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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 January 17, 2019

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                      In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                      Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                      Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                      Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                      Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                      The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                      There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                      How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                      According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                      Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                      Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                      The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                      Listen carefully:

                      We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                      The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                      Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                      8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                      There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                      Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                      1. Pray Daily

                      You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                      When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                      Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                      Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                      2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                      A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                      By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                      Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                      If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                      This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                      How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                      3. Smile Often

                      Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                      Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                      Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                      The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                      4. Organize Your Working Desk

                      A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                      When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                      Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                      Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                      5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                      I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                      Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                      What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                      6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                      God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                      I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                      I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                      7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                      You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                      How do you do that? This is my formula:

                      First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                      If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                      If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                      If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                      Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                      8. Go Exercise

                      Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                      The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                      You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                      12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                      The Bottom Line

                      It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                      It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                      Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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