Giving our kids nutritious food is quite a challenge for most moms. Since there are a lot of snacks readily available, it is easier to buy the commercial snacks found in supermarkets. While we see nothing wrong with that, we want to share with you snack alternatives you might want to offer your little ones.
P.S. – Most of the ingredients can be found in our very own kitchen cabinets, dining tables, or refrigerators!
Raisins are a good source of many vitamins like iron, potassium, and calcium. It is also high in fiber, which is good if your child has constipation. It’s best to offer these to your bigger kids or supervise the younger ones when eating, as raisins may be choking hazards.
Nuts are packed with nutrients like protein, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and healthy fats. It can boost development and growth. Nuts like macadamias, almonds, walnuts, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, and pistachios can also help boost development and growth.
Sweet Potato Pancake
Sweet potatoes are one of the best sources of Vitamin A, an anti-oxidant powerhouse. It is linked to good eyesight, cancer prevention, and even anti-aging. Make it more appealing for the kids by making them into soft and fluffy flourless pancakes!
Tip: As an alternative to fast food french fries, you can offer your kids sweet potato fries instead!
Compared to regular sugar cookies, oatmeal cookies have a high fiber and low calorie content. They contain a significant amount of iron, magnesium, and potassium, which are all essential for physical health. You can try adding dried fruits such as cranberries, dates, or raisins to your oatmeal cookies to provide a sweet fix, and avoid the sugar guilt.
Freshly-squeezed fruit juice
Freshly squeezed juice is more easily absorbed by the body because the nutrients have already been broken down into a digestible form. It provides your body with a large amount of water which aids in producing energy (perfect for active toddlers!) and promoting elasticity of skin. Don’t forget to serve them cold for a more refreshing and delicious taste!
Sweet Potato Leaves Juice
Promotes brain health, prevents gum disease and tooth decay, and maintains calcium levels–are just some of the wonders this cheap super food can do! Plus, what’s good about this juice is that it comes from sweet potato leaves or talbos ng kamote, which is available all year round. You can even grow them in your own backyard!
Fruits are a good dessert option because of their health benefits. They reduce risks of chronic diseases, heart ailments, and cancer. And the bright colors are pleasing to the kids, too! Fruit pops are a perfect dessert for the summer season, and healthier than your average grocery-bought ice cream.
Fruit Kebabs with yogurt
Another colorful and fun way to get your kids eat their fruits–fruit kebabs! Mix it up by using different colored fruits, and add some flavored yogurt as a dip.