When kids eat small snacks between their main meals, they get a steady supply of energy to supply their minds and bodies all day. However, packaged processed snacks contain loads of sugar, salt, fat, and chemicals. Instead kids can grow organic nutritious snacks right in their backyard by planting fruit trees, berry bushes, and an organic veggie garden. It’s fun to pick an organic plum from the tree, wash it, and enjoy it while observing the activities of birds, insects, and other wildlife in the garden.
Kids can make quick healthy snacks for their lunch box and after school treats, like organic whole grain toast with peanut butter, a bowl of organic popcorn, fresh organic strawberries, hummus and crackers, or organic carrot and celery sticks with a dip. Kids can make cold peanut noodles with leftover organic spaghetti mixed with peanut butter and soy sauce. The average soda contains up to 15 teaspoons of high fructose corn syrup. Kids can drink water, herbal tea, and juice instead of sodas or sweetened drinks. Kids can bring these healthy snacks to their sports, dance, or other after school activity.
Kids can elevate their snacks by crafting their food and making healthy snacks that are fun to make and decorate. Just sticking organic fruit slices on a stick or a salad in a jar makes eating more fun. Kids can be creative with cookie cutters and make a bouquet of flowers from vegetables and fill tea cups with salsa, guacamole, and hummus. Kids can create fun small tea sandwiches with star or heart cookie cutters. Kids can make a pepper train with raw organic peppers stuffed with cherry tomatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots. Kids can create food art with many healthy edible ingredients, including flowers, and choose something from each food group and from each color group to make artistic snacks for fun and parties.