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Being a parent isn’t easy in today’s times. There is always a constant fear of protecting the kid from various external factors. This includes food habit too. A mother takes care of her child since birth. She makes sure that her child is receiving proper nutrition throughout. But this fear of providing the kid with proper nutrition increases as they grow up. As they move towards being teenagers, their food choices change, and this brings change in metabolism as well. To ensure that your child is having a healthy growth, here is a short guide which will help all the moms to choose healthy snacks for their children.
Say no to junk!!
Saying no to junk food can be the first step towards a healthy diet. Constant consumption of junk food may lead to various health problems. For staying healthy, three meals a day and two snack sessions are very important, especially for a kid. Kids have small tummies, hence any meal fills their stomach rapidly. And due to a faster metabolism, the calories burn quickly. Hence, snacking can provide the nutrition they need and can keep them hydrated.
Different needs for different age groups
Children of different age groups require different types of nutrition. Children who are younger can have morning and afternoon snacks. But kids who go to school do not have time for such snacks. Hence, they can fulfill that requirement with after-school snacks. Fruits and vegetables, milk, and whole grain products can prove to be healthy snacks for teens.
Limiting sugar and refined carbs in diet
Food items like white bread, pizza dough, pastries, white rice, and pasta have a very low amount of nutrients. Hence, they can affect blood sugars and can also lead to fluctuations in mood and energy. These products can be replaced by food items having complex carbs such as whole wheat or multi-grain bread, high-fiber cereals, and brown rice and fruits and nuts. This will provide a healthy snack bundle to the kid. Non-starchy vegetables can be introduced into the diet.
Replacing the junk with healthy
Kids are often dedicated to junk food. However much you try, the habit of eating junk is difficult to eliminate. But this habit can be replaced with healthier food items. Deep fried french fries can be replaced with baked fries. Yogurt, fresh fruit smoothies, and sorbet can take the place of ice cream. Baked chicken or grilled chicken can make an excellent choice over fried chicken. Home baked muffins and pastries with less sugar content will be helpful in replacing doughnuts and pastries. Including these food choices in a kid’s diet plan can help a lot in providing a good and nutritious snack to the kid without even compromising in taste.
Making food and vegetables look more appealing
Fruits and vegetables seem to be the biggest enemy of a kid. The main responsibility of a parent is to introduce their child to eat fresh fruits and vegetables. But how can that be possible? Make the dishes sound more exciting. For instance, apple with peanut butter can be one such snack which your child will never say no to eat. Make your kid select their favorite fruit and vegetable. Try to add them in their daily food items in a more creative and tastier way. Cauliflower mac n' cheese and zucchini bread can be one nice combination.
Selecting a healthy snack is a big task for mothers. They have to make sure that whatever their child is eating in their growing days is full of nutrition and as well as taste. Some kids are very picky. In such cases, they often lack some of the other nutrition which will benefit them. The only way to add nutrition to their diet is through tasty snacks.
The veggies which they don’t eat in their meals can be introduced into snacks in some of the other ways so that they never lack any nutrition. Hence, this healthy snack guide can help you in getting various delicious snack ideas and how to include them in your child’s daily food plan.