Healthy food = healthy children. As a parent, keeping your children well is priority number one. You want them to grow and become strong, successful, happy little humans. You want them to thrive. This is no easy task and no one can really prepare you for what that entails. But, what we do know for sure is kids need to eat and habits begin at a young age. As parents, it is up to you to instill good eating habits in your children. No pressure! I know I struggle to make quality food decisions at times. If you have healthy snacks prepared, you will be more likely to eat them, especially if they are readily available. Here are some ideas to make it easier on you busy moms and dads.
Start by getting your kids involved in the kitchen. They will feel empowered to make their own snacks and also learn how to choose the right foods. Plus, as they get older, they will know how to make food for themselves. You want them to know the basics so when they are ready to leave the nest, they have the tools they need to make their own food and wholesome food choices. When preparing foods for your rugrats, choose organic and all natural ingredients that are high in protein, fiber, and naturally occurring vitamins. These are all important in the development of young children. And hey, let’s face it, what parent wouldn’t be ecstatic if their child helped make their own food?
Let’s Talk Healthy Snacks for Kids
1. Organic Fruit and Veggie Smoothie
Blend orange juice, shredded carrots, spinach, frozen strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple with plain yogurt – add granola for fiber and protein. Smoothies are a great way to hide veggies and foods that maybe your child wouldn’t normally eat. Plus, they are super refreshing on a warm day.
2. Homemade Trail Mix
Almonds, Peanuts, Dried Goji Berries, Raisins, Sunflower seeds, Hemp seeds, Pumpkin seeds or any of your favorite nuts, seeds and dried fruit. Trail mixes are great because you can toss in whatever you have in your pantry. Plus, it’s a great way to pack in the protein and Omega-3s with all the yummy nuts and seeds.
3. Yogurt Cups with Fruit and Granola
You can really use whatever fruits you have on hand or that your little ones enjoy. Right now Persimmons are in season on the ranch; we paired with Carpinteria blueberries and Ocean Ranch Lemon Blueberry granola and vanilla bean yogurt. Topping the yogurt is an easy task for kids and makes it an interesting snack with the contrasting textures. Kids love that!
4. Red Rice and Quinoa Crackers with Nut Butter and Organic Honey
With a similar taste to a regular rice cracker, adding quinoa adds lots of protein and you can top with your favorite nut butters, like almond, hazelnut or peanut. Sprinkle with a little organic Ocean Ranch Honey Sesame granola, drizzle with organic raw honey and you’re good to go!
5. Apple Slices with Honey or Nut Butter Dipped in Granola for Extra Crunch
Apples are an awesome source of fiber and Vitamin C, plus they are super easy to prepare. Once you have put the knife away, bring your kids into the kitchen, and have them help finishing their snack. Again, protein and organic honey will fuel your kids. Dip it in granola for the added crunch and nutrients.
Next time your kiddos are telling you they are ready for another meal and its not quite dinner time, try one of these simple healthy snacks for kids. The more children eat healthy when they are young, the more it becomes a habit for them as they grow older. Kids rely on us to nourish their bodies, and study after study reinforce the importance of a balanced diet through childhood development. Each of these easy munchies will not only keep your family happy and healthy, but also save you time to finish all thats on your to-do list.