Have you surrendered searching for nutritious snacks that your children will love? Many parents overlook the fact that a child’s academic performance is directly related to his or her diet. It is hard to focus and retain information if the body is lacking the proper combination of nutrients. We all know that kids are so picky with their snacks, but they will definitely love yogurt, berries, bananas, peanut butter, and watermelon if they see it included in their lunch box.
Yogurt contains important nutrients for your kid’s health including calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, vitamin D, magnesium, and potassium. The popular ingredient of yogurt are probiotics that help in regulating the digestive system. The best way to consume healthy bacteria that is good for digestion is through consuming yogurt full of probiotics that are effective in reducing occurrence of bloating, gas, constipation, and diarrhea. As compared to milk (with 100 mg per eight ounces), an eight-ounce of low-fat plain yogurt contains 400mg of calcium. Greek yogurt varieties are creamy when frozen, and they can be made into homemade fruit pops or salad dressing that your kids will surely love. You can also make fruit and yogurt almond tart or multiple layered yogurt dips. Berries are kids’ favorite because there are not only delicious but also full of nutritional goodness. Raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries have vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants. Berries can be poured into yogurt and oatmeals or served freeze-dried as a healthy snack. Berries help in fighting off sugar cravings so your kids can stay away from unhealthy foods. Today, it is easy to sell the healthy benefits of bananas because of the release of the Minions and Despicable Me movies. Bananas are fully loaded with potassium which is helpful in regulating blood pressure and proper heart rhythm. It can be mixed with veggies and yogurt too!
A tablespoon of peanut butter contains protein, magnesium, and vitamins which are important for energy, a great addition to your kid’s lunchbox. You can opt-in to naturally produced peanut butter because processed ones are high in sugar. Watermelon is the official fruit treat for summer, and a great treat for school, that is high in antioxidants, amino acids, vitamin C and vitamin A. Parenting is a lifetime responsibility so we need to be mindful of our children’s nutrition, and get involved in their lives by learning about what they love and what they want. Parents should be patient to find ways on how to encourage their children to eat the right foods, which are nutritious and delicious. Despite of your busy schedule, find time to read online blogs about parenting and good nutrition. Play with your children, talk to them, and eat together to build precious moments that your children will bring until they become adults.