One of the challenges for parents, especially moms, these days is providing healthy snacks for their children when they go to school. Some either don't have time to shop for healthy ingredients and prepare, while others just don't know which snacks fall under the 'healthy' category.
Giving your child money and letting him decide what snack to get at school is not really a good idea. A child is generally drawn to sweet stuff, and that's what he would probably buy with his money. Driving through a fast food restaurant to buy his snacks before dropping him off to school is not a better idea either. You'll just be loading his body with unhealthy ingredients.
Well, there are snacks you can prepare that won't be harmful to your kid and don't take hours to prepare. Here are some of them:
Peach pops – Kids (of all ages) love those literally cool pops. Instead of giving your kid one that's laced with preservatives, why not make your own? You can use peach (or any of your kid's fave fruit, for that matter) to make a peach puree and have it frozen.
Watermelon salsa – If your kid loves tortilla chips (who doesn't?), Instead of making tomato salsa, make it more exciting by substituting it with watermelon. This is especially ideal during those hot days.
Pick those pickles – Certainly, you can get preserved pickles from the grocery. But there's just nothing better than something made in your own home. Your own loving touch adds something more into the food that no food shop can give. Pickles can be prepared in a jiffy, plus they can stay in your fridge for up to 10 days.
Polenta biscotti – These crisp golden slices can make a nice contrast when paired with fruit or a warm drink (like tea). The name of this snack may sound intimidating, but you really don't have to be an expert baker to make them. You only need a few basic ingredients and some kitchen magic.
Cornish pasties – This snack is well-known and well-loved throughout Great Britain. It's excellent for your kid's lunch or snack box. You can even have it as a main course dish by serving it with fresh vegetables.
Yogurt smoothie with banana – Nothing beats fresh fruit as a healthy snack choice. And if you combine fruit like banana with dairy, you have a mini-meal that's both filling and good for the health.
These are some snack ideas that you can prepare for your kid without compromising his health. This can give you peace of mind that he consumes only the good stuff every time he's in school.