Healthy Snacks Dads Should Buy for the Kitchen

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Who doesn’t love a snack? Snacking is normal, and frankly, delicious, but it can also be a very unhealthy habit. When you have calorie-dense snacks like chips and cookies readily available to you at all hours, it’s easy to pack away hundreds of extra calories in a day. Not the greatest thing for you or your children. If you want to improve snacking habits, replace your unhealthy snacks with healthy options instead of cutting them out entirely. So what should you get?

Nuts

If you and your kids love salty, crunchy snacks, think about adding nuts to your snacking repertoire. Nuts like almonds, cashews, peanuts, and pistachios are great sources of healthy fats and protein. Nuts can be an incredibly healthy alternative to other crunchy, salty snacks that are relatively lacking in nutrients. Keep in mind, however, that nuts are also pretty calorie dense, so don’t go crazy eating a whole big bowl of nuts for a snack. Stick to a handful or two of nuts. This will give you some satiety and satisfy salty snack cravings.

Fruit

Fruit is an incredibly snackable option that is outrageously healthy for children and dads alike. If you and your children are sweet snackers, then you should switch out snacks that are high in refined and added sugars for fruits, which are naturally sweet, and have all sorts of vitamins and nutrients that boost health. Apples are a great, portable fruit snack option. Apples can naturally remove plaque from teeth and help prevent cavities. Protect your kid’s teeth and keep apples and other fruits available for snacking.

Edamame

If you find that your children, or you yourself, don’t eat enough protein in your diet, adding edamame as a snack can help you get some more in. Edamame are immature soybeans, still in their pods, and they are delicious. Edamame is high in protein, antioxidants, and all sorts of other minerals and vitamins that are essential to a healthy kid and a healthy dad. They’re super easy to prepare too. Boil them for a few minutes in salted water, drain them, and get to snacking. Give these delicious, easy to snack on beans a try. You and your kids are going to love them.

Snacks can be delicious. The problem is that snacking quickly becomes an unhealthy habit if you’re always choosing on fatty, high calorie snacks. Make healthy snacking easy by choosing tasty, nutritious snacks and keeping them stocked in your freezer, fridge, and pantry. Just make sure that you choose snacks you’ll actually eat.

Healthy snacking isn’t the only habit to help your children develop. Read this to learn more: Healthy Routines You Need to Make Sure Kids Develop

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