Healthy snacking is a big deal for children
Curb children’s appetites and supply the vitamins and minerals they need with healthy snacks.
According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest, serving healthy snacks to children is important in providing good nutrition for growth and development. Snacks are a bigger part of kid’s diets now than they were in the past. Snacks can make positive or negative contributions to kid’s diets depending on the choices offered. Many people are confused about giving children snack’s versus sweet treats such as candies, cookies, chips, pop, etc. A healthy snack needs to contain fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat-dairy and protein. These kinds of foods, and those listed below, will help to curb a child’s healthy appetite and provide the necessary vitamins and minerals children need for optimal growth and development:
- Parfait: Layer vanilla yogurt and mandarin oranges or blueberries in a tall glass. Top with a sprinkle of granola.
- Inside-out sandwich: Spread mustard on a slice of deli turkey. Wrap around a sesame breadstick.
- Rocky Road: Break a graham cracker into bite-size pieces. Add to low-fat chocolate pudding along with a few miniature marshmallows.
- Mini pizza: Toast an English muffin, drizzle with pizza sauce and sprinkle with low-fat mozzarella cheese.
- Sandwich rolls: Spread mustard on a flour tortilla. Top with a slice of turkey or ham, low-fat cheese and lettuce, then roll it up.
- Sandwich cut-outs: Make a sandwich on whole grain bread. Cut out your favorite shape using a big cookie cutter. Eat the fun shape and the edges, too!
- Banana split: Top a banana with low-fat vanilla and strawberry frozen yogurt. Sprinkle with your favorite whole-grain cereal.
- Apple pie oatmeal: Make one packet of microwave oatmeal with low-fat milk. Mix in 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce. Sprinkle with apple pie spice or cinnamon.
- Peanut butter truffles: Mix together peanut butter and cornflakes in a bowl. Shape into balls and roll in crushed graham crackers.
- Soup: Microwave a cup of tomato or vegetable soup and enjoy with whole-grain crackers.
- Fruit-in-a-cone: Fill a waffle cone with cut-up fruit and top with low-fat vanilla yogurt.
These ideas of healthy snacks can be used by teachers, caregivers, children’s programs, during football games and other recreational activities, in the home and elsewhere.