Kids often get hungry between meals because of their daily activities, and snack time is an excellent opportunity to sneak in some nutrients into your child’s food regime. Many packaged snacks that can be found in the grocery stores can be unhealthy because it is packed with sugar. While the occasional sugar snack is probably no big deal, giving them to your kids in high amounts is not suitable for the teeth and may cause dental problems.
Instead of offering highly processed snacks to your child, fill their belly with whole foods that will provide energy, nutrition, and good for the teeth. Whether you are heading out for a road trip, vacation, or a day out of the house, these healthy snacks will help your child full and happy.
- Plain Yogurt
Yogurt is an excellent snack for kids as it is a good source of protein and calcium, and calcium is an essential nutrient for their developing bones. More so, yogurts are filled with live bacteria that are beneficial for the digestive system. You can choose to sweeten this by adding your child’s favorite fruit.
- Celery and Peanut Butter
Celery with peanut butter is one way to make your child eat vegetables. Cut a stalk of celery into three or four pieces and spread the peanut butter inside. These foods provide the right balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat. Make sure to use peanut butter without added sugar or vegetable oils.
Dietary fat is vital for supporting the growth of children. Nuts are a good source of dietary fat along with fiber and antioxidants. Meanwhile, some doctors withhold giving nuts as it can cause allergy to some children. Recent studies show that introducing nuts at an early age can lower the risk of developing an allergic reaction.
- Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese is a fresh and creamy cheese that is soft enough to eat even for infants. It is rich in protein and a great source of selenium, vitamin B12, and calcium. Vitamin B12 is right for their young bodies as it essential for proper growth and brain development. Serve cottage cheese by itself or topping it on bread or crackers or mixing it with fresh fruit.
- Veggie Pita Pocket
Vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals, and many kids do not eat enough of them. Though it can be a challenge to give it to your kids, try the fun way by spreading hummus in a whole wheat pita pocket and put the carrots, cucumber, lettuce, and bell peppers inside. Let your child pick a few veggies and fill the pita.
Talk to your kids about the importance of a healthy diet. Regardless of the food that they eat, please have your child brush his or her teeth twice a day for at least two minutes. Help him floss between teeth daily as well. Kids eight years and older can use a mouthwash that is specifically made for children and does not contain alcohol.
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