Toss out the junk food and check out these great healthy snacks! Nutritious snacking can help your child curb hunger throughout the day, as well as provide energy and important nutrients. Make a list of healthy snacks your family likes and post them in an easy to find location such as the inside of a cabinet door or in your home-management binder. Read on to learn more ideas and tips for healthy snacking.
Here are some healthy foods to add to your snack list:
The protein in this kid-friendly snack keeps energy levels high until dinnertime. Try cutting cheese into fun shapes with a cookie cutter and making kabobs with your favorite fruit.
Whole Grain Cereal
With vitamins, calcium, and fiber, a bowl of enriched whole grain cereal with milk and fruit is a power-packed snack or healthy start to the day.
Low-fat yogurt is an excellent source of calcium, and children love it dressed up. To add taste and nutritional value, whip up a yogurt parfait with berries and granola or make a homemade fruity yogurt pop.
Made from pureed chickpeas, hummus is an excellent dip for kids. Serve hummus with cut-up vegetables or salt-free crackers for dipping, or use it to make a pita bread sandwich.
Toss together a healthy combo of nuts, pretzels, whole grain cereal, banana chips, and popcorn for a handy, portable snack.
Here are some other healthy snack options:
◾Carrot sticks and hummus
◾Ants on a log – celery filled with peanut butter and topped with raisins
◾Guacamole and corn chips or pita chips
◾Fruit eaten alone is one of the easiest snacks around!
◾Fruit and cheese tray
Bread, Tortillas, Muffins and Bars
◾Bread (or toast) spread with nut butter, avocado, or cultured butter.
◾PB&J tortilla roll-up – Spread a tortilla with peanut butter and jelly then roll up.
◾Homemade Granola bars
◾Homemade Lara bars
High Protein Snacks
◾Granola energy balls
◾Hard boiled eggs
◾Cooked meat chopped into bite-sized pieces.
Make healthy snacking a family priority! Want more ideas for healthy snacking? Check out these tips:
- Keep junk food out of the house
- Go for the grain – Whole-grain foods provide energy with some staying power.
- Make it fun – Use a cookie cutter to make shapes out of low-fat cheese slices, whole-grain bread or whole-grain tortillas. Make fruit kebabs or show your child how to eat diced fruit with chopsticks.
- Keep a selection of ready-to-eat veggies in the refrigerator. Leave fresh fruit in a bowl on the counter. Store low-sugar, whole-grain cereal and fruit canned or packaged in its own juice in an easily accessible cabinet.
- Check nutrition labels to find out the whole story.
- Teaching your child to make healthy snack choices now will help set the stage for a lifetime of healthy eating. Start today!