As a car requires gasoline to run, in the similar fashion our bodies need appropriate nutrition to function optimally, especially if it is growing and developing fast. If you keep on adding only junk food to the growing bodies, sooner or later they will become damaged and overweight. For good health, you must have 3 meals along with 2 healthy snacks every day.
Snacking is essential for children because their tummies fill up fast and they burn energy quick as well. When given between the meals, these supply the required nutrients to their growing bodies. Younger children require a morning and afternoon snack. The grown-up school-aged youngsters do not have the choice to snack between the breakfast and lunch, but they can enjoy a bigger snack after school. It is great if they are offered a vegetable or fruit as the key snack along with some whole grain, milk, or protein.
So, here are 5 easy to make and healthy snacks that your kids can munch on:
Baked Sweet Potato Fries
These soft, delicious sweet potato fries are healthier than regular fried French fries.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Makes: 6 Servings
Serving size: 4 or 5 wedges
- 4 small sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
- Preheat the oven to 425°F. Slice the sweet potatoes in half along the length, and put them flat side down on a cutting board.
- Now slice the potato halves into 1-inch-wide wedges.
- Take a small bowl; add oil, chili powder and 1 teaspoon salt to it. Lay the potatoes on a roasting pan and brush with the oil blend.
- Place the potatoes flesh side down on the pan and set the pan in the oven.
- Bake until potatoes turn soft. Take the pan out of the oven and season with the teaspoon salt. Serve hot.
Sweet potato French fries make for a mouth-watering treat, providing a substitute for traditional potato French fries. Deep-fried sweet potato fries are associated with their nutritional drawbacks. So, make baked sweet potato fries at home and provide health benefits to your kids.
Easy Cheese Crackers Recipe
Here is an easy recipe for homemade cheese crackers. Kids will love these.
- 1 and 1/2 cups (about 4 oz.) grated cheese
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter softened and cut into 4 pieces
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- dash of cayenne pepper
- 1 Tbsp milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix the cheese, butter, flour, salt and cayenne pepper till the mixture appears like pea-size crumbs.
- Pour milk and form the dough into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough.
- Take a pointed knife and cut the dough into your preferred shapes or use some mini cookie cutters.
- Softly move the crackers to an ungreased cookie sheet with some space between them.
- Make the crackers about the equal size to cook them uniformly.
- Now bake the crackers on the middle rack for till their edges turn golden.
- Take these out of the oven and serve your kids.
- You can keep these in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
You can also make whole-grain crackers as these provide fiber which is beneficial for your kid’s health. Cheese crackers provide your kids the adequate calcium and phosphorus, which are essential for their growth.
Carrots with Peanut Dipping Sauce
Trying to crack the peanut butter and jelly inclination in the under-12 age is no big deal, but this super tasty peanut-sesame dip trick just does wonders for your kids. It’s just as good when prepared with carrots or tossed with cold noodles.
- 3 tablespoons of peanut butter
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- A splash of soy sauce
- A few drops of sesame oil
- Water to smooth
- Carrot sticks
- Mix up everything but whip the carrot sticks together with a fork in a separate bowl. Add water as required to make the mixture thin taking into account the dipping consistency.
- You can involve your kids for help. Let them scrape the carrots and stir the ingredients.
- Give them to eat. They will just love it.
Plus Tip: Keep the carrot sticks in water to keep them crunchy and juicy
So, give this recipe a try and we bet your kids will love it. The carrots here add a pleasant sweetness and crispness to the peanut butter.
Homemade Potato Chips
If you still ask your kids not to have potato chips, it’s perhaps because you now that you could make them in your microwave without a drop of grease. Yes! Here we go!
- One potato sliced paper thin
- Salt (optional)
- Parchment paper
- Cut a sheet of parchment paper to top a plate.
- Place discs of potato in a horizontal layer without touching each other.
- Spray the layer with salt, if required.
- Now cover it with another sheet of parchment paper. Place it in the microwave for 5-6 minutes.
- You will notice browned potato chips.
- You can also engage your kids by asking them to cut the paper to shape and lay out slices of potato.
Extras: You can also season the potato chips with some salt, paprika, garlic or onion powder.
Choosing oven-baked chips over deep-fried chips demonstrates a healthy life choice, and the chips also supply your body with the valuable nutrients.
Peanut Butter Cookies
Your kids might be too little to discover the damage that creaming butter and baking soda can cause to their health, but this doesn’t indicate that kids can’t have at least one recipe that they can label to be their own. This recipe is very easy to master.
- 1 cup smooth or chunky peanut butter
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl.
- Create small balls and place them on an ungreased baking sheet.
- Bake for around 10 minutes at 400 degrees F. Let it cool down.
- The peanut butter cookies are ready to be served.
Extras: You can dot each cookie with a chocolate chip or two if your kid loves chocolates.
As these cookies contain less sugar, they are safe for anyone on a gluten-free diet.
Thus, appropriate nutrition is vital as kids grow, and their snack time should be just as healthy and appetizing as breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Rather than preferring something packaged and processed, you as parents can make the best of this opportunity by preparing healthy and yummy snacks that will keep your kids and their tummies happy and full.