Fun Healthy Snacks for Kids

By Clare Jamison

Try some fun healthy snacks to get your kids on the right track with good healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime.

Getting your children to eat the right foods can be hard if they are given the wrong things everywhere that they go. Grandma and the babysitter mean well, but that does not mean that they should be given sugar all of the time.

Once they get a sweet tooth, it can be hard to get them to eat the right things so that they can grow up healthy and strong. You have to find new and interesting ways to present the right foods to your kids.

Fun healthy snacks may be more about the way that you present them to your children than the types of foods that you offer.

Although you really want to try to give them the ones that you know they will or have eaten in the past. If they have tried and spit out broccoli, perhaps one way to get them started is to skip the broccoli and try something else. You can always try to serve that broccoli at a later date. Instead, think about the things they have had and liked in the past and go from there.

One way to get fun healthy snacks into your kids is to make them up in fun and creative ways. If this is not your strong point, there are plenty of ideas out there that you can use. For one, you can make the tried and true ‘ants on a log.’

This is a celery stick with peanut butter smeared inside. On the top of that peanut butter you can stick raisins. The celery is the log and the raisins are the ants. Many kids love this, especially boys who think eating ants is gross and fun all at the same time. You can use purple raisins for black ants and yellow raisins to represent some other type of insect if you wish.

Most kids love to dip. This is not the best idea when they are always putting potato chips into fattening dips, but there are other things that you can do. Give them rod pretzels and give them some fat free ranch dressing for dip. They will love it.

You can also find a recipe for a layered dip that included grated celery, radish (just a touch for a little kick), carrots, and anything else that you want to include. You can put fresh, low fat cream cheese or sour cream in a layer to stick it all together and give your kids baked tortilla chips and let them dip away. This may be one of their favorite fun healthy snacks.

Those are just a few fun healthy snacks you can try with your kids. There are many more ideas out there that you can use. You can find cookbooks with simple and yummy ideas that you can try, and more complicated meal plans that also include the foods that you want them to eat.

Don’t forget to modify things that they like, such as cake, but using applesauce instead of oil to keep the cake moist. This saves calories and most people can not tell the difference. Keep up your hard work and you will see a pay off from your healthy and happy kids.

Late Night Healthy Snacks

By Bliss Blaire

Late night healthy snacks sounds a bit crazy.  For those that stay up late, or those that tend to wake up and have trouble getting back to sleep, here are some healthy snack to munch on as an alternative to just pigging out.

Often late nighters fall into the trap of eating whatever they can find if they are hungry, which they often are. These folks can have a great, healthy diet during the day, but are simply out of energy at night and grab whatever they can eat from the cupboard or the fridge, or even worse, from a drive through window.

Instead of sabotaging yourself at night, look for some late night healthy snacks that you can have on hand so you can make the same great choices you make throughout the rest of the day.

Most healthy snacks are things that you have to prepare ahead of time, but not all. Some late night healthy snacks that you can have on hand that do not require a lot of preparation are granola (low sugar varieties) bars and protein bars. Not only are these easy, they are filling too.

You could also grab a bowl of healthy cereal in a matter of a few minutes and have something that is going to fill you up. Stay away from things like Pop-Tarts and candy bars, which are full of sugar and lead to you being even more hungry as the night wears on. Save those for daylight hours if you must have them.

You can also plan ahead for your late night healthy snacks. Get whatever fruit or vegetable that you like to munch on and cut them up ahead of time. These could be carrot sticks or grapes. Anything you like that is healthy can be washed, cut up, and then placed into baggies so that you can open the refrigerator and grab what you want. a

They can even be taken with you if you are going somewhere late and you know you are going to be hungry before you can get home. Those that work late always want something to eat on the way home. A bag of grapes is so much more better for you than a Big Mac.

There are a few things that you can make in just a few minutes, much like the bowl of cereal, for late night healthy snacks. You can have microwave popcorn on hand that you can have in three to five minutes. To keep it healthy, use very little salt and skip the butter.

You may also want to have a few tablespoons of healthy peanut butter on some celery that you prepared earlier. A can of healthy soup can be heated in the microwave in a few minutes if you keep your favorites on hand in your cupboards.

If you are worried about late night healthy snacks because you fear you are going to sabotage your weight loss plan, get rid of the things that you do not want to eat so that you can not have a moment of weakness at three in the morning when you can not sleep. a

Get the candy, chips, or whatever your problem foods might be out of the house and replace them with yogurts, protein bars, and light popcorn. It is hard enough to make good choices without easy and sinful choices jumping up as a temptation when you are most likely to give in.