Snack Ideas

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Children need to eat regularly. Ideally on a schedule (no grazing) and with the proper surroundings (at a table and NO TV).

Snacking is an important part of a child’s overall nutrition. And because snacking contributes to the nutrient needs of your child’s day, a snack needs to be healthful.

Look at a snack as a mini meal. Would you give your child a pile of chips and a juice box for dinner? (Let’s put it this way-if you did, your child wouldn’t get the protein, vitamins, minerals and other things he needs.) So a snack should be no different.

Here are some ideas:

  • Cheese
    • With crackers
    • Stick pretzels through slices or cubes
    • Make cheese and fruit kabobs
  • Peanut butter
    • And apples
    • And celery
    • And banana
    • Add raisins and/or shredded coconut to any of the above
  • Homemade bread or muffins
    • Zucchini
    • Pumpkin
    • Carrot
    • Banana
  • Hummus
    • Crackers
    • Carrot sticks
  • Fruit
    • Make it fun: eat a banana like a monkey, clementines into pumpkins
    • Kabobs
    • Rainbow of fruit
    • Served in an ice cream cone
  • Ants on a log variations
    • Original: celery with pb and raisins
    • Celery with ricotta cheese and tomatoes
    • Celery with hummus and olives
    • Celery with cream cheese and fruit
  • Smoothies
  • Yogurt
  • Popcorn
  • Nuts
  • Avocado
    • And tomato salad
    • Smeared on cracker or bread
  • Deli meat
    • Ham and cheese rolled up and cut like sushi
    • Turkey, ham, cheese kabobs on a pretzel
  • Corn chips and
    • Salsa
    • Bean dip
    • Guacamole

Save things like:

  • dry cereal
  • granola bars
  • pretzels
  • whole portable fruit

for when you are on the run.

For more ideas go to the kids board on my pinterest page or just go to pinterest and search around!

 

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