Getting your kids to eat healthy can be a challenge. It’s easy to pack a healthy snack in their lunch box, what’s difficult is getting them to eat it, especially when it’s simple to trade with their friends.
Here is a list of healthy, tasty snacks your child won’t want to share.
A delightful mix of peanuts (protein), oatmeal or whole grains (healthy carbs), dried fruits (vitamins and fiber), seeds (omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and more) and possibly chocolate chips (flavonoids and theobromine), trail mix can be an incredibly healthy snack. The whole grains release energy into the blood stream at a measured speed so it can deliver sustained energy for a long time.
You can up the fun by adding wasabi peas, sesame sticks, ginger, and coconut flakes.
These past few years, hummus has gone from being a middle-eastern staple to becoming a major player in mainstream cuisine. Made with chickpeas, ground sesame seeds, and possibly a few spices, hummus is as versatile as it is tasty.
You can find hundreds (if not thousands) of various recipes online, or you can pick up a tub at any grocery store.
Hummus makes for a great lunch box snack when paired with vegetables like carrots, celery, sliced peppers, or even cucumber. It’s wonderful spread on bread or pita chips.
Sweet Potato Chips
Fiber plus antioxidants makes sweet potato chips a perfect choice for lunch box snacks. However, don’t purchase these little gems at the store. The sweet potato chips you purchase in the snack department are likely drenched in excess fat. Instead, they’re a breeze to make at home.
All you do is take a sweet potato and cut it in thin rounds. If you want to make the job really easy, just use a mandolin slicer. Give each piece a quick spritz of oil (like Pam) and sprinkle with your favorite seasoning like salt, chicken seasoning, even cinnamon and sugar. Then you bake them in a parchment paper lined cookie sheet at 350 until they’re crisp. Baking time will vary depending on how thick you slice the sweet potato.
Fruity Nut Popcorn
This one’s easy… and quite inexpensive.
Just pop a batch of corn and toss in some mixed nuts and dried fruit. Then you can sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese.
This snack is not only filled with fiber, it’s also a good source of protein and calcium.
Oatmeal Banana Cookies
This snack is so easy, it’s almost effortless.
Just mash two bananas. Add 1 cup of regular oatmeal.
Mix everything together and you’re done. Just place 12 dollops onto a greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 for around 15 – 20 minutes.
But, before you bake them, here’s where you can get fancy. While the cookie dough is still in the bowl, can stir in a hand full of awesomeness like:
- Chocolate chips
Add the fun stuff, mix and bake. You’re giving your child a fabulous, sugar free, packed with natural goodness snack you made yourself. Just don’t tell anyone it only took a few minutes to do so.
Creative, fun, tasty lunch box snacks can be easy. With just a little planning, a healthy snack is not only possible, but it’s easy.