Healthy Snacks Every Mom Should Know
As a parent, it’s essential to be familiar with the healthiest food choices out there. We need all the nutritional elements that come from them in order to function and provide for our respective families after all. More importantly, we want what’s best for our children and it’s our responsibility to ensure that they eat well. With the multitude of junk food and unsubstantial snacks available in the market, it isn’t surprising to find oneself even just a little overwhelmed at what to do
Fortunately, there are a lot of easy-to-make snacks that are not only healthy, but tasty too. Here are a few healthy snacks that every mom should know.
Crunchy Vegetable Sticks
You may be asking yourself how exactly vegetables can be considered a tasty treat that kids can appreciate and enjoy as much as we do. The secret lies in its versatility. Vegetables like carrots, cucumber, celery and zucchini can be paired with various kinds of dips, giving what would normally be considered as a bland snack the flavor it so desperately needs. From parmesan cheese and guacamole dips, to even Greek yogurt, the options are literally endless. You can practically find a whole host of recipes online in a matter of minutes. Best of all, they aren’t difficult or time-consuming to prepare.
If you’re feeling a little creative, you can add your own unique touch to it. You’ll also take comfort in knowing that the kids will enjoy it and benefit from the nutritional value of the vegetables as well.
Arguably the most popular and iconic snack of any era, popcorn is a classic go-to snack that is surprisingly healthy as well. High in fiber and relatively low in calories, popcorn serves as a good alternative to the traditional chips and other crisps. Not unlike the previously mentioned vegetable sticks, they can also be coupled with a variety of different flavors that the kids are surely going to enjoy.
Unlike vegetables however, you should take note that there variations to popcorn. Healthy, air-popped and homemade popcorn is always better than the its oil-popped counterpart since the latter can have lot more calories than the former. And before buying, it’s always best to do some research as to which brands are the healthiest. It should take you no more than a few minutes to find what you need online and it will definitely save you time and money since you will be avoiding the wrong brands.
Perhaps as popular as the above mentioned popcorn, cookies are a common snack that children will no doubt appreciate. While they generally require just a little more work than vegetable sticks, they aren’t as labor intensive as many may be led to believe. You don’t have to be an experienced baker (although that certainly helps) to craft these treats. You need just an idea, some love and a little bit of patience.
For starters, you’ll want to know what key ingredients you’ll want to use. Oatmeal tends to be one of the most favored but you can use fruits and even vegetables for it. And if you find yourself at a loss at what kind of cookies to make, there’s always the Internet to consult. There are literally hundreds of recipes on various kinds of homemade cookies available online and they tend to be very detailed and specific as well with their respective instructions.
Despite the over-saturation of artificial and unsubstantial snacks in the market, simple healthy snacks are always a better option. They’re relatively cheap, easy to make, and keep our families healthy.