It’s no secret that children, like adults, have their favorite snacks, and often, those favorites tend to be on the less healthy side. Let’s delve into some nutritious and delicious alternatives to your child’s favorite snacks that can satisfy their cravings while keeping their health in check.


Here are 4 healthier alternatives to snacks:

a. Baked appe: Swap fried snacks for baked ones. Prepare appe with a mix of finely chopped onions, tomatoes, coriander leaves. It makes for a healthy and nutritious snack.

b. Fruit chaat: Replace sugary candies with a fruit chaat. Toss together seasonal fruits with a pinch of chaat masala for a sweet and tangy treat.

c. Whole grain paratha strips: Opt for whole wheat or multi-grain parathas instead of white flour ones. Stuff them with veggies, lean protein, or paneer for added nutrition. Make long thin strips out of it and serve.

d. Dosa with coconut chutney: Replace deep-fried snacks with dosa. Serve it with freshly prepared homemade coconut chutney.


How to encourage healthier snacking habits:

a. Lead by example: Children often mimic their parents’ eating habits, so be a role model by choosing healthy snacks for yourself.

b. Keep healthy options accessible: Stock your kitchen with nutritious options. Place fruits, cut-up vegetables, and yogurt at eye level for easy access.

c. Limit sugary and processed foods: Limit the availability of sugary and processed snacks in your home. Instead, promote healthier alternatives.


Transitioning to healthier snack alternatives for your child’s favorite treats is a positive step toward their overall well-being. Change takes time, and it’s okay for your child to occasionally enjoy their favorite snacks.


By introducing these healthier options and fostering good eating habits early on, you’re setting the stage for a lifetime of nutritious choices and better health for your child. Enjoy exploring these delicious and wholesome alternatives together as a family!