Healthy Snacks for Picky Eaters: Worry No More!
Snack ideas that your choosy kids would love to eat, learn how to make them and some friendly tips on how to keep them eating healthy!
“No!”, is a familiar cry you as a parent tend to hear when we let our dear kids eat some healthy food. An endless agony during the meal to persuade them to eat the beans, the carrots or the broccoli. Patience runs out and it often ends up crying and messes on the table. Well, to keep you out from your misery, here are healthy snacks ideas that your picky eaters would surely love, so worry no more!
Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Beg For
1. Peanut-Butter Banana Spirals
- ½ cup peanut butter preferably reduced-fat
- 1/3 cup yogurt, it tastes good with vanilla but you can experiment (low-fat)
- 1 tbsp. orange juice
- 2 medium bananas, ripe and sliced
- 4 flour tortillas, 8” fat-free
- 2 tbsp. honey-crunch wheat germ
- ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
How to do it?
- Put together peanut butter and yogurt, mix it properly until creamy.
- Trickle juice over bananas, flip slowly to cover all of it.
- Get the tortillas, spread peanut-butter mixture on it.
- Arrange bananas on top the spread (1 layer)
- Mix wheat germ and cinnamon and garnish on top.
- Roll and serve.
2. Carrot Cake Pancakes
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cups nuts, any nuts you love will do but chopped and toasted
- 2 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp. salt
- 1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
- Ground cloves and ground ginger for seasoning
- ¼ cup loose pack brown sugar
- ¾ cup buttermilk preferably low-fat
- 1 tbsp. canola or olive oil
- 1 ½ tsp. vanilla
- 2 organic eggs, beaten
- 2 cups, shredded carrots
- 3 tbsp. unsalted butter (softened)
- 2 tbsp. honey
How to do it?
- In a large bowl, mix all ingredients from flour until seasonings. Stir it well.
- In another bowl, mix all ingredients from brown sugar till the eggs. Whisk well.
- Combine the egg mixture with the flour mixture. Stir until creamy.
- Put in the batter the carrots. Mix gently.
- In a heated greased pan, scoop batter and pour into pan and flatten it using a wooden spatula.
- Cook until bubbles surface and the edges look crispy.
- Flip the pancake and brown the other side. Take it out.
- Repeat to the rest of the batter.
- Mix softened butter with honey, and serve with the pancakes.
3. Green Berry Smoothie
- 4 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 cup water
- 2 cups coconut milk
- ¼ cup grated coconut
- 2 cups frozen raspberries
How to do it?
- Mix Chia seeds and water in a bowl. Soak in the fridge
- In the morning, mix together Chia seeds with water and 2 cups coconut milk, grated coconut and the raspberries
- Put the mixture into your blender and blend until creamy.
- Serve it with strawberries and coconuts on top and sprinkle with chia seeds.
So how was that? The recipes above are so delicious they would want for more. You can change the fruit choices in the smoothie recipe to the fruits your kids would like.
Here are a few friendly tips that may help you get your kids to eat healthy foods:
- Do not ban unhealthy foods that your kids love. Instead, educate them and encourage them to choose the healthy foods they like. Make a plan to make them each week.
- Always keep healthy foods within reach at home. Make sure it is always visible to your kids like a bowl of fruits on the table.
- You connect the healthy foods to your kids’ favorite activities or interests. It would be like fruits and vegetables makes your skin soft and smooth, or milk is rich in calcium so it would strengthen the bones and help you win football!
- Make your child feel that you are happy and proud when they choose to eat healthily.
Children who grew up with a family who are health conscious tend to live the same when they are adults. It is just what they see, they learn and they are what they eat! So live a healthy life and you will have a healthy mind.
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