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:
- 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
- Carrot sticks
- Make it fun: eat a banana like a monkey, clementines into pumpkins
- 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
- 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
- Bean dip
Save things like:
- dry cereal
- granola bars
- 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!