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10 Healthy Snacks for Kids

Every child loves a yummy snack. Unfortunately, many parents associate snacking with weight gain. Although this may be the case if unhealthy snacks are chosen, snacking can make up an integral part of your child’s diet.

Childhood is a time of both physical and mental development, both of which require a large amount of energy. As children only have small stomachs, they are unable to consume sufficient energy at the three main meals. By consuming healthy snacks, they are able to be adequately fueled for all of the demands of childhood including learning, developing and playing.

Our top ten healthy snacks for kids are:

 1. Home Made Popcorn 2. Low Fat Yoghurt
 

Homemade popcorn is easy to prepare, super cheap and full of protein, vitamins and minerals. All you need to do is add ¼ cup of popcorn kernels into a brown paper bag, fold over a few times and cook in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Dairy is essential during this developmental stage. Yoghurt is a simple, tasty snack that can be tossed in lunch boxes very regularly. It is high in protein and calcium so will help keep you feeling fuller for longer.
Organic Low Fat Yoghurt
3. Wholemeal Apple Pikelets  4. Fresh Fruit
These delicious snacks are guaranteed to be popular at any time of the day. They can be eaten by themselves or topped with a nutritious savoury or sweet topping. Add these in the kids lunch box for a great morning snack. Make fresh fruit portable and easy to consume. Think about the size of the fruit and the firmness of the fruit. Will your child physically be able to hold this fruit? Cut up fruit is a great way to increase the amount of fruit your child will consume. 
5. Dried Fruit & Nuts 6. Low Fat Smoothie
Before taking this delicious trail mix to school, make sure your school does not have a nut free policy. Nuts can be substituted for a seed mix and still provide a high protein, high fibre and delicious snack. Fruit smoothies are a great after school snack. The kids can choose the fruits they want and you can provide a high calcium, high protein snack that is creamy and will satisfy until dinner time.
7. Piece of Cheese (20g) 8. Supa Secrets Supa Wired Chewy Snack Bar
Cheese is a calcium rich food that will help build strong teeth and bones. Eat cheese by itself or add it to crackers or veggie sticks.  Finally a range of snacks specifically designed for children that are wholesome and nutritious, and best of all they taste great. Click here to purchase.
9. Home made muffin, slice or cookie


Power Muffins


Apricot & Cranberry Cookie


Refuel Bar


Energy Bar
The clever chef at Weigh It Up has turned these delicious naughty treats into healthy, nutritious snacks. She has substituted the bad stuff with good oils, fibre rich flours and other healthy ingredients. For healthy recipe ideas visit: http://www.weighitup.com.au/recipes 
10. Vegie sticks with low fat dip


Pumpkin & Lentil


Slim Hummus


Roast Eggplant


Spinach & Almond
Children often don’t get the required 2-4 serves of vegetables a day. Cut them up and add them to the kids’ lunch boxes. Include a low fat dip for variety and to increase the calcium and protein content of the snack. 


Remember to keep “sometimes” foods as just that: foods that are consumed only sometimes. These foods are not required for normal development and may, in fact, hinder development when consumed in excess. The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating recommends consuming these foods no more than once a week. 

 

 

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