Children and Nutrition: Healthy Snacks for School Children

School is underway and so are the multitude of things on the ‘to-do’ list.  I have been fortunate enough to have a collegue send me her blog on healthy snacks.  These are some great ideas to increase veggies and other nutritious items into your child’s day.  Some may seem to take a bit more time – but I think with a little foresight it will be quit easy. I personally like the multi -grain balls. Try to pick whole grain, non-gmo products for your children.  You could substitute different flaked grains- or add your favorite.  We are fighting obesity in children, as well as adults, but it all starts with what the parents provide for the child.  Try to avoid processed sugary ‘foods’, they do not serve your child well in their health or in their learning.  If you have your own favorite snack, please share with fellow readers.  Thanks, Be Well, Mary

Healthy and Quick Snacks For School Children

Children are quite fond of snacks. In fact snacks are prioritized over meals. Mothers are finding it extremely difficult to come up with various snack options that are filling as well as healthy. With most mothers working, it is a question of race against time in the mornings where she has to get healthy snacks prepared in a jiffy. Packing a lunch box for her school going child needs a lot of creative thinking on part of her. It has to be nutritious and hunger satisfying apart from being quick to rustle up.

Below are some ideas which mothers can take cues from.

1. Whole wheat sub

You need

  • 1 whole wheat sub
  • 1 cup of chopped and parboiled vegetables (carrots, French beans, green peas)
  • ½ cup of grated red, green and yellow bell peppers
  • 2 tbsp of mayonnaise
  • ½ tsp of ground pepper
  • 2 tbsp of grated cheese

Method

You can chop and parboil the veggies and refrigerate them beforehand.

Add the vegetables to the mayonnaise. Dash pepper. Cut the sub horizontally and fill the mix. Sprinkle with grated cheese. The colorful array of veggies is bound to tempt your child to gobble it up.

2. Fruit Sandwich

It’s pretty difficult to make kids eat fruits. Try this interesting recipe

You need

  • 4 slices of whole wheat bread
  • A  bowl of sliced fruits like pineapple, apple, banana, peach, apricot
  • 1 tsp of honey

Toast the bread and make a spread of the fruits. Dribble honey. Your yummy fruit sandwich is ready to be devoured.

3.  Multi-grain balls

You need

  • 1 cup of rolled white oats
  • 1 cup of crushed cornflakes
  • ½ cup of wheat flakes
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • ¼ cup of pitted dates
  • ¼ cup of raisins
  • 2 tsps of flaxseeds
  • 1 cup of water

Method

Make sugar syrup of single string consistency. Mix all the other ingredients and add the sugar syrup to this mix. Shape into balls and allow cooling. It’s a power packed food full of fiber and a wholesome snack which can be had even on the go.

4. Bread Pudding

You need

  • 6 slices of wheat bread
  • 2 cups of full cream milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp of slivered almonds and pistachios
  • Few strands of saffron

Method

Toast the sliced bread till they are brown and crisp. Boil the milk, add sugar and let it reduce to 1 cup. Add saffron to the milk. In a flat dish, arrange the bread and spread the thickened milk evenly. Garnish with slivered nuts.

5. Tortilla Wraps

You need

  • 4 tortillas
  • 1/2 cup of Brussels sprouts
  • ½ cup of bean sprouts
  • ½ cup chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped onions
  • ¼ cup feta cheese/tofu
  • 2tbsp tomato sauce

Method

Mix together the sprouts, tomatoes, onions and feta cheese. Keep aside. Spread the tomato sauce on the tortilla and spread this sprouts mix on one corner of the tortilla. Slowly roll it up and pack in a foil. A protein packed snack to energize tired school children. This can also be packed in their lunch box.

As you all know, children tend to be attracted by new foods. By making the right combination and adding a bit of creativity, you can make some variations in my mentioned snack options and come out with something very tempting for your children

 

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Author Bio: Marguerite likes healthy eating habits who is also a fitness enthusiast who loves to blog  on fitness and topics related to fitness. You can check out her latest post on How to lose belly fat on her website.

 

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