Here are some fun yummy snacks that will make it easier to get your kids to eat healthy food!
Pink Smoothie. This smoothie is packed with healthy fruit, and adding the beets has dual benefit. 1: they’re pack with antioxidants, and a food your kids likely won’t regularly eat. 2: They make the smoothie pink! Sometimes it’s something as little as color that will turn children on or off.
1 cup chopped beets
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup of ice
1 cup orange juice
Chocolate Nice-Cream. This basically tastes like ice cream, yet it’s dairy-free and insanely healthy. Dairy is a huge cause of mucus build up, which can accentuate cough and cold. I would recommend always avoiding dairy when possible! Cacao is naturally sugar-free, and when mixed with the frozen banana gives a sweet chocolate flavor. These three ingredients are ALL you need to make this dessert! Use this as a base and get creative with the rest. You could even add fresh mint for mint-chocolate chip ice cream. Or skip the cacao powder and add other fruit (strawberries, raspberries etc.)
1 frozen banana
Chocolate – Banana – Almond Bites. This is one of my favorites. So easy and healthy, and sliced into fun little bites for an afternoon snack. Just slice the bananas, add a dollop of almond butter, 1-2 chocolate chips, and place in the refrigerator for a couple hours. Full of fiber, protein, and a much better alternative to processed candy or sweets. Use almond butter instead of peanut butter, it’s night and day when comparing their nutritional benefits.
1 banana, sliced into 8-10 slices
Un-roasted, unsalted almond butter
Chocolate chips (preferably vegan)
Healthy snacks for on-the go moms
Mini bell peppers
I know this doesn’t sound too interesting, but hear me out. The mini peppers are so bite size that you can pack them in a little sandwich bag. They don’t make a mess, they’re sweet enough on their own, nice and crunchy, and they’re PACKED with Vitamin C (more than an orange)! This is especially good for moms who can’t afford to take a sick day!
You can find sliced coconut at a good amount of grocery stores. If it’s not pre-sliced, ask the clerk to have someone chop it up on the back (they’ll generally do it if you ask)! I recommend coconut because healthy fats are actually one of the best ways to get an energy boost. They’re great for mid-day when you’re feeling a bit tired. Also, coconut is great for helping your body balance fluids, so snacking on coconut or coconut water may help reduce swelling (think: puffy eyes from no sleep!)
Keep a box of these in your car! Healthy crackers are so versatile. They’re a good snack when you’re so hungry you’re about to buy a bag of chips or go through the drive-through. They’re also great to crumble and add in soups or salads for a little crunch. A much better alternative to croutons. Also, you can always order a side of guacamole, salsa, or hummus, and use your own crackers. It’s a money saver and waist-line saver!