A time will come when your little one is hungry before bed and it’s hard to sleep when you are hungry. These snacks will give your little one that healthy boost to ward of hunger and sleep soundly…
Healthy Bedtime Snacks
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1/2 cup corn kernels
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp salt
- Place oil and 3 corn kernels in a large wide pot over medium heat. When the kernels pop, add remaining kernels and carefully sprinkle evenly with sugar and cinnamon. Cover and cook, picking up pot to shake every few seconds, until popping slows, 2 to 3 min. Immediately transfer popcorn to a large bowl and sprinkle with salt while stirring. Let cool 3 min. before serving.
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Calcium-rich bedtime snacks can help your toddler feel satisfied and prepared for sleep.
- Cottage Cheese
Place the cottage cheese in a small bowl and add your child’s favorite fruit to the top. Bananas are a great option.
For bedtime snacks, try a protein-carb combo, like a glass of milk and a graham cracker or crackers and cheese.
This snack is super filling and a great way to end the day. If your child is allergic to peanut butter, you can use another type of nut butter like almond.
- Nut butter
Make a sandwhich by spreading the nut butter onto the bread, placing your fruit of choice, and closing the two halves.
Would your child rather drink his or her bedtime snack? Smoothies are a great way to go to finish the day off with lots of nutrients.
- Milk or Alternative
Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Pour into a fun glass.
For some great recipes, visit: 20 Healthy Smoothie Recipes For Kids, Mom Junction
This one is for the preschooler with a sweet tooth.
- 4 cups frozen strawberries
- 3 Tablespoons agave nectar or honey
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (non-fat or full fat)
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- Add the frozen strawberries, agave nectar (or honey), yogurt and lemon juice to the bowl of a food processor. Process until creamy, about 5 minutes.
- Serve the frozen yogurt immediately or transfer it to an airtight container and store it in the freezer for up to 1 month.
If you are looking for something a little meatier…
For this one, you will need:
- Deli Meat
- Mayo Alternative (optional)
8.Sleepy Time Gelatin, Divine Health From The Inside Out
- 4 cups juice
- 2 Tbsp. Gelatin (hot soluble)
- 5 teaspoons Natural Calm or 5 tsp. Liquid Magnesium (the liquid tastes much stronger, more minerally – be sure to adjust sweetener in light of this)
- 10 drops liquid vanilla stevia or 1-2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup ½ tsp. Concentrace (optional) …
These muffins are delicious, filling, and full of fiber! You can make these ahead of time to have on hand for those before bed hunger pains.
- 1 cup boiling water
- 3 cups All Bran Cereal
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup applesauce
This one is a little unconventional, but will have those preschoolers sleeping soundly fast.
If you have left over rice in the refrigerator, pour a half cup of milk over it and drizzle on some honey.
Which snack idea is your favorite?
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