Everyone loves junk food. Some people even crave the delicious tastes of these ready-to-eat food items, which are more loved by children. However, parents should know that too much eating of junk foods by their children or themselves might lead to an unhealthy lifestyle. Set a good example for your children and learn how to replace junk foods with healthier snacks.
Choosing Healthy Snacks over Junk Food
Junk food pertains to any food item that contains low or no nutritional value such as chips, candy, or candy bars. These type foods should be limited. However, today, it seems that these types of foods as snacks are consumed by lots of people of all ages, especially young children. You do not want junk foods to consume your child, so how exactly can you keep your child away from these unhealthy snacks?
As a parent, you know for a fact that junk foods won’t make your children healthy, and it could be difficult to find ways to prevent them from craving it, as they are found everywhere. In this case, what you need is an effective alternative to junk food. Junk food has given “snacking” a bad reputation. Having a snack between meals, however, is never a bad idea, if your snack choices are healthier ones.
So, if you want to give your child or yourself a healthy snack, consider the following:
The fat with microwave brands may be a mere negative here. You can go for healthier versions, having 98 percent fat-free. When you choose plain popcorn, it is fine to sprinkle a bit of butter (no trans-fat). It is better than those full-fat brands in which you cannot control the added fat. Choose to purchase the popcorn kernels and invest in a great air-popper for a great snack. You can sprinkle a little cinnamon, Parmesan, garlic, or other seasonings on your popcorn to make it tasty.
Ice Cream –
Ice cream? Did I just suggest that? Let’s be real. Everyone knows ice cream is not a daily snack. However, sometimes you just gotta have it. There are some fine choices in ice cream land. Breyer’s Light Vanilla can be one of the best tastings. Sprinkle a little cinnamon on a small dish and enjoy!
If you have a sweet tooth and you just need a sweet snack, dark chocolate could be very delicious. Choose a small bar of dark chocolate that has a higher content of cocoa, it is filled with antioxidants and even a little fiber too. Eat it in moderation.
Frozen Yogurt/Yogurt –
If your child does not like drinking milk, yogurt can be a great alternative source for calcium. Yogurt does not require sugar in order to taste good. Purchase plain yogurt and complement it with something, such as fruit and low-fat granola, for a healthy snack.
Fruit and Fruit Smoothies –
Smoothies make a great snack choice. For a sustainable, complete snack, you can produce some fruit smoothies for yourself or your child. The dairy should sustain you. Add a variety of fruit and some Greek yogurt and a smoothie will taste as good or better than other sweets and they’re healthier too.
Frozen Fruit/Popsicles Bars –
While we are on the subject of healthy fruits snacks lets add frozen fruit popsicle bars as a choice. You can make your own or choose from some healthier versions out there. There are a few excellent choices around, including the 100 percent fruit-juice selections.
Cookies are something that kids will enjoy. When you think cookies, you probably are thinking Oreos or Nabisco Chocolate Chip cookies. Although they sound good those are not the ones I’m talking about. Do some research and find recipes for healthier cookies. Your kids won’t know the difference. I used to make Zucchini cookies for my kids, and they loved them. You can get very creative here. If you have a child who is picky about their vegetables, well they will get them in those delicious healthy, cookies that you made from scratch.
Crackers and Cheese –
This can be another great choice for a snack when you choose a reduced-fat cheese. Reduced fat means a greater amount of protein. Crackers must be low-fat, wholegrain in order for it to be considered a healthy snack. If the cracker contains more fat usually means more trans-fat. There are some really good choices for wholegrain crackers and cheese.
Sometimes kids and adults just want something crunchy to munch on. Cereal can be a good choice for a healthy snack, but make sure to choose low-sugar, high-fiber cereals. There are a few multigrain choices out there like Cheerios that you can mix with some granola, coconut and dark chocolate chips or raisins for a healthy snack. You may also want a warm cereal for a snack. Oatmeal would make a great choice.
I hope these ideas give you some help in making healthy snack choices instead of grabbing the more popular junk food snacks. Get creative and get your kids to help you make some healthy snacks to share.
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To your health!