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With the growing obesity pandemic ravaging society, we as parents owe it to our children to play our part in weaning them off sugar, and in some cases not to introduce them to it in the first place. One good way to begin this is to rather offer them healthy snacks at their birthday parties.
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Children often do not know
what is and what is not good for them. Anything that tastes good and sweet is often the only thing they want. They are kids, they do not
need to know everything about being healthy and eating right. But we as adults
know better don't we? We know that very sweet things are not good for one’s
health. To kids when you say birthday party the one thing that automatically pops
into their head are all the treats (read: sweet things) that they are going to
consume on that day, as well as all the birthday presents they are going to receive, and they
cannot wait for that day to come. Now it is all up to you as the parent to
balance their diet without spoiling their fun day.
Below is a list of 11 healthy alternatives
to sugar filled treats that do nothing but give your kids a sugar rush, and
gets them on a downward spiral addiction to sugar that they may live with all their
lives. A situation that we observe today in the amount of overweight children
all over the world.2
Apples are very healthy for kids, but you
know kids get bored easily by healthy foods, but I promise you this Instant
Apple Crisp with vitamin C and fiber that comes from apples, you just sprinkle
fresh blueberries and mix with low-fat vanilla yogurt there is no way they can
This are rich in fiber, pears come in a
long list of variety giving you more options. Serve up equally nutritious
canned pears with a small bowl of low-fat cottage cheese or pack a juicy whole
pear. For a fun snack, this Pear Pinwheels are a perfect pick with three
and Cheese Crepes
Nothing has changed here that good old
taste of ham is still there, it is advisable to get the low fat ham it is
healthier kids need proteins and this is the dish. Take this with cheese or
just slice of ham alone, make mini crust less ham sandwiches, or try Ham and
Cheese Crepes with diced ham, malty cheese, and tomatoes baked inside. Kids
will surely like this.
Raisins, not only they taste good but they
are also packed with fiber, potassium, and vitamins. No matter how picky your
children are, this is a super yummy raisin snack they will have them coming
back for more and more. They will enjoy dipping and swirl apple wedges or
carrot sticks for a healthy and delicious scoop of creamy covered raisins. This
is without a doubt the whole goodness of health in disguise.
Trying to get those little guys to eat
peanut butter and jelly can be a struggle but you can blame the, it is a boring
experience but there is something with
the same goodness, for a kick of iron try whole grain waffles and vitamins B6,
B12, and A. With reduced fat on cheese and a fruit jelly are a refreshing
change for snack time.
Cookies 21 of 24
Kids and cookies I do not know what is the
business between those two, but whatever that is must be controlled. Do not
waste your money on high-sugar, high-fat varieties from the store, bake your
own cookies that are low-fat Oatmeal Cookies and give you kids cookies and milk
without feeling the guilt of making them sick. And with this snack you can take
advantage of by putting raisins, cranberries, dried apricots, or nuts to boost
the nutritional value and taste.
This is a perfect blend of tomatoes,
cantaloupe, apples, and a hint of lime. When you want to reduce the heat on
this snack, use just one seeded jalapeno or none at all. Packed with lycopene
from the tomato, vitamins A and C from the melon, and fiber from the apple,
this healthy and delicious snack is a big winner and kids will just go crazy on
Popcorn and Fruit Mix
Just throw in a healthy combinations of
nuts, pretzels, whole grain cereal, banana chips, and popcorn for a handy,
portable delicious snack. Nuts have everything that kids need and more minerals
such as magnesium, iron, and zinc. Try our kid-friendly Nutty Popcorn and Fruit
Mix, or you can be creative and come up with you own blend there are no rules
just healthy stuff for kids.
Carbohydrates those are exactly what a kid
need on their early stages, and Pasta is a good source of those. Select some in
many different shapes and store them in a fridge. When it is time for a snack,
just go to your microwave a half-cup serving tossed with veggies or cooked
chicken and jarred tomato sauce. Those are very easy protein- and fiber-rich
penne has four ingredients and this can be done in just 20 minutes. Just a
quickly healthy snack time that will not kill a party mood.
Sweet spuds are very nutritious. They have
vitamin A and are good sources of B6, C, and folate. These simple, delicious
chips, so instead of buying greasy ones at the store that are not healthy and
expensive. And kids will enjoy them because of their sweetness.
and Cheese Quesadillas
Anything can mix with a calcium-rich cheese
quesadilla, it is all about what do you have in mind at that time. Chopped
vegetables, leftover cooked chicken, or even shrimp. Try the Bean and Cheese
Quesadillas, they are easy to make and kids love it, it is a power snack they
will not say no to. Never forget to buy
a chunky veggie salsa, with the folate in the corn, the lycopene in the
tomatoes, and the fiber in the beans, this snack is very nutritious and good
Well we have come to the bottom of our
list, and the bottom line remains that when it comes to the health of the
children we should not take chances. Yes kids are picky and difficult to
convince when it comes to eating healthy foods, but we can always come up with
a plan to hide those veggies or most wanted nutrients somewhere in those sweet
ones they love so much, save them.
Of course when you ensure that the birthday
celebrant is showered with several amazing birthday gifts, then pretty much any
food treats you serve at the party will be received with gratitude, for they
are already hyped up and excited by the gifts they have received. Which is why
it is sometimes a good idea to hint at what birthday gift ideas you might want your guests to bring along as a present
for your child.
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