3 Healthy Snacks for Kids You Haven’t Tried Yet
Introducing children to a wide variety of nourishing foods not only gives them what they need to perform at their very best, but helps instill lifelong habits that contribute to healthy living too. While IsoFrut is delicious straight out of the package, you can also incorporate freeze-dried fruit into other healthy snacks for kids. It’s perfect when you want to change things up a bit or are trying to incorporate wholesome treats into your favorite picky eater’s diet.
1) Out-Of-This-World Alien Smoothie
If you’re having trouble getting a certain someone to eat his greens, a carefully-calibrated mix of sweet freeze-dried fruits and fresh kale, paired with a catchy name, can lead to some big smiles. Generally speaking, you’ll want to use tropical fruits, like mango or pineapple, in recipes with kale because the natural sweetness of the fruits completely covers up the taste of kale. This means your little one gets all the nutritional benefits of kale (fiber, antioxidants, calcium, iron, Vitamins A, C, and K), plus the good stuff in pineapple (Vitamins C and B-Complex, iron, and protein), as well as the powerful punch mango packs (antioxidants plus Vitamins A and C). You can mix and match to your heart’s content, but a good start is to use 15 ounces each of freeze-dried Mango and Pineapple (that’s one IsoFrut package each) and a small amount of fresh kale. Combine these in a blender with a few ice cubes for a thick and rich treat or mix in 1 ½ cups of almost any liquid for something a bit smoother. Apple juice is usually a big win with children, as is coconut water.
2) Tot-Friendly Trail Mix
Most store-bought trail mixes contain some type of nut, which makes it incredibly difficult to find one that works for small children or in a classroom environment. Whether you’re worried about the ever-changing guidelines on when to introduce nuts or need something that’s safe to serve in a group where nut allergies are a concern, creating your own tot-friendly trail mix is an easy fix. For a very basic recipe, mix cereal with freeze-dried fruit of your choosing. You can also opt for a gluten-free cereal choice, like Cheerios, when wheat is a concern.
3) All-Natural Berry Macarons
Obviously, macarons are not an everyday “healthy” food, but they do tend to have substantially fewer calories than cupcakes and you can infuse them with natural fruit, sneaking powerful antioxidants and vitamins into every bite. Use your favorite macaron recipe, but replace any artificial flavoring with an equal amount of fruit and skip artificial colors altogether. You can use freeze-dried fruit in this recipe as well; just use your coffee grinder or mortar and pestle to reduce the fruit to a powder first. Then, mix it into the dough and/ or filling for a delightful and healthier treat.
It’s Easy to Make Unique & Healthy Snacks for Kids
Whether you like freeze-dried fruit straight from the pouch or are trying to include it into more snacks for a healthier lifestyle, IsoFrut makes it easy with long-lasting shelf-stable packages of wholesome 100% freeze-dried fruit.
Do you have favorite healthy snacks for kids of your own? Let us know how you nourish your family in the comments below!