Who doesn’t love the salty, crispy goodness of potato chips? Most kids love this classic snack! However (and quite unfortunately!), popping open a bag of potato chips is not the healthiest choice, so nutrition-conscious parents are finding an alternative that their kids will love.
Granola bars are a snacker-on-the-go’s dream come true. A deliciously healthy snack (depending on what’s in it, of course! M&Ms are, unfortunately, not considered healthy), granola bars are a must have in every pantry! They are a great replacement for sugary snacks that kids tend to gravitate to and make for a great way to sneak some fruit into your child’s snack.
New reports have been popping up all over news sites and papers: staggering statistics showing that 3 out of every 4 children consume caffeine on a daily basis. They get it from sodas, energy drinks, chocolate… and although your child may not be knocking back cups of joe, they are getting that dose of caffeine most adults claim they cannot start their days without.
Why does this have medical professionals worried?
Most kids seem to come home from school, drop their packs in the doorway and make a straight dash for the kitchen. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! After-school snacks are great, but what is important is having healthy snacks that won’t fill your kids up too much before dinner.
Here are some tips and things to keep in mind when you want your child to start snacking smart!
I remember being a kid sitting at the family table. Dinner had been freshly laid out in front of me, lovingly and expertly cooked by my mother. And yet, despite her hard work and (judging by my father’s full plate) delicious results, there I sat, pushing around my vegetables with my fork to try and make it look as though I had enthusiastically devoured them.
Kids will always be kids, and plenty are still doing this today!
Being a parent with a picky eater can be frustrating at times; when the veggies go untouched and nothing healthy seems to get their appetite going, you may start to run out of recipes (and your own hair to pull out). But don’t fret! Having a child who simply refuses to eat their vegetables is not the end of the world.
Try out some of these delicious recipes to see if you can sneak vegetables into your picky child’s diet!
Let’s face it: no matter how many times we’re told french fries are bad for us, the fact remains that they are deliciously addicting. Kids are especially fond of the salty side-dish, but when you get right to it these treats are certainly not the healthiest choice.
Luckily, there’s a delicious replacement that not only packs a punch of flavor, but is also filled with nutrients. Sweet potatoes (not to be confused with yams, which are not nearly as nutritional) have a low glycemic index and are a wonderful source of vitamins A, B6 and C. But that’s not all! Potassium (great for those of you who aren’t crazy about bananas), fiber, manganese, copper and iron are all found in just one sweet potato.
Sweet potato fries are a personal favorite of mine–I make them at home as often as I can! Here is a great oven-baked recipe that the entire family will love…!