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20 Delicious And Healthy Snacks For Kids

20 Delicious And Healthy Snacks For Kids

Finding healthy snacks for kids that they will actually eat can be a huge pain. The good news is that there are plenty of foods you can use to tempt them without rotting their teeth. In fact, they’re sure to love them! Just never tell them that these snacks are good for them, we all know how kids react to that…

    1. Peanut Butter and Jelly Popsicles

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      This is the perfect combination of a beloved classic and a summertime snack. Considering that Australia can be compared to the surface of the sun at the moment, I’ll be trying these myself. As an added bonus, there’s no bread, so there’s less carbs!

      2. Sweet Potato Fries


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        Sweet potato fries are much healthier than the regular potato variety. Just make sure they’re baked and not fried.

        3. Light Beef Tacos

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          The lean beef and low fat corn tortillas make this snack a healthy snack for kiddos.

          I have to disagree with Martha on the guacamole, though. Guacamole is a perfectly healthy addition, particularly if it’s home made. Avocados contain good fat that’s beneficial for young and old bodies alike.

          4. Home made ice cream

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            Do you want to give the kids a treat and not worry about the sugar content? Make your own ice cream! You get to control the ingredients, as well as the amount of sweetness that goes into it. The above ‘honey macadamia gelati’ is just one of the many delicious home made recipes. I also recommend avocado ice cream with fresh strawberry coulis. It’s healthy and insanely delicious, trust me! The great news is that many of these recipes don’t even require an ice cream maker!

            5. Home made popsicles

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              This is the same as above, but without the dairy. If you’re in a hurry, simply blend a small amount of juice and water with the fruit of your choice and freeze them in popsicle molds. Voila!

              6. Smoothies

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                This is a fantastically healthy alternative to milkshakes! I’d also recommend sneaking in some undetectable vegetables, like avocado or spinach.

                7. Carrots with Peanut Dipping Sauce

                  This simple and crunchy snack proves that you can win friends with salad.

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                  8. Apple Pie Popcorn

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                    Apple pie and popcorn, together at last! Also, this snack is low on sugar and sodium!

                    9. Mini Turkey Burgers

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                      Just because McDonald’s is bad for your kids doesn’t mean that all burgers must be. These delicious mini turkey burgers make both a healthy and fun snack that children actually want to eat.

                      10. Healthy Strawberries and ‘Cream’

                        No recipe required for this easy snack. Simply dip fresh strawberries into vanilla yogurt. It’s a delicious treat!

                        11. Baked Zucchini Fries

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                          Who said fries couldn’t be green and healthy?

                          12. Cucumber Boats

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                            Not only are these super fun and healthy, they’re also a mild and fantastic gateway food into the world of curries.

                            13. Baked Onion Rings

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                              This is most definitely the one ring to rule them all. Plus, there’s no oil!

                              14. Paleo Pumpkin Cake Pops

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                                These cake pops may be gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free, but they’re certainly not free of tastiness!

                                15. Apple Chips

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                                  A fruity snack that will be the apple of your kids’ eyes.

                                  16. Chicken Tenders with Creamy Honey Mustard

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                                    Do  you want to go even healthier with this recipe? Skip the bread crumbs and serve grilled chicken instead.

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                                    17. Cheesy Cauliflower Boats


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                                      I know, another boat shaped snack. My solution is to make both and declare a vegetable war. Also, these looks so delicious and fun–a perfect incentive for kids.

                                      18. Monster Sandwiches

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                                        Why have boring old sandwiches when you can have monsters? Ham and cheese has never been more fun. I recommend using multigrain and wholemeal bread to make this a healthy snack for kids.

                                        19. Watermelon Pops

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                                          Jazz up boring old fruit by turning them into health lollipops! If it’s a particularly hot day, freeze those bad boys down beforehand.

                                          20. Grilled Zucchini Pizza Slices

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                                            This has all the fun of pizza without all of the bread! Everyone knows that the toppings are the best part!

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                                            Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                                            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                            The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                            At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                            Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                            One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                            When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                            So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                            Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                            This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                            Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                            When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                            Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                            One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                            Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                            An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                            When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                            Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                            Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                            We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                            By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                            Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                            While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                            I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                            You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                            Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                            When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                            Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                            Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                            Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                            One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                            Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                            Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                            This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                            While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                            Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                            Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                            This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                            For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                            Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                            Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                            For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                            To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                            Final Thoughts

                                            Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                            We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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