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Schools have reopened and with it comes the struggle of providing healthy snacks for your little ones (or not so little ones for that matter). Some of the popular snacks as we know them consist of pre-packaged crisps, biscuits and ready-made juices, among others.
While these “snacks” might seem like the easier, sometimes cheaper option, they aren’t a healthy choice for your children. They contain unhealthy fats, too much salt and high amounts of sugar. They aren’t filling which means your child will be asking for more sooner than you expected.
Below are healthier snacks that you can give your child both at home and in school. These are more filling and contain more nutrients keeping your child healthy and satisfied in between meals.
Fruits have nutrients and fibre making them a healthy snack. Bananas, pears, apples, grapes, mangoes, watermelon and plums are examples of fruits you can give your child. Cut them up into bite size pieces to make it easier for your child to eat them.
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Yoghurt contains calcium which helps your child’s bones develop. It also has protein, healthy bacteria which are important in the digestion process.
Opt for plain yoghurt sweetened with fruit or honey (sweeten it yourself so that you can control the amount of sugar).
Nuts contain healthy fats which are essential in your child’s growth. They also contain fibre and antioxidants.
Be sure to give nuts to children who are old enough as they can be a choking hazard.
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Popping your own corn at home will guarantee that they have just the right amount of oil and salt.
Sweet potato fries
These are a healthier alternative to French fries. They help to give your child healthier eyes and skin.
Slice the sweet potatoes, drizzle with oil and salt and then bake in the oven.
The calcium, fat and protein found in cheese is good for your child’s growth. The protein in the cheese will help your child feel full for longer.
Serve cheese with fruit or on its own.