Healthier 'Junk Food'
Looking for quick and easy snack ideas that are healthier and your kids will totally go for? We have a few suggestions on some healthier 'junk food' that's perfect for their next after-school snack.
Kids more often than not, go straight for the junk-food pantry when they get home from school, because they're 'starving', it's yummy food and it's convenient. If you want them to choose something somewhat healthier than the regular pantry junk-food staples, here are some great substitutes you'll want to add to your grocery list. The bonus; not only will your child be eating healthier, you don't have to do any prepping and you can easily find these items at your local grocery store.
All of our items were purchased from either Loblaws or Shopper's Drug Mart.
If you haven't already read my post on healthy snack ideas click here for fun snack/lunch inspirations that require a tiny bit more prepping.
Note: I am not paid by any of these companies to advertise their products. All views expressed are my own.
TRY ADDING SOME OF THESE DELICIOUS HEALTHY FOODS TO YOUR PANTRY
Dried Fruit - When fruit is dehydrated it becomes more concentrated in nutrients. Some even have twice the amount of antioxidant concentration than they had when they were fresh.
Dried mangoes, apricots, raisins and cranberries are the most common, that kids will dig into. But if you want to try something a little different, try this bag of mixed fruit that has dried strawberries, pineapple and coconuts from Healthy and Happy. Or the orchard fruit blend bag with dried apples, pears and plums from President's Choice.
Yogurt covered raisins are a big hit with our kids too. You can usually find them in the bulk food section of your grocery store. When choosing any dried fruit bag, make sure to read the ingredients and watch for added sugar or corn syrup. The H & H bag has a little added sugar (not much) and the PC bag has none.
Nuts are always great - High in Iron and Fibre, they should be included as often as possible in your child's diet. Did you know that dark chocolate covered almonds contain 30% IRON and peanuts contain 24% FIBRE?! And if your child finds the regular salted peanuts boring/bland, change it up, and get the flavoured ones. I bet they're a big hit! Our favourite flavours are salt & vinegar and sea salt &