Today we want to share with you some recipes to prepare for your little ones, which can be used as Healthy snacks for school.
According to WHO (World Health Organization), if current trends in nutrition are maintained, the number of overweight infants and young children will increase to 70 million by 2025. If we don’t have any intervention in those bad habits, those children will remain obese during adolescence and adulthood.
As moms we always look for the best for our children, we want them to have an adequate growth, development, and stability, which can be achieved when they consume a large variety of foods in sufficient quantities, including all groups. Don’t forget that while being in a stage of growth, their bodies have very high needs of energy and nutrients.
Infant nutrition is a key factor for the proper growth of people. It is important that we encourage our children from childhood to enjoy healthy snacks, while keeping them away from junk food.
Frequently we make some mistakes when we feed our children, such as:
- Portions are too big.
- Very high content of simple sugars.
- Little water intake, which is replaced by sugary drinks and juices.
- Diets with insufficient supply of fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
- High consumption of processed foods and fast foods.
A healthy life is always linked to exercise, so let’s turn off the television for a moment and encourage your children to do at least one hour of exercise daily, simple things like playing ball outside, walk or dance, with this we’ll be avoiding a sedentary lifestyle and creating excellent habits for the future.
We know that we grownups usually don’t have a whole lot of time, so we’ll give you some healthy, easy, and delicious ideas for you to choose from, for your children’s school lunchboxes.
Chocolate-vegetables muffins. To see the recipe, click HERE.
Baked apple chips with cinnamon. To prepare it, you just need to cut the apples in thin slices. Then, place them over a baking tray with parchment paper. Sprinkle powdered cinnamon, and bake for 2 hours at 275°F (140°C).
Wraps with vegetables and cheese. For this you can use whole-wheat tortillas, which you can fill with low-fat cream cheese or another type of cheese, such as Queso Fresco. Add tomato and lettuce, and it’s also great with green beans. You can also add shredded chicken or tuna.
Fruits. Ideally, use seasonal fruits, these will always be a good alternative.
Chocolate-almond balls. For this recipe you just need to mix in a food processor 1 cup of almonds, 6 dates, 2 Tbsp. of sugar-free powdered cocoa, 1/2 cup of water, 2 Tbsp. of almond butter (you may also replace with peanut butter). Form the balls, and roll them over shredded coconut, or you may also use powdered cocoa.