Did you know that nutritious refreshments made from healthy snack recipes for kids may not only be a body and brain booster, but that it also may have a huge impact on your child's mood?
Well, everyone is familiar with the saying "you are what you eat", yet I bet many, like myself, think this just refers to a person's body shape.
However, what you put in your mouth has just as much impact on how you feel, your mood. And this seems to be especially pronounced with children.
Experts believe that certain healthy foods induce feelings of well-being and happiness in a child, while foods that are less nutritious are more likely to cause a poor mood.
Also, children who are particularly sensitive to certain food preservatives and additives often seem to be affected the most.
Furthermore, it is also thought that symptoms of ADHD and other behavioral disorders can be magnified when the child has a poor diet.
So what are the foods and ingredients to avoid?
Well, let's first take a look at the "Grumpy Food Groups".
Sugar, unhealthy fats and salt are the main culprits when it comes to ingredients in food that are most likely to cause poor or bad moods in children.
However, according to Dr. Sears, specific foods that cause low mood will vary from child to child, as some children are more sensitive to certain ingredients than others.
Dr. Sears goes on to recommend that parents who wish to see an improvement in their child's mood should avoid making snacks for kids that involve chips, cookies and candy.
It is also thought that most microwave meals, junk food, and soda are inductive to causing depressive symptoms in children.
Bad mood foods usually contain something known as refined carbohydrates, which are known for releasing the particular stress hormones linked to mood disruption in both children and adults.
So if you find your children to be moody for no apparent reason, it may pay off looking more closely into their diet. It may not have anything to do with their diet, but it could have. And then you can do something about it.
If your child is generally in good spirits and seems emotionally well-balanced, then there is a good chance they are receiving a nutritious diet. (Again, there may be so many different factors at play that it is difficult to isolate just one and say, this is the reason, but healthy foods may be a very good contributor to emotional balance).
Certain complex carbohydrates, such as those found in whole grain pasta, whole grain bread, oatmeal and brown rice can help maintain your child's good mood as they help stabilize their blood sugar levels.
Small snacks for kids that include chicken, bananas, leafy green vegetables and even dark chocolate all have a positive effect on a child's mood. This is because these foods release a brain chemical called dopamine, which induces feelings of contentment and happiness.
Also, foods containing Omega-3 acid, selenium and folic acid are all known to help prevent feelings of depression.
So, now that we know the importance of good mood foods, how about we get started playing around with some healthy snack recipes for kids.
So with no further ado, here is a list of healthy snack recipes for kids that contain no sugar and that are (for the most part) made from scratch with only healthy vegetables, fruits and protein sources.
This quick kids snack is so simple and quick to do, and is ideal for toddlers as an after daycare finger food snack.
All you need is whole grain pasta, shrimps, orange juice, and tomatoes.
Not only does this healthy snack make an excellent mid-afternoon snack, it is also high in Omega-3 and whole grain carbohydrates to help lift your kid's afternoon mood.
Tip: I usually serve this dish in a cup in order to make it snack size.
This one of healthy snack recipes for kids is great if your kids need a bit more energy before physical activity. You can also easily use it as a main meal.
What you need is: chicken, cucumber, bell pepper, tomatoes, whole grain tortilla wrap, olive oil and cream cheese. For a bit of spark you can also use garlic, soy sauce and peanut butter.
This tasty snack is a definite bad-mood blaster by containing Omega-3 and vitamin B6 among others.
These delicious fruit chips are so easy and quick to make, and all you need are apples and cinnamon. That was simple, right?
These banana mango cakes are so easy to do, because there really is no fixed recipe. You just more or less put in what you feel like in the amounts that suit you. However, you do need the banana to hold it all together.
In this version I have used oats, grated coconut, chopped walnuts, dates, mango and mashed banana.
For a lengthy period of time these funky asparagus in a blanket was a weekly treat that I made in the weekends for my son. He more or less expected them. Not only are they incredibly tasty, they are also very handy and fun to eat.
All you need is asparagus and Serrano ham.
This example of healthy snack recipes for kids contains a good amount of folic acid and vitamin B-12.
Because these nutrients work to boost your child's energy, as well as their mood, it makes for an excellent mid-morning snack.
Simply mix one carton of plain yogurt with some oatmeal and add some fruit pieces of your choice - Here I have used and strawberries.
A small portion of scrambled egg topped with thinly slice apple pieces packs a real nutritional punch.
Here I also added a little bit of soy sauce to the eggs to give it all a bit of saltiness.
Also some non-salty wholegrain crackers with cream cheese. Not only does this easy dish contain Vitamins C and A, it also contains various antioxidants and fiber, all of which help aid your child's digestive system.
This rainbow is do easy to do and a lot of fun to eat.
Not only is this dish nice to eat, you can also have fun talking about the colors while your child eats.
Whoever said the simple things in life are often the best was right. This one of easy healthy snack recipes for kids recipe takes next to no time to create and tastes absolutely heavenly.
Fill a sandwich bag with almond and walnuts mixed together with cereal and oatmeal for a quick snack mix recipe your child can eat on the move.
If you are worried about your child's weight, then it may be an idea to keep an eye on how many calories they are consuming in a day.
A healthy diet and low calorie snacks for kids should make a difference to your child's weight over time.
The following foods are ideal for low calorie snacks:
This was the end of my healthy snack recipes for kids article. I hope you found some useful inspiration to try out. If you're looking for more healthy no sugar snack recipes for kids, please dive into one of my other articles below.
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