We must not forget the importance of the snack in the child’s routine. Now that the days are longer, it is of great importance that between lunch and dinner the child can recharge with an intermediate snack. That will prevent you from being hungry between meals and therefore from eating other unhealthy foods, such as sweets. This does not mean that you can never take them, but it should be the exception and not the norm.
The snack is also important for children because apart from being a recharge of energy to cope with the afternoon we will be establishing healthy eating habits , which are nutritious and healthy.
Then we leave you with a proposal of healthy and tasty recipes for children, from 2 years old.
1. FRUIT SKEWERS
The downside of this healthy recipe is that it is not possible if you are away from home, but if it is not the case it will become the perfect ally to ensure that your children eat fruit. To do this, with cookie molds, cut fruit slices with different shapes: hearts, stars, flowers, cars … In any home store you will find a wide range of possibilities. Then insert the fruits , you can combine different ones in each one so that it is not so repetitive. In the event that the fruits are acidic, you can add a splash of honey, which although it contains simple sugars is a natural sweetener with antioxidants and vitamins from which your child will benefit (remember that refined white sugar only sweetens with empty calories).
2. SNACK AND DAIRY
A classic, however, we can innovate and give it a twist by trying new flavors. For example, you can try serrano ham, finely sliced cheese from Burgos and natural, unprocessed tomato
You can even add a little bit of olive oil to it.
It is advisable that you choose to put the traditional bread instead of sliced bread and if it is wholemeal, all the better. However, if you have been giving the child non-whole wheat bread, try changing one of the two things first, and if he tolerates it, try the other later. If the change is too abrupt, you will only provoke an initial rejection. Other fillings that you can try are jams combined with cream cheese. If your child has weight problems, try to keep the cheese low in fat and the jam reduced in sugar.
On the other hand, a dairy such as a drinkable yogurt will give them energy but without filling them up.
3. STRAWBERRY FILLED CREPES
You can make homemade crepes or pancakes, it is a tasty recipe and also healthy if you make it at home. This way you control the ingredients they contain, without additives and without hydrogenated fats. If you want to make the recipe lighter, substitute whole milk for skimmed milk and butter for olive oil.
Once you have made the crepes you can fill them with whatever you want. Here the options are endless and all of them delicious, but without a doubt the healthiest option is to fill them with fruit compote. We have chosen strawberries for their colorful color, but you can choose the fruit you want. To do this, bring the chosen fruit to a boil and cook for a few minutes, then mash the fruit and add a little jam or honey. Once the filling is prepared, you just have to insert it into the crepes and roll it up.Your children will undoubtedly want to repeat!
4. NUTS FOR A QUICK SNACK
If you don’t have time to prepare anything, you can always opt for a handful of nuts. The healthiest option are those that are not salted, fried or covered with chocolate. The more natural the better. To finish, give him a skimmed yogurt (normal or drinkable) and you will ensure that your child is recharged with energy until the end of the day. The best thing about this snack is that it needs no preparation.
5. HOMEMADE POPCORN
Who Said Popcorn Is Unhealthy? They are very healthy !! That if, they have to be homemade. Microwave popcorn is not recommended for anyone , much less for children. Apart from the exaggerated amount of sodium and hydrogenated fats they also contain diacetyl , it is a chemical component that provides the aroma and flavor of butter to these popcorn, however it is toxic and interferes with the functionality of neurons in the brain. Furthermore, the perfluorooctanoic acid found in the lining of these bags is carcinogenic to animals, including humans.
To make delicious homemade popcorn, heat 1 or 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan and add half a cup of popcorn (you can buy whole grain corn in practically any kiosk or herbalist). Put a lid on the pan and wait for them to start to explode. To finish, add a few pinches of salt. Another option is to put the grains in a microwaveable bowl with a jet of water and a few grams of salt, cover it with plastic wrap (with some small holes to breathe) and put it on maximum power for 5 minutes. You already have a snack to accompany a good movie!
6. COOKIES OR HOMEMADE CAKE
The sponge cake or cookies with milk are another classic of Spanish snacks and breakfasts. In the case of cookies, they are nutritious and very practical because you can take them anywhere. However, the supermarket option is not very healthy because it contains hydrogenated fats and high amounts of sugar in most cases. Therefore, do them yourself, you will save money and they will be healthier. 4 or 5 cookies accompanied by a small piece of fruit will be a snack that your children will love.
7. TO THE DELICIOUS ICE CREAM!
Ice creams are an alternative that children love. Those made of ice do not have fat although they do have sugar. Those with cream are generally more caloric but it is okay to give them from time to time . If you also want to make sure that it is nourished correctly while enjoying it, you can mix the ice cream with fruit and add a splash of milk, then serve it in a glass. Another option is to serve the ice cream scoop with slices of fine fruit on top and a drizzle of chocolate or strawberry syrup on top, as a garnish. And even better, what if we choose to make our own homemade ice cream? Impossible for them to resist!