Good health and nutrition is important for everybody, but it's especially important for kids. Not only does it play a key role in their mental state (sugar crash, anyone?), but it's vital to things like bone development, prevention of vitamin deficiencies, and instilling good eating habits for the future.
Unfortunately, it's not always easy to get kids to eat well. However, there are plenty of snacks that will keep both you -- and your child -- happy!
Check them out!
Fruit and Cheese Kabobs. Healthy and fun to eat! All you need are some skewers, pieces of cheese, and bites of fruit. Your kids will love eating anything on a stick -- and they'll be getting plenty of antioxidants and protein in the process.
Ants on a Log. It's a classic for a reason -- it's delicious. Just grab a couple sticks of celery, spread with peanut butter, and drizzle with raisins. Voila! And who doesn't love saying "ants on a log"?
Whole grain breads and cereals. With vitamins, calcium, and fiber, a bowl of enriched whole grain cereal is the perfect way to start the day. And a turkey sandwich on whole wheat is the perfect lunch!
Carrot sticks. Try swapping out potato chips for carrot sticks (or, better yet, carrot chips). They're just as crispy, a lot less salty.
Yogurt. Low-fat yogurts are a great source of calcium, and kids love the endless varieties and flavors. To up the nutritional value, try adding berries and/or granola. Yum!
Hummus. Instead of traditional "dips," try getting your kids to use hummus. It's made from pureed chickpeas, and is rich in folate, vitamin B6, and iron.
Smoothies. Because who doesn't like a smoothie? Get creative, have your kids helps out! All you need are your favorite fruits and a good imagination.
What other mom-friendly snacks do you give to your kids?
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