Hey guys! To quote the wise words of my toddler last week after asking him to sit down for dinner, “I don’t want to eat meals, I only want to eat snacks.” What is it about snacks that are so exciting and inviting to kids? I can literally tell my child to sit down for dinner, and he beelines for the nearest exit. But if I tell him I have snack for him, he’s directly at my side waiting. For whatever reason, kids just love snacks. So what better way then to snack on healthy foods, a great supplement, or some vitamins? With preparing for back to school in full swing, we thought it would be fun to recommend our top snacks for kids. You never know, with these snacks, your child may get some much needed nutrients too!
Go to snacks to boost your child’s immunity
During the beginning of the school year, your kids are exposed to lots of new germs. You may not be able to be there during school to make them wash their hands all day, but you can help with these great tips! What your kids eat can have a grateful impact on their immunity.
A well balanced diet is the key to a healthy new school year. Certain fruits and vegetables contain phytonutrients such as vitamin C and carotenoids, which can help to boost your child’s immune system. Strawberries, blueberries, oranges, green beans, and carrots contain antioxidants and phytonutrients that can help to increase your child’s production of infection-fighting white blood cells and interferons which will help them fight off illness. Children are more motivated to try new things when they are involved in the process. Let them go to the store with you and pick out their own snacks for the new year. Allowing them to become involved in their own diet will motivate them to try new things.
After School Snacks
After a long day at school, your kids are gonna come barging through the front door begging for food! Here are some of my favorite after school snacks that your kids are going to love. Don’t worry, you don’t have to tell them they’re healthy. This is a great way to get your kids involved and can make a really fun activity for everyone!
A really fun product that you can use to create your snacks is this unique product called FunBites. Your kids will love the fact that they can play with their food and make all these fun shapes. It gets them excited to eat and provides another way to get them involved in packing their own lunches or snacks for school. All kids like to play with their food right?
I know that some days, it is not possible to find the time to make a homemade snack. So, I always stock my pantry with a variety of healthy snacks that I take with me everywhere! Below are some of my favorite brands and products.
I am a huge smoothie fanatic. I make one for myself almost every morning to get the day started. My kids love making them with me and I even get away with calling them milkshakes. If they think they are drinking a dessert, I’m going to keep it that way. A great healthy addition to your smoothie is to add a few drops of elderberry syrup to the recipe. Although there is no magic medicine to help prevent illness, elderberry has been used since the ancient times to help promote immunity! This can be used similar to a daily vitamin. Please remember there are contradictions and limitations to elderberry, so it is imperative that you discuss with your doctor whether it is appropriate for your child to start taking this supplement. Children under the age of 1 should not take elderberry. Please make sure your doctor goes over the appropriate dosing with you.
Stock Up Your Pantry
Buddy Fruits is always stocked in my kitchen for my 2 year old. He doesn’t eat veggies so this is the perfect way to sneak in those nutrients without him knowing. I also love the size of their packs! They provide the perfect amount of food and we never have to waste any. They have tons of flavors he loves and never knows when I give him the veggie ones because they’re so good. Pure Growth Organic is another amazing organic snack company that has a huge variety of snacks to choose from! Plus the kids love the cartoons on their packaging. Without a doubt, Buddy Fruits and Pure Growth go in to my son’s lunch box everyday. We are huge fans of a brand called Nosh. They have great snacks for infants during the teething stage and they also make healthy rice cakes for toddlers. Every time I leave the house, one of these snacks is guaranteed to be stuffed in my bag for emergency moments! I hope this was helpful and gave you some great ideas on snacking while keeping you little one’s healthy.
XO, CG, AS and KF