Healthy Snacks for Kids

When food is prepared thoughtfully and beautifully, even the most basic meal becomes an experience. You can’t wait to try it. Once you start eating, you want to savor it.

But getting your kids to eat healthy snacks can feel like the opposite. Your child may balk at anything he thinks is healthy. She may be picky or prefer sweet or fatty foods.

You probably wouldn’t say that your child loves the snacks so much they can’t wait to eat them. And savoring them? Not likely.

But sometimes, the solution is easier than it seems.

Think about your snacks like a fine chef. Find ways to prepare your food beautifully. Make common foods seem unusual. Add interesting flavors or combinations.

Sometimes just changing the food a little bit can make your child dig in.

Try packaging healthy snacks in cool containers. Bento boxes are always fun and now there are many variations available in department stores.Have your child make their snacks. If he makes the food, he may be more interested in eating it. Try buying him a cookbook so he can pick his own recipes.Decorate your fruits. Fruits satisfy the craving for sweets but provide more vitamins and nutrients than sugary snacks. If a plain piece of fruit is unappealing, try fruit kabobs. You can even use a sharp potato peeler to make long strips of melon. Roll the melon strips like sushi and dip in a yogurt sauce.Make fruit juice popsicles. To make interesting popsicles, try adding berries inside the juice or layer the juice with yogurt. You can even layer yogurt, granola and fruit to make breakfast popsicles.Make kale chips. Toss kale with olive oil and salt. Cook at 275° until brown. Kale chips are much healthier than packaged potato or corn chips.Make bean and rice quesadillas for a hearty snack. Experiment with different salsas to add variety.Keep hard-boiled eggs in your refrigerator for quick snacks. Try decorating the shells like Easter eggs to make them pretty.Keep carrot sticks available. Cut the carrots and put them in a glass of water in the refrigerator. The water keeps them especially fresh and crisp.Use hummus for dipping chips or vegetables.Drink fruit smoothies. For extra energy, add a scoop of protein powder. Buy curly straws for even more fun.Go classic with ants-on-a-log. Many kids love the celery, peanut butter and raisin combination.Bake homemade sweet potato chips. Toss sweet potato wedges with olive oil and salt. Bake at 425° for 20-25 minutes. For extra flavor, add some chili powder.Serve fruit salad in an ice cream cone.Make melon balls. Better yet, have your kids make melon balls. Then use the melon rind as a bowl for yogurt.Make homemade fruit leather. Cut the leather with a cookie cutter to make shapes.

Making your snacks fun and interesting may get your child interested in eating them. Sometimes presentation is all that matters.

However, strong junk food cravings can be a sign of imbalance. If your child craves one type of food over another, I recommend an acupuncture tune-up.  Give me a call to schedule an appointment.

About Geoffrey He

Dr. Geoffrey He graduated in 1998 with Bachelor of Medicine majored acupuncture (Chinese medicine). He then worked as resident in Heilongjiang Province Hospital of China for five years. At the same time he furthered his education and acquired Bachelor of Medicine majored in Clinical Medicine (western medicine).He started his private practice in 2003 in Sydney and then moved to Adelaide in 2006 to pursue his special interest in pain management and fertility studies in combined Chinese medicine and traditional medicine.He has been practiced acupuncture and Chinese medicine for over twenty years treating general conditions with extensive experience in gynaecological disorders and infertility, stress related conditions and facial acupuncture, he is highly experienced in clinical medicine for pain management (Neurological Medicine), gynaecological disorders, fertility assistance (IVF) and cosmetic acupuncture. He is special interest in the area of Post Injury Management and General Practice in Chinese Medicine.Focusing on an intuitive level to suit each individual, Geoffrey's approach is rooted in the strong link between physical, mental and emotional health and the underlying cause of disharmony. Treatment is supported by additional lifestyle advice with an emphasis on empowering patients to achieve a healthy balance in their lives."I was trained in Western Conventional Medicine and Chinese Medicine with over 15 years clinical practicing experience including ten years in Australia, I combine the techniques of Modern Medicine and the art of healing from Chinese Medicine to help people get their natural and healthy life." - Dr Geoffrey x He