It’s hard to fathom just how hungry a kid can get. Oh sure, they need plenty of fuel for growing bodies and growing minds. And their appetites simply don’t wane after their third (or fourth!) snack. But did you ever suspect they could eat that much?
But they can. Unfortunately, so many of the options available for kids are not only lacking in nutrition—they’re downright dangerous. Trans fat. Artificial sweeteners. Preservatives. Ingredients with unintelligible (and unpronounceable) names. But that’s what they want… isn’t it?
Think again. Nutritious eating doesn’t have to be boring or predictable. Healthy snacks for your kids have come a long way from cottage cheese and celery sticks. It’s no longer a question of coercing your kids into eating right. Healthy snacks can not only be nutritious, but fun.
Forget the high sodium junk food. And please forget the artificial sweeteners and preservatives. Here’s some surprisingly healthy snack ideas that are sure to please your kid—whether they’re a toddler, a preschooler or even older!
Healthy snacks for toddlers
Who doesn’t love popcorn? But it’s not just mouthwatering… It’s just as nutritious, too! With 4 grams of fiber for every 3 cup serving, you can be certain your kids are snacking healthy, and actually enjoying the taste as well.
2. Homemade Popsicles
Sure, those sugary popsicles are refreshing. But you can make ones that are not only healthier, but tastier too. If you have orange juice and Greek yogurt at home, you can serve your kids a Vitamin C-powered treat that’s certain to hit the spot on those humid summer days.
3. Peanut Butter
A protein packed powerhouse with plenty of healthy fats, peanut butter pairs well with just about anything—making it not only tasty, but versatile as well!
4. Homemade Cookies
It’s not about cutting down on the sweets. It’s about offering your kids the right kind of sweets. And homemade cookies with the right kind of ingredients (whole wheat flour, applesauce, oatmeal and low calorie chocolate) is a perfect snack to treat your kids to.
With plenty of calcium and protein, low fat cheese is a perfect accompaniment for your kid to snack on. And paired with vegetables or fruit, it’s not only one of the healthiest between meal snacks, but a filling one as well. Just make certain to vary the choices, and insist on all natural cheese, with no artificial processing.
6. Chocolate Dipped Fruit And Nuts
What doesn’t go better with chocolate? Make snack time even sweeter and encourage healthy choices by offering fiber rich fruits and nuts dipped in chocolate that’s low in calories and sodium. They’ll be glad you did!
7. Homemade Pizza
Forget the greasy delivery pizzas. There are plenty of whole wheat recipes and other inventive ways to serve one of America’s favorite dishes to your kids. And they’ll have more fun than those boring delivery specials by adding their favorite toppings.
8. Grilled Cheese
Want to make the ooey gooey grilled cheese sandwich even healthier? Rev up the fiber by adding an apple slice to that 100 percent whole grain sandwich. Don’t forget a low fat cheese! Your kids will be certain to notice the difference… and what a difference it can make.
9. Chips And Dips
Swap starchy and unhealthy potato chips for pita chips or whole grain tortilla chips. Not only is it the perfect vehicle for healthier choices of dips like hummus and salsa, but your kids will feel much better about themselves.
10. Crispy Rice Treats
Want a healthier take on this classic treat? Add dried fruit, seeds and low calorie chocolate to a mix of puffed whole grain cereal and nut butters. Your kids will not only taste the difference, they’ll choose it every time!
At Handprints Academy, we know healthy and nutritious snacking starts with parents. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing alternatives to low quality junk food and artificial sweeteners. Need more healthy ideas about snacks for your kids?
With 12 different locations throughout Texas, we’re more than happy to answer any of your questions! Drop us an email at [email protected] or call (214) 484-1018.