Healthy Snacks for Kids

Snacks become part of the routine with kids.  I find my guys after a good morning of running around, that usually starts after our 6 am breakfast, are hungry mid-morning.  After nap time seems to be the other time my 3 year old goes poking around the cupboard.  I’m not sure if the after nap is hunger or conditioning from daycare.  Nevertheless, when it’s snack time you don’t want to be fussing around with anything complicated, but at the same time, you don’t want to be handing out a snack pack delivered fresh from a factory.

Our snack of choice is fruit, but if for whatever reason that’s not going to fit the bill our standbys are: yogurt, seeds, cottage cheese, maybe a couple of nuts, and of course, fruit.  Our nanny started this week (yes, it’s back to work for me) and in an effort to be more helpful than saying “they can eat what ever is in the fridge”, I started looking for snack ideas.  Here are some of my favorites:

  • Chopped vegetables & dip
  • Frozen bananas blended with milk
  • Rice cakes with nut butter
  • Individual boxes of soy milk (these are a life saver for us, we always have some in the diaper bag)
  • Edamame (never thought of these for a snack but they are fun to pop and very nutritious)

I found all of these suggestions in the “Healthy Snacks for Kids” brochure from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine site.  It think I’ll be back to visit the site again as it appeared to have lots of content of interest.  For those who might have more time than I do, here are some snacks I think kids or adult would love, but they require more prep:

  • Dip banana in yogurt, roll in dry cereal and freeze
  • Inside-Out Sandwich: Spread mustard on a slice of deli turkey. Wrap around a sesame breadstick
  • Make snack kabobs. Put cubes of low-fat cheese and grapes on pretzel sticks.
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