Happy little ‘snack’cidents!
The new year is in full swing and everyone seems to be on a health kick. But this change in lifestyle is not only for grown-ups, mama. After what I’m sure was a holiday filled with McDonalds, ice cream and loads of Christmas treats it’s time to get the kiddies back on the road to good health. Here are a few healthy hacks for all the mamas out there, to keep your kids motivated to eat nutritious bites. Make sure to scroll down to our slideshow at then end for four delicious healthy recipes!
Scroll down to our slideshow for four delicious healthy recipes
Keep it as unprocessed as possible
Look for ingredients that are organic and which contain very little colourants and preservatives. Instead opt for things that are vitamin fortified and contain less sugar and sodium.
Make it colourful and visually exciting
People eat with their eyes and kids even more so. Cutting food into fun shapes and using decorations in bright colours will make it more likely that kids will be interested in eating their healthy snacks. Head over to Shanghai Street and invest in a few cookie cutters (can you say Olaf PB&J mama?).
Give it a story (little white lie?)
Kids like to play pretend, tell them an imaginative story about foods that they are unwilling to try. Broccoli can become tiny trees, cut carrots become a rabbit’s french fries and in a flash, kids will want to eat more.
Make it fun to eat
Get kids to eat with chopsticks, cartoon toothpicks or their own personalised cutlery to get them involved in eating. It makes it exciting for the kids and saves mum from having to feed them, after all mum’s need to eat too!
Read more: Start Your New Year Right: 5 Healthy Habits
Homemade is best
Hong Kong imports a lot of snacks for kids however many of the retail snacks are high in sodium and preservatives, things that are easy to avoid by preparing snacks at home. This does not mean baking the whole weekend away. Simple ingredients can be made into amazing snacks and as an bonus you can get the kids to help mama! With the following recipes in the slideshow below, you can make everyday household ingredients into delicious and fun snacks your kids will love eating!
Getting the kids involved in the kitchen can help them to foster a good relationship with food and show them healthy snacks don’t have to be boring. Your imagination is the limit!
Click through the slideshow for four healthy snack recipes…