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Healthy Snacks for Kids

Healthy Snacks for Kids

By Ify Nwobi |

As a mother it's my responsibility to give something which has all goods essential and taste to my child because Kids have small tummies but a big appetite. So they are unable to meet their daily nutrition needs with just major meals. Apart from major meals, kids also like to eat chatar-patar, which means some kinds of snacks but providing healthy snacks is a big challenge for a mom. Millions of options are available in the market but according to me Snacks should be something which is appealing to the eyes before you taste it and healthy too.

Kids need some to munch on something between their meals as they usually get hungry. That's the time when they ask for snacks. The Snacks which we get in packages are extremely unhealthy, and they are fully packed with added sugars, artificial colors, refined flour, preservatives, and artificial ingredients.

Snacks can often be a big part of your kid's diet, so it's important that most of the snacks you give him or her are ones you feel good about. Kids have small tummies and a big appetite and so they are unable to meet their daily nutrition needs with just major meals.

Therefore, you need to choose snacks for your kids that are healthy, tasty and yet do not take up much of your time in the preparation.

Have them help!! Few kids will pass up tasting the fruits of their fun labor!!

Let them help with shopping & picking snacks they will enjoy(you don't have to allow choice of the entire grocery, just pick 5–10things that you approve of & allow them to pick what they want)

Make the snacks fun!! Fun looking, fun packaging, just something fun…a cartoon character package(baggie, storage container, cookie cutter, etc) makes anything more appealing :-)

Experiment & discover which preparation your kids prefer(roasted, raw, sauteed(with garlic, without), steamed, in a casserole, with cheese, etc)


Here are some healthy recipes for your kids.

Moringa Cocoa bites

Makes 10 bites


1 cup raw organic almonds

1 teaspoon moringa powder

8 dates pitted to sweeten

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

2 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions:

Throw moringa powder, almonds, cocoa and shredded coconut into a high-speed blender and blend.

Add the remaining ingredients to the blender.

Dump the mixture into a bowl. Roll about a teaspoon worth in hands to form a ball. Repeat until all of the mixture is used.

Store in a sealed container for up to 5 days.


Moringa Kale Chips

I was so excited to discover that kale can be made into chips. Hooray!! I love kale anything but to be able to snack on it like potato chips (except healthier) was beyond exciting. Try my current favorite recipe. Enjoy!!


Ingredients

6 ounces of kale, or about 1/2 of a bundle

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 chopped garlic cloves

2 chopped chives

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

1/4 teaspoon salt (sea salt)

1 teaspoon moringa powder

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

1 teaspoon lemon juice from (optional)


Preparation

Preheat the oven to 300F.

Wash your kale and tear it into large pieces. Add the kale and oil into a large mixing bowl. Massage the kale until it’s well coated in oil. Add the other ingredients and mix.

Spread the kale onto a baking sheet, giving the pieces as much space as possible. I use aluminum foil. Cook for about 20 minutes. If necessary cook for additional 5 minutes until crisp. After removing from the oven, let the kale chips cool before chowing down. Yum!.


MORINGA COCONUT BANANA BREAD ROLLS

This is one of our favorites and a great way to sneak in the veggies for kids. YUMTASTIC....!!!

MORINGA COCONUT BANANA BREAD ROLLS


6 ripe bananas

2/3 cups butter

1/2 cup honey

3 dates crushed

2 eggs

4 teaspoons of vanilla

2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups of Coconut flour


optional: walnuts, oringaa, cayenne pepper

Makes 12 rolls 


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Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Butter the pans

Mash up 6 ripe bananas with a mashed potatoes masher

In a bowl add 2/3 cup of grass-fed butter. (we love Kerrygold).

I cup of honey and the crushed dates (Add more if you want)

2 eggs

Mix in

4 teaspoons of vanilla (use Mexican Vanilla)

Mix in

Sprinkle 2 teaspoon of baking soda

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Mix in

Add 3 cups of Coconut flour 1/3 cup at a time

Mix in

Add in the next third

Mix in 

Add the last third

Mix in

Optional; Add Oringaa (Moringa powder)

Optional: Add nuts (walnuts) 

Optional: Add cayenne pepper

Mix in

Add mixture in the buttered pans. Brush egg whites on them for the glaze. Bake for an hour or until baked.

Use a butter knife or spatula to loosen the sides. Slowly bring them out...YUM!

Bon Appetit...!!!

Whenever your kid asks for snacks, it will be an excellent opportunity for you to feed your kid with more nutrients by giving healthy snacks and maintaining your kid's diet.

Whenever you get a chance like that, please make use of it and give you kids the whole food, which provides them with more nourishment and energy instead of processed food.
More Healthy Recipes not just for your kids but for the whole family here.

Love + miracles,

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