“Can I have something to eat?”
Now more then ever, this is what I hear many, many, MANY times in one day. With my kids doing online school and being home all day, thanks to Covid-19, the snacking meter has gone wayyyy up!
I make sure my kids are eating a balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner. Balanced meals usually have the three macronutrients in good balance.
A protein, a carbohydrate and a healthy fat. I make sure to drill this into my kids head so that they feel full and satisfied for longer periods of time.
Of course, this doesn’t happen every day as some days I am busy and can’t always be overseeing their breakfast and lunch preparations.
I always know when they haven’t had a balanced meal because about one hour after eating they’ll come up to me and say “MOM, I’m hungry!! Can I have a snack??”
OK, so NOW I need to make sure they are getting a snack that will be filling, healthy AND balanced so that this snack will hold them over until the next meal. Grazing like a cow is not what I want my kids to be doing.
In order for this balanced snack to happen, I decided to find healthy, kid approved snacks that would satisfy my kids and taste good at the same time.
Allow me to share these 5 easy, healthy snack ideas that my kids approve of and enjoy!
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1) Dates with Nut Butter
This recipe isn’t so much a recipe as it is two ingredients put together. This idea I picked up from an Instagram account that I follow @misty_gut_instinct. She loves gut health as much, if not more, then I do! Here is all you will need to make this quick and easy snack:
- Organic Pitted Dates: dates are naturally sweet and are great to eat when craving something sweet. They are also a great source of fibre. 1/4 cup (about 4 dates) give you 12% of the daily value for fibre. Dates are also rich in minerals like zinc, magnesium and potassium, PLUS B Complex Vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid.
- All Natural Nut Butter: There are many kinds of nut butter that you can use for this snack. Natural nut butters are the best as there are no preservatives in them.
Cut 1/4 cup of pitted dates in half, then take about 3 tablespoons of nut butter and spread it on each half of the date.
Place the snack on a plate and watch your kids devour the snack within seconds! The great thing about this snack is that it will be filling and satisfying for your child (or for you, if you are making the snack for yourself).
I enjoy this snack often. If I am feeling the need for something sweet, this snack helps to satisfy that need.
2) Healthy No Bake Date Bar Recipe
Another recipe with dates!
This one looks like a brownie and tastes like a peanut butter cup! The best thing? The dates are high in fibre, the nut butter is full of protein, plus the cacao powder adds tons of chocolate flavor! I found this recipe here at Super Healthy Kids. Her website is loaded with tons of healthy snack ideas for kids!
Yes, you read that correct. What is a grapesicle? Well it’s just as it sounds. It’s frozen grapes on a stick. You can find the recipe here.
This snack is fun to make and very refreshing to eat.
One cup of grapes provides you with 1/4 of your daily Vitamin C needs, PLUS 20% of your daily Vitamin K needs. Vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin and is vital for blood clotting and healthy bones. Not only that, grapes contain antimicrobial properties.
So when your kids ask you for grapes…. the answer should be always YES!!
4) Monkey Toast
For this snack, all you will need is bread, nut butter, banana, raw honey, and chia seeds! You can get access to this quick and easy recipe here.
I suggest substituting regular bread for gluten free bread to make digestion easier. There are a good many gluten gluten free breads to choose from. I like the Udi brand as it is soft and isn’t as dry as some other gluten free breads can be.
100% natural peanut butter is best to use as there will be no preservatives added. I personally love the Adams brand all natural peanut butter. If you or your child cannot eat peanuts, then you can use any type of other nut butter. Some great examples of nut butters are: almond butter, cashew butter, and even sunflower butter. The Kirkland brand all natural almond butter is a great choice as it tastes great.
Raw honey is the BEST honey to use! Not only is it delicious, but it is better for you then regular honey. Regular pasteurized honey has been heated and filtered so all the nutrients and health powers are gone. Raw honey contains bee pollen which is known to ward off infections and provide natural allergy relief plus boost overall immunity.
Bananas are sweet and a great source of potassium, and fibre which add to the nutrition of this snack.
Lastly, chia seeds pack a powerful nutritional punch! Just 1 ounce (28 grams) of chia seeds contain, 11 grams of fibre, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams of fat and 30% RDI (reference daily intake) of Manganese and Magnesium and 27% RDI of Phosphor.
I love that this snack tastes delicious, is easy to make and is LOADED with nutrients that your body loves and needs. Your guts will thank you for this snack!
5) Vegetables with Hummus
This snack is super easy and super fast to put together. No recipe needed! All you need is a variety of vegetables and some hummus.
Hummus is a Middle Eastern dip and spread. It is typically made with garbanzo beans (chickpeas), lemon juice. tahini, olive oil and garlic. You can get a recipe for hummus here.
Hummus is a great way to get plant based protein into your diet! Hummus is contains, iron, folate, phosphorus and B vitamins.
Now add a variety of chopped vegetables and you have yourself a nutrient rich, fibre filled snack that your kids are bound to love!
Snacking Should Be Healthy
It is always better to avoid snacking, However, if you want a little snack to tie you over until lunch or dinner, these 5 snacks should do the trick.
Each snack is filled with nutrients that your body needs, PLUS they taste great so your kids will love them as well.
Which snack are you going to try? Which snack do you think your kids will like?
Be sure to leave a comment and let me know!
Anna aka The Gut Nerd