Thursday, July 17, 2014

Healthy Snacks for Kids~priddymomma

Hey guys!  Hope you are enjoying your summer!  Having the kids around all the time, constantly complaining about how hungry they are can sure be stressful.  Hopefully you’ll find a bit of relief with this post about healthy kids’ snacks.

***Just a real quick reminder:  the ages of your kiddos matter in deciding what snacks to feed.  Please never give honey to kids under 1 year.  Also keep “choke hazard” foods away from kids under three (nuts, popcorn, etc.)

My kids get a healthy snack one or two times a day.  Snack time is between breakfast and lunch and/or between nap time and dinner.  Portion control is a big deal.  If you feed your kids a huge snack an hour before dinner, they likely won’t want to eat dinner when it is served.  They only need a couple hundred calories max for a snack. 

My go-to formula is to give them a good source of protein and a fruit or vegetable.  Here are some of our favorite snack options:

·         Grapes and cheese
·         Cottage cheese and blueberries (or pineapple)
·         Granola bars (or celery sticks) with peanut butter and raisins
·         Bell pepper slices or carrots dipped in hummus
·         Nuts and carrot sticks
·         Pretzels dipped in nutella and/or peanut butter and a fruit or vegetable (this is sugar-packed, so we only have this occasionally)
·         Popcorn with homemade toppings (1 Tablespoon of honey and 1 Tablespoon melted peanut butter drizzled over top, plus pretzel pieces and/or nuts)
·         Leftover pancake or waffle topped with peanut butter and strawberries, bananas, or blueberries

Best of luck to you!  I have to run.  Hungry kiddos yet again!  If you have any brilliant snack ideas, please share them below  We’d love to hear from you.  Chat with you all next week!

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