4 Healthy Snacks Your Kids Are Guaranteed to Love!

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Mom, I’ m Hungry!  4 Healthy Solutions

As a parent, when our children begin to eat solid food, it is a priority to make sure they are still getting their nutrients.  It’s also important that the child has a healthy relationship with food learning when and what to eat to increase energy and still give the proper nutrition.  It is easy to grab a bag of potato chips or cookies for those quick snacks, or even fruit roll-ups and gushers.  But these are packed with sugars, preservatives, dyes and salt.
The ideal food schedule to make sure that your child’s nutrient requirements are met is 3 meals per day, each containing something from each food group and up to two snacks. Get into the habit of trying different types of protein with each meal and couple of different vegetables. Proper snacks (not constant grazing) are important to keep your child’s appetite satisfied. The more you can help your child judge when they are hungry, the better able they will be to judge how much food they should be eating as they grow older. When children ask for food, check that they’re not actually thirsty as the two are sometimes confused. (1)
Research shows that snacks have risen from 1977 to 2006 with children moving from 2 to 3 snacks per day consisting of almost one-third of daily calories. There has also been an increase in salty snacks and candy as prime food choices, even though desserts and sweetened beverages remain the major sources of calories from snacks. The calories from snacks have also gone up by 168 calories, with the largest increases in 2 to 6 years olds (182 calories). (3)
A snack for a picky eater maybe the only time they can get the required nutrients. A child that snacks all day will not want to eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner. How much of a snack and timing is something to also consider when handling snacks. Proteins, whole grains and foods low in sugar are the ideal snacks, so here are some ideas for the little picky-eaters that may show up at your house on a summer day:
Apple race car snacks

fruit race car

  • 4 Jazz apples
  • 16 green grapes, cut in half
  • You will also need: 16 toothpicks.  Cut two full cheeks from each apple. Slice out the center third so you have a wedge
  •   Slip 2 toothpicks into each apple wedge to become the car axles. Place grape halves on each side of the toothpick for wheels. Vroom! (2)
    Fruit Palm Trees
    fruit palm tree
    • Sliced kiwi
    • Sliced bananas
    • Sliced mandarin orange (2)
      Ants on a log

      fruit ants on log

      • Celery sticks
      • Cashew Butter/Almond butter
      • 6 or 7 raisins per celery stick (2)
Strawberry Mice

fruit strawberry mice
  • Strawberry with a third sliced off
  • Almond flakes
  • Three dots of chocolate icing for eyes and nose
  • Cheese is optional (2)

    Do you have any healthy snack recipes that your kids love?

Nikita Williams
April 20, 2016

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  1. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/healthy-eating-what-young-children-need
  2. http://www.kidspot.com.au/kitchen/recipes
  3. http://www.raisehealthyeaters.com/

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