Snacks are the most difficult meal to prepare without resorting to worthless calories of junk food. Fortunately, there's a solution for busy moms. Instead of purchasing regular snack bars or offering your kids vegetables they won't eat, it might be time to give nuts a try. Nuts are healthy and easy to prepare. The biggest advantage of serving nuts for snack time is that most kids like to eat them.
Nuts have been a part of human diets for a long time, considering they're easy to harvest and eat. Therefore, it's no wonder that nuts are resurging as a favorite snack food. Nuts are a unique food, because they provide essential proteins. Because of the protein content, the stomach feels full, especially compared to eating an apple or some carrot sticks. Since nuts can be purchased raw or with little alteration, they are one of the healthiest foods around. Nuts also contain a variety of nutrients.
It's a lot easier to eat a handful of peanuts or walnuts than to wash, cut, and peel fruits and vegetables. Nuts don't have to be cooked, baked, or otherwise prepared. They can be eaten on the go, and they don't have to be refrigerated to taste good. Therefore, they might just be the best snack food of all times, whether they are served at the park, at school, or on the car ride home.
Even nuts that must be cracked, like walnuts, can be opened by a relatively young child. The added benefit of cracking nuts is that it extends the enjoyment of the food and helps kids feel full faster. There's also a limit to how many nuts even a very hungry child can eat at in one sitting, whereas crackers or chips are usually eating to the point of feeling too full.
Most kids don't enjoy eating carrots or apple slices. They'd much prefer a brownie or a cookie. But as a health-conscious parent, it's possible to make a compromise by serving nuts. Most kids love nuts. If necessary, salt can be added to enhance the flavor and nuts can also be added to protein bars.
In conclusion, snack time doesn't have to be a hassle. When nuts are added to snack time, the meal becomes at once more filling and nutritious without involving any more effort for its preparation. What's not to love about that?
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