The Best Snacks for Kids

by Gabriella Patel on October 29, 2013

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:

 

Cheese

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 grainWhole 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.

 

Yogurt

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.

 

Hummus

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.

 

Snack Mix

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:

 

Vegetable-Based Snacks

◾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-Based Snacks

◾Fruit eaten alone is one of the easiest snacks around!

◾Fruit leather

◾Applesauce

◾Apple chips

◾Dried fruit

◾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

◾Nuts

◾Trail mix

◾Yogurt

◾Granola energy balls

◾Beef jerky

◾Hard boiled eggs

◾Cooked meat chopped into bite-sized pieces.

 

Frozen Snacks

◾Yogurt Popsicles

◾Frozen grapes

◾Frozen berries

 

muffinsMake 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!
Gabriella Patel

Gabriella Patel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I grew up in a family who has a long history in natural supplements. I’ve always found such a greater level of health and well being because of the choices I’ve made to seek natural and organic products. I’ve taken a lot of my knowledge now to be able to help others make the right decisions to achieve a higher level of wellness. From what I’ve seen most of where the problems come from is what we put in our bodies, and what we’re not. I hope to shed some light on many issues we all face. Subscribe to my work Gabriella’s favorite product is Diet 1234
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