When the school bell rings and your kids jump in the car, more than likely you are headed to a quick stop at home before your next activity. When they pile in the house and start rummaging through the cabinets, they usually land on chips, candy or sweets for an after school snack. For many on-the-go parents, sometimes convenience can outweigh healthy, and the same goes for their own snacking habits. Check out these healthy snacks that will satisfy any parent's need for convenience.
These little fruits can be peeled and eaten by kids as young as three! One to two clementines can fulfill most daily vitamin C requirements for kids as old as 18. Clementines are also a healthy sources of calcium for growing bones in kids, as well as potassium, which is an important mineral for parents with high blood pressure. And, on top of all of that, this treat has dietary fiber.
Baby Carrots or Grape Tomatoes and Light Ranch or Hummus
Sometimes veggies need a little spicing up. If your kids are getting tired of eating plain vegetables, try giving them some light ranch dressing for dipping, or even introduce them to hummus.
Hummus is more calorie-heavy than other snacks on this list, but it makes up for it by being extra good for you. These mashed up chickpeas are high in fiber, folate, iron and protein, which will keep your kids active all practice long. You can even buy it in several different flavors, which means you’re sure to find one that you kids will love.
Salsa and Tortilla Chips
Fresh salsa that is low in salt can make for a great after school snack. The tomatoes and peppers in it are filled with vitamins are minerals that are necessary for your body. Pair it with whole grain tortilla chips or even baby carrots and you have the makings of a yummy snack.
Yogurt and Fruit Parfait
Plain, non-fat yogurt is an excellent source of calcium for growing bones. Plus, it’s high in protein to help your active kids. Throw in a handful of fruit like blueberries, strawberries, bananas or any other household favorite, and you have a sweet and yummy snack with extra vitamins and minerals.
Hard Boiled Eggs
Eggs are packed with healthy protein that can help little athletes stay focused in the game. They are also a good source of nutrients that benefit their eyes and brains. Plus, the combination of nutrients helps hair and nails look their best.
Whole Grain Crackers and Reduced Fat Cheese
The classic snack of cheese and crackers is another higher-calorie snack. Fortunately, making the right cracker and cheese choices can help cut down on the calorie count. Whole grain crackers are a good source of fiber, which is essential to everyone’s diet. Reduced fat cheese is a great option for getting dairy into your child’s meals without the unhealthy fats.
Not only is string cheese fun for kids of all ages, but it also comes in pre-measured servings. Cheese is high in fat depending on the type that you buy, so look for low-fat and reduced fat cheese to give your kids a kick of protein. They’ll love getting to tear apart the pieces before they eat them.
Don’t Wait, Start Today!
You want your kids to grow up strong and healthy, and you want to stay on the healthy track, too! Pick up healthy snacks like these next time you’re at the grocery store to give your kids a head start. If you’re looking for more information on raising healthy kids, check out these parenting and baby classes from UnityPoint Health - Des Moines!
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