Nibbles in Between Meals – Do You Know the Ingredients of a Healthy Snack List?

Food is the main cause of today’s health problems, but at the same time food is also the solution. There are many pitfalls with the diet of today, because in diets there is no formula or a “ONE” size fits all strategy. There is increasing evidence showing that poor nutrition and chronic inflammation is damaging to most organs. The right choice of diet will depend on the type of illness you want to improve. One of the most important ways to change your lifestyle and eating habits is to change the kind of snacks that you consume. Healthy snacks will help cut your calorie intake and they will increase your nutritional intake. A healthy snack list is important so that you are aware of what is acceptable or not, especially if you need to make conscious decisions on eating a healthy diet. Some of the benefits of having a healthy snack list is that you are able to know what you are snacking on. Healthy snacks are nutritious so you enjoy better health and feel more energetic. The right snack list has fewer calories than sweet, salty and unhealthy snacks; they also help you to lose weight and keep weight off.

A tasty and nutritious snack

One of the most popular snack choices that are both nutritional as well as delicious is fruit. Fruits contain natural sugars, which makes them delicious and they work as a substitute especially when you are looking for something sweet to eat. They contain a lot of water which is perfect for keeping you hydrated and for detoxifying if need be. They have a high percentage of nutrients such as vitamins which are good for your body and your skin, and fruits are a good source of lasting energy. Such snack list should consist of apples, bananas, peaches, citrus fruits, mangos, watermelons, cantaloupes, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and so many more. Most of berries contain anthocyanins which gives the berries their deep blue purple colours. These are the pigments that fight inflammation and keep blood vessels clean. Fresh and dried fruits have roughly the same nutritional value so you can snack on both kinds. It is better to go for fresh fruit rather than canned fruit as fresh fruit does not have additives, preservatives, and in most cases no extra sugar.

Vegetables and fruit

Another option to include are vegetables which is a good combination with fruit. Vegetables have plenty of nutrients and lots of fibre which keeps you feeling full for longer and helps in bowel movements. Amongst many other benefits they improve your skin tone and texture and help in weight loss. This is because they have very little calories and they will fill you up for longer. A healthy vegetable snack list includes carrots, celery, broccoli, peas, beans, tomatoes, cauliflower, squash, zucchini, cucumbers and peppers as well as other vegetables. It is unfortunate that on an average 4 out of six people are failing to eat vegetables daily; that means missing out on the simplest and best health steps. Vegetables and fruits have been known to build up our immune system and keep it strong. There are many clever ways to boost your fruit and veggie snacks, test you skills and become creative.

Other snack list foods

Such other foods on the healthy snack list include nuts and whole grains. Nuts have a high calorie count but they also contain good oils which are essential for good hair, nails and skin development. They also keep you feeling full so that you are not tempted by unhealthy treats. It is best to eat unsalted nuts and do not eat too many at once, especially if you are watching your weight. Such as cashew nuts, peanuts, walnuts, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts and many others. As well in a snack list of dairy products and drinks, you can include low-fat dairy cheese, natural yogurt, fruit and vegetable smoothies, self-made fresh fruit juices. Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese are a good source of calcium. Also having some glasses of water in between keeps you hydrated and it does not contain any calories. Stay away from soft drinks, colas, health drinks and fruit juices of the shelves from stores.

Healthy Snack Ideas For Toddlers

I am going to give you some great ideas of healthy snacks for toddlers. It is so important to start their eating habits off healthy and EARLY. Try to avoid the junk foods and sugary sweets as snacks. Instead offer your child alternatives that are healthy and delicious. My son loves his healthy snacks and so do I.

Remember also depending on their age to be aware of foods that could be potential choking hazards. Always ask their pediatrician and do your research about age appropriate snacks.

Here are some snack ideas that include these 4 basic Food Groups. It is so important to include the food groups into every area of your toddlers diet. With 3 meals and 2 snacks given daily, this ensures that your toddler is receiving a well balanced diet.

FRUITS

Fruits are a given. They are like the best healthy snacks for toddlers. Apple slices to applesauce, bananas and oranges. Fruit is the best given to your child in the natural state if all possible. If you must give frozen or canned then do so. If you do choose canned then make sure it is in water or the natural juices. Try and avoid the fruit in the heavy syrup. You want the best healthy snacks for toddlers.

You can do so much with fruit. You can make smoothies or fruit kabobs. Make up some sugar-free jello and add some fruit. The possibilities are endless. My three year old prefers apple slices over anything. Fruit is a great snack. Remember to keep lots of fresh fruit in the house!!!

VEGETABLES

One of the things that I like to do is to keep fresh “raw” vegetables cut up and in plastic bags in the fridge. You have them on hand for snack time. Carrots, celery broccoli, cucumber slices. Every child is different when it comes to vegetables.(*Remember age appropriate to avoid potential choking hazards*)

My nephew loved tomatoes but my son, not so much. Remember to always keep offering different veggies to your children. Their taste buds may change and then they will start liking other vegetables. My son is 3 and finally now likes sweet peas. I kept offering them to him and now he will eat them.

Corn on the cob is a great healthy snack for toddlers. Yes I am serious! Fresh corn on the cob is great with no butter and salt. My toddler loves this. Who says that corn on the cob has to be served with meals only, not in my house it is a great snack!

*Healthy Tip* Have your toddler dip their vegetables in some yogurt. Yogurt serves as a great vegetable dip! Just use some plain yogurt. It’s healthy and makes the veggies taste great!! You can come up with so many of your own creations and lists of healthy snacks for toddlers.

DAIRY

Yogurt is the best!! Yogurt is a favorite in my house. Making smoothies with fruit or using it for vegetable dip. I was so glad that my toddler always had a love for yogurt. You can make some great parfaits by adding some fresh fruit.

I sometimes like to give my son some cheese cubes. This is not often. He from time to time prefers some cheese. He will ask me for some. You can buy the string cheese or cartoon character shaped cheeses. I do not recommend that you give them cheese often. It is not good for them in large quantities.

I also will buy sugar free ice cream and allow my toddler to have some for a snack. Another neat idea that you can do is freeze some yogurt. I will buy the Go-Gurts and stick them in the freezer. These make great popsicles that are a healthy alternative to ice cream. YUM!

GRAINS and BREADS

In our household we do not use white flour, or any products containing it. We use only whole wheat grains. Peanut Butter sandwiches are a great healthy snack for toddlers. You can also put some peanut butter on a wheat pita or a tortilla wrap. This makes it a little different than traditional PB and J’s.

My toddler did not like jelly and would not eat it. If your child likes jelly try looking into some healthier options. You could try by making your own homemade jelly, an alternative to those in the store. Trust me there are so many other products on the market.

You could take a bagel or a pita and make some little pizzas. My son loved these. They are great for a healthy little lunch option too. You can even allow them to help make up the pizza with you. They will get so excited to help. I will soon be offering some great toddler recipes for some healthy snacks for toddlers so stay tuned for more!!

It is so important that we as parents teach our children a healthy lifestyle. They will take these good habits with them as they grow older. I talk about the greatest gifts that we can give our children. Healthy eating is one of these gifts.