Kids tend to play a lot and all of that play requires fuel. Keeping your children healthy and active is important, especially during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown that many of us are experiencing here in the UK. To do this, we need to keep them fueled and that means healthy, nutritious meals and plenty of snacks.
Choosing the wrong snacks can have an opposite effect, however. If you give your children snacks that are high in sugar and low in any nutritional value, they will have a short term burst of energy, but become sedentary later on when the sugars wear off.
So, how do you choose healthy, nutritious snacks for your children? Keep reading to find out as we share some of our favourite snacks that kids love and that will give them the energy they need to stay active. Let’s get started:
Favourite Snacks That Kids Love
Granola Bars-granola bars are healthy, nutritious and, best of all, they taste great. Children love granolas bars because they are usually full of their favourite flavours including chocolate, peanut butter, and coconut. Many granola bars also include dried fruits and nuts such as raisins, blueberries, apples, peanuts and more. Granola bars are a concentrated source of healthy vitamins and minerals which can provide kids, and adults, with sustainable energy for work or play.
Energy Balls-similar to granola bars, but more fun for kids to eat, energy balls can be made at home and your children can help. Energy balls are made of various ingredients like oats, dried fruit, coconut flakes, nut butters and honey, maple syrup or other natural sweeteners.
Jerky- beef jerky is a healthy, delicious snack that is high-protein and that ensures balanced snacking. A typical serving of beef jerky contains around 8 grams of protein which can give children the long term fuel they need for extended play or learning. Alternatively, you can also find salmon, chicken, or turkey jerky.
Berries- fresh blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. Fresh berries are excellent snack for children because they provide them with a wide range of vitamins and antioxidants and can curb their cravings for something sweet.
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