Healthy Snacks to Try With Your Kids
If youre looking for healthier recipes to try with your kids this year, youre not alone. According to the CDC, childhood obesity has doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past three decades alone. And in 2012, nearly twenty-percent of children between the ages of six and eleven were overweight or obese. Because avoiding childhood or adolescent obesity can reduce the risk of future health issues, eating healthier snacks can be a great way to help them set the right habits at an earlier age. So where to begin? Heres a list of our three favorite nutritious snacks. 1. Jicama Fries If youre looking for a suitable french fry substitution, this ones definitely worth a try. Jicama is a root vegetable thats got plenty of Vitamin C, fiber, and low in calories. Because of its crunchy texture, its the perfect understudy for the common diced potato. And because of its mild flavor, it does an excellent job at absorbing other flavors. To get the recipe, head over to Super Healthy Kids for the step-by-step. 2. Homemade Fruit Leather Homemade fruit leather is a great way to trick your kids into eating more fruit. And because youre making it yourself, youll be able to control the amount of preservatives and sugar intake. If youve ever made your own applesauce before, this recipe picks up from where you left off. Heavenly Homemakers has the recipe on their website. 3. Homemade Granola Bars While granola is nothing new, were always on the look out for more minimalist and portable ways to make this classic nutritious treat. If youre looking for something thats easy to make, this is your go-to snack. The kind folks over at Minimalist Baker cooked up a way to make some with just five ingredients. Head over to their site to check it out!