Healthy foods and ingredients for your kids’ snacks

First let’s see what we understand when we say healthy foods or healthy eating?

By eating healthy we understand not only what we put in out mouth but also the attitude we have towards food and our bodies. Of course people have different perceptions of healthy eating according to various factors the first being cultural, functional (which means eating foods that are marketed as promoting health or that reduce the risk of some diseases), financial status, etc.

In general when we talk about healthy eating we immediately think about a high intake of fruit and vegetables and/or a low intake of foods containing fat, sugar and meat, fish and alternatives. We also attribute healthy eating to a healthy lifestyle which means eating proper food not just for now but for our entire lives and pairing good healthy food with exercise.

There was a very interesting study that showed that people from a higher socio-economic group ate healthier foods than those from a lower socio-economic group. From my own experience I truly believe there is no reason for that to happen.

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Having a healthy lifestyle is cheaper than having an unhealthy one because however much you may pay on better healthier food you would have to pay much more if you had health related issues, you would have to pay endless medical bills to get back something you will never entirely recover, unless there are some healthy habits formed.

These habits (having regular meal times, drinking a lot of water, eating healthy snacks, avoiding sugar, etc) are formed from a very young age. A child first learns how, what and when to eat from his parents.

The importance of snacks

Over the past decade the word “snack” has gotten a very bad reputation. When it is mentioned everyone thinks about chips, cookies, biscuits, candy, etc. However, healthy snacking can make a big difference in the daily nutrition of kids of all ages.

They give your child the energy and nutrients he needs to help him stay away from easy fatty and sugary snacks that are nutritionally empty. Without healthy snacks it would be very difficult for kids to meet their daily nutrient needs and also have enough energy left to keep on going and growing. It is particularly that growth, which is significant for most children, that makes it so important for kids to eat regularly, including healthy snacks.

The advantages they have over the fast food industry are obvious. Having helped your child’s proper development and growth, preventing obesity, reducing the risk of heart diseases, etc. are some of those benefits.

Have I convinced you yet? Let’s see what your best choices are when it comes to choosing the healthiest kids’ snacks ingredients:
Raw vegetables: carrots, cauliflower, broccoli, green pepper, green beans, celery, cucumbers, mushrooms, etc. which may be served with a low-fat dip.
Fresh fruit: it is best to choose the fruit which are in season or all year round – apples, pears, oranges, grapes, bananas, grapefruit, plums, strawberries, melons – cut in slices or halves.

Low fat breads and muffins such as zucchini, banana or bran.

Non- sugared cereals: whole-grain, snack mixes with popcorn, etc.

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Low-fat yogurt with fresh, frozen or canned fruit.

Unsweetened fruit juices and shakes with low-fat milk or yogurt.
These are only some of your choices but there are so much more for you to experiment and adapt according to your picky eater.
Involving your child in planning and preparing a healthy snack menu will make him responsible for what he eats which is very important nowadays.
Think of these healthy snacks as the boost your child needs to develop and grow, they give him the necessary nutrients and vitamins for a strong immune system; they raise his energy and focus for his day to day mental or physical activities.
What we recommend is not only a healthy snack menu or diet that you will prepare for your kid from time to time. It is an inexpensive healthy lifestyle that will ensure the prevention of obesity and other convenience food related diseases.

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