Winter season has always been special for everyone, but the kids enjoy it the most. During winter, kids love to eat snacks more than regular meals. Therefore it's essential to make healthy homemade snacks for kids in winter. As kids are at more significant risk to get cold and flu viruses than elder ones, it's better to keep the child warmer from inside by getting them special homemade healthy snacks during winter.
Even if they encounter bacteria, a healthy food diet improves the immunity to fight the diseases entering the body. In winters, kids get more hungry as the body temperature drops, leading to increased appetite. By making healthy snacks for winter, you can feed your kid the safest and healthiest diet as well.
Parents have ample options to choose the best winter snacks for kids. Moreso, even without losing your comfort and taste, your kids will thoroughly enjoy it. In this article, we have covered my favorite homemade snacks for winter.
Few Favorite Homemade Snacks for Kids in Winter
Know why it's essential for kids and even adults to eat these healthy winter snacks.
1. Sesame Balls (Til Ladoo)
Sesame seeds are packed with protein and are a great source of calcium. In winter, it's beneficial to add sesame seeds in kids' diets as it strengthens the muscles and boosts energy.
Sesame or Til can be used by parents to make various yummy ready to eat items like Til Ladoo, Chikkis, Gajak.
At home, making the sesame balls (Til Ladoo) with mixing jaggery and almonds is the best way to include these healthy seeds as snacks, and kids love its delicious taste as well.
2. Peanut and Walnut Balls
Nuts are high in calories with a steady energy source for kids. It contains all three macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, fats) that are essential for kids and also rich in vitamins and minerals. It's simple to make Walnut Balls,
- Make a paste of walnuts, dates, and peanut butter.
- Roll into small balls and coat it with unsweetened desiccated coconut.
3. Jaggery rice
Jaggery is a useful essence during the winter season for all. It helps to keep you warm, dilates blood vessels and improves blood circulation. Jaggery helps in generating heat in the body, thus helps in keeping you warm during the winters. Kids can also consume Jaggery directly along with Roti (Indian Bread).
Making jaggery rice at home would be a sole warming rice dish for winters. It's easy and simple to cook by adding boiled jaggery to the cooked rice with dry fruits and nuts roasted in ghee. It also keeps the kids warm and healthy in winter chills.
4. Sweet Potatoes
For making the best winter snacks for kids, sweet potatoes are the choice of the season as they are rich in antioxidants and minerals. It improves immunity and keeps the body warm. And the best way to lure the kids is by turning them into hot and delicious fries. It is better to spread some olive oil and sea salt over them before baking to double the taste. It is one of the most accessible homemade healthy snacks for winter.
5. Dates-Almond Balls
Dates-Almond balls make a protein-packed healthy snack for winters. Enriched with almonds and dates, it makes a mouth-watering taste that your kid would love. Once given in a day, it keeps the kid energetic and warm.
It's easy to make this snack for winter at home. Just grind the almonds with cardamom by mixing with chopped dates making a paste. Make its small balls and give it to your child every day.
You can also try making Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa) at home, and it's delicious. The time required to cook it is the only reason why we didn't include it in the list. Parents can also buy ready to eat Nuts and Jaggery bar (Chikki) to keep the winter chills away.