4 Steps to Healthy Snacks

Make snack time easier with these four snacks!

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Snacks are an everyday part of life. However, not all snacks are created equal. Some snacks lack real nutrition and send our kids crashing from a sugar high. And other snacks don't do the job and leave them searching for another snack in no time. So how do we make them healthy, fun, and filling? Try these four simple steps to amp up your snack game.

Start With Fruits and Veggies

Who doesn’t need more fruits and veggies?

Snack time is a perfect way to add those healthy foods. And we all know that any food tastes better when we are hungry. So why not take advantage of these hungry bellies and fill them with fruits and veggies.

Not all kids will like something the first time they are offered it, but after seeing it several times and tasting it a few more, they just might actually eat those carrots and cucumbers. If your kids aren't thrilled by the idea of fruits a veggies, try cutting them in fun shapes or dipping them in a sauce they like. Find the ways your kids enjoy eating veggies and start there. Pretty soon you can add in new and different ones.

Pack in Some Protein

If we add a protein to the snack, kids are more likely to be filled up and satisfied instead of asking for another snack in 5 minutes. Some easy, snack-friendly proteins include:

  • hummus
  • cheese cubes
  • sliced turkey, ham, or roast beef

Make a Plan 

When you’re digging through the cupboard and the kids are whining, it’s easy to grab some crackers and fruit snacks to make them happy. But if you have a snack plan in place, it’s a no-brainer to pass out healthy snacks instead.

  • Try keeping a stash of cut up veggies and fruit in the fridge. This is a simple way to allow kids to choose their snack and keep it healthy at the same time.
  • Find a formula that works for you. One option is allowing kids to choose one item from the fruit and veggie basket and the protein box. Another might be having snacks assigned to certain days; Mondays are string cheese and apple days, Tuesdays are for smoothies, Wednesdays are hard boiled eggs and fresh veggies, and so on. If your kids know what to expect (and you stick to your plan), the complaining goes away and happy healthy kids enjoy snack time.

Involve the Little Ones

Complaining kids are no fun, but if we involve them in planning and preparing they are much more likely to enjoy and eat what we are serving. Give them a few simple guidelines (such as the snack must have a fruit or vegetable in it) and let them be creative and have fun! Kids love to be involved with the food they eat and it’s a perfect time to help them learn to make good food choices along the way.

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