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10 Healthy And Yummy Snacks that Your Kids Will Love

10 Healthy And Yummy Snacks that Your Kids Will Love

Snacking plays an important role in providing necessary nutrients for your children. At the same time, they should be living a healthy lifestyle with proper nutrition. The kinds of food they eat affect their development and well-being. But to get rid of the unhealthy meals your kids used to eat is often hard to do. There are, however, a number of snacks that are both healthy and delicious. These kid-friendly recipes will boost not only your children’s nourishment, but also their interest to start living a healthy lifestyle.

1. Warm Banana Roll-ups

Warm Banana Roll-ups

    Bananas are, indeed, sweet and rich in vitamins. There are many incredible ways to make bananas. These yummy banana roll-ups will surely get every kid’s heart. This is a great snack with peanut butter rolled in a tortilla. It’s creamy on the inside and crispy on the outside!

    2. Fresh Fruit Lollipops

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    Fresh Fruit Lollipops

      Finally, your children can enjoy healthy lollipops in many flavors for a healthy lifestyle. These fruit lollipops are kid-friendly snacks that your children will get tremendously excited about and look forward to every day! It’s a brand new way to enjoy fruity lollipops!

      3. Baked Sweet Potato Fries

      Baked Sweet Potato Fries

        Every kid gets excited about french fries in local restaurants. But these sweet potato fries are even more delicious, and certainly far healthier! This wholesome snack is baked to a crispy perfection with a tender center.

        4. Mango Fruit Roll-ups

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        Mango Fruit Roll-ups

          Mangoes have essential vitamins that your body needs. They are rich in Vitamin C, which helps boost your child’s immune system. Besides, they may be the tastiest of all fruits. These creatively delicious mango roll-ups are way more appetizing than other, less healthy treats.

          5. Baked Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

          Baked Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

            Cheese sticks are a favorite of both kids and adults. This kind of snack is great to bring to school. It would also be perfect for watching movies (especially if what you are used to having during movies is popcorn). These cheese sticks are baked instead of fried, making them far healthier.

            6. No-Bake Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Bars

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            No-Bake Honey Nut Cheerios Snack Bars

              Snack bars are ideal for breakfast and light meals. Make them even more eye-catching to kids using colorful yet great-tasting cereals that will make their mornings bright and full of energy! Serve your children these enticing no-bake snack bars that you can make in just few minutes.

              7. Chocolate Covered Banana & Peanut Butter Bites

              Chocolate Covered Banana & Peanut Butter Bites

                Kids always want to eat sweet chocolates. It may be a fantastic surprise for them if their favorite fruit were also hidden inside these chocolate bites—the flavors complement each other perfectly! Your children will absolutely love the sweet, heavenly taste found in each and every bite.

                8. Peanut Butter Apple Nachos

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                Peanut Butter Apple Nachos

                  These are an incredible tasty finger-food mixed up with peanut butter and delightful sweets. It makes a lot of sense—you get to enjoy apples nacho style in an even healthier and more convenient way. This is a wonderful and delicious combination of flavors. And it’s not only for the kids, but for the whole family!

                  9. Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

                  Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips

                    What could be more tempting than these baked cinnamon apple chips that kids will truly love and appreciate? The appetizing crunch of these baked apple chips could be the start of healthy snacking for a lifetime. You can prepare them in many ways, depending on your preference.

                    10. Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas

                    Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas

                      Bananas, chocolate chips, and peanut butter make this nutritious snack irresistible to kids. It is an easy and quick fruity recipe that you can make in a number of fantastic ways. If you think your kids love strawberries or any other fruit, they can easily be substituted for the bananas. Mix them up with sweets that your children like.

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                      Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                      1. Cat Camel Stretch

                      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                      3. Jumping Jacks

                      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                      4. Abductor Side Lifts

                      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                      5. Balancing Table Pose

                      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                        6. Leg Squats

                        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                        7. Push Ups

                        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                        8. Bicycle Crunches

                        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                        9. Lunges

                        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                        10. Bicep Curls

                        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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