GOODBYE CHEERIOS, HELLO TASTY SNACKS FOR HEALTHY KIDS
ARE WE SAYING TO SAY NO TO SNACKING?
Well, no. Yet feeding kids as we currently do isn’t good enough. Improve their nutrition by including healthy snacking! Just add a few new twists…
1. EAT NUTRIENT DENSE WHOLE FOODS
Avoiding processed or packaged foods doesn’t have to be an inconvenience to your schedule. Healthy snacks are actually the opposite. They’re snack food for our body as nature intended. Purchase foods with no ingredients like bananas or strawberries and eat them separately or combine them as you’d like. It’s not rocket science, just plain old home science. Keep at it. You’ll get better at it, especially as your taste buds yearn for the deliciousness you’re now serving up.
2. GET EACH MACRONUTRIENT AT EACH MEAL: CARBS, FATS, PROTEINS
Why do we snack? Answer: to get us through to the next meal. We’re hungrier earlier than that next meal, meaning the last meal didn’t provide all it should for a growing body. Each macronutrient – carbs, proteins, fats – are important to consume at each meal because it helps the other digest. Each have roles in healing and building our body, and all science aside, each tastes great for different reasons!
3. FOUR SNACKS A DAY CAN VERY EASILY TRANSITION INTO FOUR MEALS.
Why not halve a boiled egg and mix some yolk with almond butter for sweet deviled eggs? Serve the same almond butter with a carrot cut in half and spot it with raisins for fun. All the macronutrients are represented, each will help the other digest, protein for building our bodies, carbs for energy and fats for slowing things down and satiety. That sweet deviled egg, almond butter and carrot can easily become carrot (with eg, banana and raisins) pancakes with almond butter. Serve with a bit of maple syrup and bacon! Having all macronutrients means our kids’s bodies are getting what they need so “hangriness” begone. With that comes more patience from kids with better long term energy.
4. IT TURNS OUT GIVING YOUR BABY SMALLER PORTIONS OF WHAT YOU’RE EATING MIGHT NOT BE WHAT THEY NEED…
However eating larger portions of what you’re feeding your baby is exactly what your body probably needs! But don’t reach for the rice cereal and grains! Baby’s are grain intolerant, and grains are nutrient blockers which have become massive fillers on our plates. Choose to get more veggies, a side of protein and maybe a few of those fillers at the end on the side but mostly as a last thought. We need other stuff first.
5. OVEREATING AND UNDER RESTING YOUR DIGESTION WEARS YOUR INSIDES OUT
6. SO WHAT’S ENOUGH?
7. SNACK IDEAS THAT COULD TURN TO MEALS
- Deviled eggs – sweet style – with bacon and maple syrup
- Mashed sweet potato ground minced beef balls (sneak some broccoli in too)
- Plantain Cakes with smoked salmon, a spread of cauliflower mash and lime
- Plantain Cakes with avocado mousse and crushed bacon bits