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Low Sugar Snacks for Kids

“Mom, I’m hungry! I want a snack!” Many of us have heard this all too often! If you struggle to keep your kiddos full and satisfied, you’re not alone.  

A child’s typical snack tends to look more like dessert.  Unfortunately, these sugary “snacks” are going to provide a quick burst of energy followed by a crash and hunger.  It’s a vicious cycle.

Snacking and better food choices for our kids is something we discuss heavily in my Mommy Feeding Family 2.0 program. 

You'll notice in the snacks listed below, healthy fruits and vegetables are usually paired with a source of fat and/or protein! This is important for our kids. 

The American Heart Association recommends children under 2 should have NO added sugar.  Note the difference between added sugar and naturally occurring sugar.  Added sugar is added to foods such as soda, candy, cookies, cakes, juice, ice cream etc.  While naturally occurring...

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How to Eat More Vegetables

We all know we should eat our vegetables, because they are good for us! It sounds so easy, but why is it such a struggle to get them in?  Maybe your kids (and spouse) are picky eaters, it’s a texture thing, or you just aren’t sure how to add more veggies to your diet.  Here are some easy ways to make vegetables front and center on your plate!

 Swap Them!

  • Substitute your dinner roll for a baked sweet potato (You don't have to have a grain at all of your meals). 
  • Instead of pasta use spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles, I love this zoodler because it's small and compact.
  • Try cauliflower rice instead of regular rice! It can easily be found in the frozen veggie section or sometimes by the bagged salad in the produce section!
  • Skip the mayo on your next sandwich and use creamy avocado as a spread! 
  • Sub out your flour tortilla for a raw collard green leaf or romaine lettuce wrap.

 Chop Them!

  • On meal prep day chop up a bunch of raw veggies like...
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No Sugar Added Pumpkin Pancakes

A yummy treat for yourself and your little one- guilt free!

No Sugar-Added Pumpkin Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground ginger
  • 2-3 Tbs water

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in blender except water and blend until smooth.
  • Add water if it is too thick (you don't want to thin it out too much). If you are making it for yourself (not a baby) you can use honey or pure maple syrup in place of water (babies should never have honey).
  • Heat skillet on low. Add cooking spray.
  • Cook pancakes on low heat, about 8 minutes per side. The pumpkin makes it a thick & sticky texture- perfect for little fingers!.
  • This is a great food to introduce as part of Baby-Led Weaning when introducing solids! Make sure baby has tried each ingredient separately before combining them to make sure there are no allergens. Cut into finger pieces for baby; no butter or syrup needed for your little one!

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