Getting your kids to eat healthy can seem impossible. The misconception of food being good for your must mean that it tastes bad and if food tastes good then it must be bad for you. Instead of letting your kids go to the pantry and grab some potato chips get them to grab the trail mix instead. It is no shock that our society is in a struggle with obesity. America is one of the fattest countries in the world. Our diets and lives are surrounded and advertised with unhealthy foods that make it difficult to make the healthy decisions needed. You as a parent need to think about how you can give your child a head start in life with healthy nutritional habits.
One of the hardest things to do is to get your children to eat is their fruits and veggies. Drowning those veggies in butter will not help however, nor is dressing the fruit with spoonfuls of sugar. Hopefully you have made the decision that healthy eating habits are best taught when the child is young. If not that’s ok it is never too late to become healthy. You are the parent, lead by example and make healthy recipes that your kids will want to eat and ask for. Not sure where to start do not worry we have made a list of tasty healthy snacks that your kids will love. Now if your child has food allergies some of these treats are not for them. If there is a peanut allergy you can try to substitute peanut butter for almond butter.
- Peanut Butter Balls – No baking required. Simply take ½ cup peanut butter, 1 cup of oats, ⅓ cup honey, 1tsp vanilla, (½ cup chocolate chips optional) mix ingredients and roll into bite sized balls and refrigerate (good for one week)
- Guacamole and Pita Chips. Better alternative to potato chips and processed dips.
- Cottage Cheese and Fruit
- Try veggies with hummus, it’s not just for adults
- Veggie Pinwheels- Take a tortilla, spread a thin layer of ranch dip and place thinly cut carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, any veggie you want. Roll up and cut into one inch bit sized wheels.
- Sliced Apples and Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip-¾ cup plain greek yogurt, 1Tbsp honey, 1 Tbsp natural peanut butter, ¼ tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp vanilla extract and mix.
- Trail Mix-1 oz dried bananas, 1 oz freeze-dried cranberries, 2 oz unsalted almonds, 2 cups popped fat-free kettle corn and mix
- Caramelized Bananas-2 ripe bananas, 2 Tbsp honey, dash of cinnamon, pinch of salt, and 2Tbsp coconut oil or grapeseed oil. Place oil in a pan on medium heat, slice bananas, add all other ingredients to the pan first then the bananas. Cook five minutes on each side.
- Baked Apple Chips- Slice 1-2 apples thinly and sprinkle with 1tsp of cinnamon. Baked at 200 degrees for an hour flip apples and baked 1-2 hours more.
The list could go on and on. Get creative and try to come up with recipes that your kids will love. Most of these recipes have 3-5 ingredients. So easy and you can make them ahead of time. Perfect for after school or anytime snacking. Get your kids started on the path to healthy living now.