain cereal and your choice of a flavored nut butter.
The different kinds of veggie combinations in smoothies are endless. Add plain yogurt to give your kids smoothie a smooth texture and sneak in carrots, cucumbers, or kale. Lemon or a few berries added to your smoothie are a great way to cover up the taste of veggies if they refuse to eat anything that grows from the ground. They’ll have a great tasting snack with a great source of vitamins, fiber, and keep them full in between meals.
When using cucumbers, apples, or anything with skin, except lemon, keep the skin on and use a high powered blender. Skin on veggies have important fiber and nutrients for your kid’s diet. For an inexpensive blender that is great for grinding up fruits and veggies, try a Ninja Blender.
It’s also important to choose a plain, low sugar yogurt. Flavored yogurts typically contain a large amount of sugar. Be sure to read labels carefully and use in moderation.
Low Sugar Flavored Nut Butter
A quick, low carb snack that will keep your kids and teens fueled between meals. They’re full of important nutrients and healthy fats your kids body needs to stay active. Choose a low sugar nut butter that doesn’t have any artificial flavors or chemicals.
Peanut Butter Cup Nut Butter is a great way to let your kids indulge in they’re favorite candy, while getting a snack that is good for them. For kiddos with peanut allergies, Pecan Pie Almond Nut Butter, and Blueberry Cinnamon Bun Cashew Butter are perfect to spread on a piece of stone ground whole wheat toast or eat it by the spoonful.
Baked Kale Chips
Kale is considered a superfood, loaded with key nutrients for healthy bones, skin, and a great digestive system. Incorporating kale into your diet on a regular basis can reduce your risk of heart disease as well. For the kiddos, kale chips are easy and fun to make and taste great. Lightly drizzle coconut oil and a pinch of kosher and bake for 20 minutes or until they’re crispy. You’re kids will have a low calorie, low carb superfood snack to munch on instead of potato chips.
Seasoned Nut Snacks
Nuts have endless benefits for a healthy diet. Nuts are a good source of healthy fat, fiber, and vitamin E, and they’re one of the best snacks for kids and tweens. A handful of nuts everyday can help keep them full between meals, provide a balanced diet, and help them stay away from junk food.
Seasoned nuts shouldn’t have any added sugar and be lower in sodium. Seasoned almonds like Tangy Ranch, Cheddar Bacon, and Buffalo Blue are tasty ways to incorporate junk food taste into your kid’s diet without extra chemical or unnecessary ingredients. For kids, tweens, and teens with a more adventurous palate, chop up Wasabi Soy Sauce Macadamia Nuts and use them in side salad.
Raising a Healthier Generation
When it’s snack time, make sure to help your kids and teens choose healthier options that will not only keep them full between meals, but will help them develop better eating habits for the future. Legendary Foods is committed to providing snacks that taste like junk food but are made from ingredients found in nature and help to improve human health. Try one of our flavored nut butters or a bag of our seasoned nuts for your kids next snacktime.