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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 August 12, 2019

                                            12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                            12 Best Foods That Improve Memory and Brain Health

                                            Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                            But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                            I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                            Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory and brain power:

                                            1. Nuts

                                            The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                            Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                            Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                            Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                            2. Blueberries

                                            Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                            When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                            3. Tomatoes

                                            Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                            4. Broccoli

                                            While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                            Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                            Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                            5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                            Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                            The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                            Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                            6. Soy

                                            Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                            Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                            Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                            7. Dark Chocolate

                                            When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                            Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate: 15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                            8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                            Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

                                            B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

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                                            Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                            Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                            To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                            9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                            Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                            Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                            Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                            10. Gingko Biloba

                                            This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

                                            It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

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                                            However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                            11. Green and Black Tea

                                            Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                            Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                            Find out more about green tea here: 11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                            12. Sage and Rosemary

                                            Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                            Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                            When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

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