Snack time is the best time to add healthy foods to your diet. Although there are numerous packaged snacks available in the market, it is best to avoid them due to the high content of artificial ingredients. Here we have some easy-to-prepare, nutrients-packed snacks that will be loved by both adults and kids.
1. Yogurt and fruits
Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and protein, which is beneficial to both adults and kids. Calcium plays an important role in developing the bones of kids, and the protein found in yogurt is known for increasing strength and boosting metabolism. Especially for kids, always go for full-fat, plain yogurt. You can use fruits or a couple of tablespoons of honey to add some sweetness. But make sure not to give honey to children under the age of 12 months as they are at a higher risk of developing an infection known as botulism, which is found in honey.
One of the best ways to add a fun twist to plain yogurt is to eat it as a dip with some slices of pears, apples, bananas or strawberries.
2. Hard-boiled eggs
An instant boost of iron and protein, eggs can be used to prepare numerous healthy snacks for breakfast and brunch. You can take half a dozen peeled hard-boiled eggs, slice them, add boiled vegetables, sprinkle salt and pepper and you are good to go. Or, you can mash the hard-boiled eggs, add one to two tablespoons of mayonnaise, and boiled vegetables to curb your hunger. Another way to experiment with the hard-boiled eggs is to add mashed ones to mayonnaise and mix it well to use it as a dip with multi-grain crackers or raw vegetables.
3. Celery with raisins and peanut butter
This is popularly known as ants on a log. If your kid is fussy about eating vegetables, try this fun snack to add a healthy quotient to their diet. Celery, peanut butter, and raisins provide a balance of protein, carbs, and fat. It is also a great snack item for adults.
To make a healthy snack out of these three foods, all you need to do is take a celery stalk and cut it into two to three pieces. Take a spoonful or two of peanut butter and spread it inside the celery. Now, place a few raisins on the peanut butter spread. Make sure you get peanut butter without vegetable oils or added sugar.
A great breakfast for both adults and kids, oatmeal is packed with soluble fiber that helps in increasing the good bacteria in the digestive tract. You must avoid the oatmeal that is loaded with artificial sweeteners; instead, choose rolled or whole oats. Try adding some diced apples or bananas or drizzle honey for sweetness.
5. Fruit smoothies
One of the best ways to pack a lot of nutrients into one healthy snack is to have a fruit smoothie. You can add fresh vegetables in the smoothie for some extra nutrients. Do not use any packaged fruit juices but opt fresh fruits, berries, and whole or almond milk.