Parents are always in a hurry, and kids always seem to be hungry… So what solves both problems? Easy, fun and delicious brain boosting snacks. And we’ve got 7 Amazing ones!
Carrots in guacamole, celery in peanut butter, pretzels in hummus, kids love finger food and dippers! These are great because they make healthy, fun. A plant compound called luteolin found in carrots boosts brain health and is also found in peppers and celery. Hummus is high in protein, an essential building block in bone, muscle and blood health.
6. Easy Peasy Smoothies
Pick up a bag of frozen fruit, a banana, and use yogurt as a base, and you have yourself an easy peasy smoothie! Throw the ingredients in the blender with the yogurt filled up to half as high as the fruit reaches, and your kids will have a healthy, delicious snack in no time! Make sure the yogurt label says “live and active cultures” and has no added sugar. It’s important to promote gut health (sometimes called the second brain) at an early age.
5. Sweet Potato Chips
Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin D which helps build healthy bones and contain iron to support a healthy immune system. These are addictive, delicious, and great for you and your kids! Preheat the oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, cut your sweet potatoes into thin slices and toss with about 2 tbsp of olive oil. Season with your favorite salt, pepper, creole seasoning, garlic salt, whatever! Lay on a baking sheet so they aren’t covering one another, and cook until crisp (takes about 2 hours). Let them rest for about 10 minutes to crisp up, then ENJOY!
4. Brownie Mug
Need a chocolate fix? A brownie is just a minute away! Take a half cup of brownie mix, 3 tbsp of water, mix them in a mug then microwave for 90 sec. TA DAH! Brownie Mug. You’re a magician and a hero. While not a health food research indicates that there may be physiological benefits to enjoying foods every once in a while that bring smiles!
3. Blueberry Pancake Faces
If you are brave enough to cook these from scratch, congratulations on your Parent of the Year Award! For us mortals, I use Krusteaz Pancake Mix (because you only have to add water). Once the batter is poured into the frying pan and one side is cooking, enjoy using fresh or frozen blueberries to create faces, letters or designs in the pancakes with your kids! Serve with syrup or yogurt and a handful of blueberries. Fun and yummy for the whole family. Blueberries are not only an antioxidant-rich superfood, they contain Vitamin C that helps the body to heal wounds.
2. Vegetarian Burritos
Burritos are a great way to let children choose for themselves exactly what they want on their plate, they make eating vegetables fun, and they are easy to prepare! Lay out tortillas and bowls with different ingredients. Black beans, corn, avocado, cut up bell peppers, salsa, cabbage, cheese, sour cream… really anything goes here! The only thing you may want to warm up are the beans, but even that is negotiable! Make sure to add avocados as they are rich in healthy fats, which are essential for growing kids.
1. Yogurt, Fruit and Honey
This colorful and delicious breakfast or snack will satisfy a sweet tooth while keeping them healthy! Greek or any kind of fat free, sugar free yogurt is great to use, plus things like strawberries with their vitamin C, blueberries with their antioxidants, bananas with their potassium, and honey is FULL of vitamins and minerals! You can’t go wrong.
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