Kids need healthy snacks. They need them in their lunch boxes, after school, and when they just can’t make it to dinner because you are running late.
How do you help them get something quickly that will still be healthy?
Of course, there are many packaged snacks that claim to be good for you. But, we all know the best way to eat nutritiously is to eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
A great strategy for incorporating fruits and veggies is to just combine them with other yummy food. It takes a few seconds more to add a fruit or vegetable into a snack preparation and your kid might not even notice that it is there!
Also, by adding sources of protein to the fresh fruit or veggie, you are making a little “meal” that has a chance of sustaining your child.
The most famous combinations are carrots and ranch dressing and apples and peanut butter. Dipping these crunchy things into a yummy sauce makes kids feel in control. My child will eat 2 carrots if I give her this snack. Amazing, no?
Here are some examples and a recipe to get your ideas flowing.
- Apples and peanut butter
- Carrots and ranch dressing
- Avocado spread on whole wheat toast
- Watermelon cubes mixed with feta cheese (or any cheese)
- Plain yogurt with frozen berries
- Ants on a log (celery, peanut butter, and raisins)
Carrot, Cream Cheese, and Raisin Bites Recipe
1 whole wheat tortilla
1 tablespoon cream cheese
1/2 carrot, grated
Spread cream cheese on tortilla. Add grated carrots and raisins and roll up. Slice into 10 pieces and enjoy!
Lisa Cain, Ph.D. writes about healthy snacks on Snack-Girl.com. She is a published author, mother of two, and avid snacker.