The Tastiest Healthy Snacks for Kids•
Posted on August 23 2019
Living an active lifestyle means you’re always on the go, and when your weekends involve jumping between sports clubs, there’s not much time left for a proper meal. We need energy to enhance our performance on the track or the pitch; energy that comes from food.
But when it seems like all the best snacks are filled with sugar that will only make us feel sluggish - not have us performing at our peak - it can be difficult to make good choices.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favourite healthy snacks that will curb your hunger and release energy slowly, to keep you going for longer. Put down the chocolate and the chips; the next generation of snacking is here!
Nuts and trail mixes
Nuts are an amazing source of energy, delivering healthy fats, fibre and antioxidants in a hand-sized portion. Some of the healthiest options include walnuts, pistachios, pecans, almonds and peanuts. They have hunger-fighting properties and can make you feel fuller for longer, making sure nothing holds you back during game time.
Try making your own trail mix at home, which could contain a mix of nuts, dried fruit and whole grain cereal. Avoid store-bought options which can be full of salt and often contain chocolate, and enjoy your trail mix in moderation!
Fruit with yoghurt
Build a fruit salad with your favourite fruits and enjoy it with yoghurt - and even a drizzle of honey. We already know fruit is crucial for a healthy diet, but yoghurt is a great source of protein and calcium, which is important for growing kids.
Opt for plain, full-fat yoghurt to avoid varieties that will give a sugar rush. That’s what the honey is for; it will satisfy your sugar cravings and is a healthier and delicious alternative to the snack shelf at your local gas station.
Raw veggies with hummus
Even kids that don’t love veggies can be persuaded if there’s a tasty dip on offer. Raw carrot and celery sticks dipped into hummus is a great option when you’re on-the-go. Hummus is made from chickpeas which are packed with plant-based protein, iron and heaps of other vitamins.
It’s also rich and creamy enough to mask the taste of vegetables!
More and more people are experimenting with making their own protein balls or “energy balls”. The great thing about them is you get to decide what goes in them! So, if you’re a peanut butter fanatic, you can get your fix whilst munching on some superfoods, too.
Protein balls tend to encompass flax seeds and/or chia seeds and a mixture of other ingredients. Depending on the flavour you’re trying to create, you can experiment with honey, peanut butter, oats, protein powder, dried fruit, dark chocolate and almond butter. Simply mix everything together and roll into bite-sized balls, before refrigerating.
Home-made energy balls contain less sugar than commercial granola bars and are packed with protein and fibre. Basically, it’s all the stuff you love and need for peak performance.
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