As parents you can’t let your child eat any garbage food that is found on the market. But what are you supposed to feed the child if both of you have jobs and come back home later than the kid finishes school? The best solution is to find snack recipes that children can prepare by themselves; this way they eat healthy and learn how to take care of themselves. Choose a low cabinet or drawer and a low shelf in the refrigerator and store the ingredients that the child will be using to prepare the snacks. Make sure they always have all the necessary ingredients and that they are fresh. Have a discussion with the child, explaining how all the snacks he could prepare are supposed to be made and teach by example for the little one to remember better the process of preparation. If you don’t already own a microwave consider buying one; it heats food fast and it’s easy to use by children. Here are some easy snacks the kids can make for themselves.
Peanut Butter Toast
If the child is old enough and understands how to use the toaster, let them use it. The child can toast a couple of bread slices and when the toast is done, they top it with peanut butter. It’s an easy to make snack which kids enjoy and it provides them with enough sustenance until you get back home to cook.
Healthy microwaved pizza
Whether you own one of the latest 2015 small microwave oven units, or an older, larger microwave oven, the kids can use it to prepare a lot of delicious snacks. Pizza doesn’t have to be an unhealthy fat filled snack. The child can prepare his own pizza easily and with healthy ingredients. Leave them pita bread for the base of the pizza, sauce to spread on top of the pita base and cheese to spread over as topping. After they assemble the pizza they can microwave it until the cheese melts and there you have it – the healthy microwaved pizza is done! If you don’t have a microwave oven because you think that microwaved food is unhealthy, you should know that this cooking process retains most of the veggie nutrients, unlike boiling or frying, two of the cooking methods which destroy most of the nutrients. That being said, you might want to invest in one of the latest 2015 small microwave oven units.
Ants on a log
This is another fun, good and easy to make snack that any kid can do. Leave celery sticks, peanut butter and raisins where the little ones can reach them and they won’t go hungry until you come back. It’s probably one of the easiest snacks to make; all that it takes is to spread peanut butter on the celery stick and put raisins on top of the butter.
Yogurt with fruit
Kids can be hard to convince to eat healthy. Lactate products like yogurt don’t appeal to them unless they are sweetened. Your child can make the perfect sweet snack using a yogurt and fresh fruits that you leave cut in tiny pieces, combining them to create any child’s dream snack – it’s done easy and fast and it puts their sweet tooth at ease.
Healthy pita sandwich
Leave for the reach of the child pita bread sliced in two, cheese, chopped tomatoes, garlic and chopped cucumbers to make their own sandwich. They can add as much as they feel like of any ingredient between the pita bread slices and proceed to eating the personalized sandwich.
This snack needs some preparation done first by the parent. Put slices of fruits in little bags and store them in a low shelf of the refrigerator. The child simply has to put the fruits found in the bag in the blender, add a cup of water, put the top of the blender on and start the blending process.
The same as with smoothies, microwaved popcorn needs some prior preparation. Fill a bag with 1/3 cup of popcorn kernels, close it well with a plastic-only chip clip and leave it in a low cabinet or drawer. The child simply has to put the bag in the microwave and in a couple of minutes, the snack is done.