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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 16, 2019

                                            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                            You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                            We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                            The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                            Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                            1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                            Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                            For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                            • (1) Research
                                            • (2) Deciding the topic
                                            • (3) Creating the outline
                                            • (4) Drafting the content
                                            • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                            • (6) Revision
                                            • (7) etc.

                                            Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                            2. Change Your Environment

                                            Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                            One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                            3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                            Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                            Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                            My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                            Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                            4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                            If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                            Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                            I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                            5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                            I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                            Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                            As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                            6. Get a Buddy

                                            Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                            I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                            7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                            This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                            For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                            8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                            What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                            9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                            If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                            Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                            10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                            Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                            Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                            11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                            At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                            Reality check:

                                            I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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