Topic: what are some healthy snacks i can serve my children?
April 26, 2019 / By Briscoe Question:
My kids are 2 and 7. Usually we eat breakfast, have a snack eat lunch, then have after school snack, eat dinner and have a bed time snack. I know snacks are important to keep the kids enegized and full between meals but, I have a hard time choosing healthy snacks for my kids. I always have fresh fruit, Bannana's , grapes, oranges and apples. But my 7 year old always complains about the fruit. What are some alternatives to icecream, chips and cookies?
Aiah | 4 days ago
Barbara's Granola Bars, Cinnamon Raisin, Oats and Honey, Carob Chip & Peanut Butter
Barbara's Multigrain Cherry, Strawberry & Apple Cinnamon Cereal Bars
Barbara's Snackimals, Oatmeal, Carob Chip, & Vanilla
Basil's Animal Crackers
Blue Diamond Plain Almond
Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds
Bodhi Jungle Nut Crunch Bar
Cal-Tropic Ameri-Mix Fruit & Nut Snack Mix
Cal-Tropic Totally California Trail Mix
Cliff Bars, Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch, Chocolate Almond Fudge, Cookies and Crème, and Chocolate Brownie
Cliff Z Bar - peanut butter, chocolate brownie, apple caramel
Dakota Gourmet Honey Roasted Sunflower Kernal
Dakota Gourmet Lightly Salted Sunflower Kernal
David Pumpkin Seeds
David Sunflower Seeds
Envirokidz Crispy Rice Bar
Famous Amos Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Frito Lay Baked Doritos
Frito Lay Baked Lays
Frito Lay Rold Gold Pretzels
Frunola Energy Bars
General Mills Chex Mix
General Mills Morning Mix
Genisoy Soy Crisps
Glad Corn Original A-Maizing Gorn Snack
Golden Nut Chile Y Limon Garbanzos
Golden Nut Chile Y Limon Havas
Health Valley Apple Cobbler
Health Valley Granola Bars
Health Valley Solar Bars, Berry, Peanut Butter & Chocolate
Health Valley Strawberry Cobbler
Kellogg's Nutrigrain Bars
Kellogg's Pop Tarts
Kettle Krisps, BBQ & Low Salt
Kettle Valley Fruit Bars
Kirkland's Trail Mix
Kudos Milk Chocolate Granola Bars, Chocolate Chip & M & M's Flavor
Mr. Krispers Rice Chips
Mr. Nature Unsalted Trail Mix
Nabisco Corn Nuts, Original, BBQ, Chili Picante Con Limon, Red Hot, Taco
Natural Value Fruit Leathers, Apricot, Peach, Raspberry, Strawberry
Nature Valley Bars
Newman's Own Salted Rounds Pretzels
Pita Cheddar Cheese Snax
Pita Cinnamon Snax
Planter's "Heat" Hot Spicy Peanuts
Robert's American Gourmet Buds
Robert's American Gourmet Fruity Booty
Robert's American Gourmet Pirate Booty
Robert's American Gourmet Potato Flyers
Soy Nut Butter Pretzel Sticks
Tumaro's Krispy Crunchy Puffs, Tangy BBQ, Natural Corn, Ranch and Herb & Cheddar
· Fruits and Vegetables – Almost all of the snacks served to children should be fruits or
vegetables. Do taste tests or let kids choose (or vote for) new fruits and vegetables to try.
Fruit can be served whole, sliced, cut in half, cubed, or in wedges. Canned, frozen, and
dried fruits are easy and usually need little preparation. Healthy options include: fresh fruits
and vegetables; frozen fruit; applesauce; fruit cups or canned fruit (in juice or light syrup);
dried fruit and fruit leathers (without added sugars); fruit salad; fruit juice popsicles; and
homemade smoothies. Vegetables can be served with dips like hummus, bean dip, or salad
dressing; in salads; or veggie pockets in whole wheat pita.
· Healthy Grains (whole grains that are low in fats and sugars) - Serve mostly whole grains,
which provide more fiber, vitamins, and minerals than refined grains. (Whole wheat [or
other whole grain] should be the first ingredient listed.) Healthy whole grain options can
include: English muffins, pita, or tortillas; breakfast cereal; crackers; rice cakes; popcorn;
tortilla chips; granola; cereal bars; breadsticks; or flatbreads. Refined grains, such as
pretzels and goldfish, should not be everyday offerings. Be sure to read nutrition labels to
pick options that are low in sugars, saturated fat, and trans fat.
· Low-Fat Dairy Foods - To protect children’s bones and hearts, make sure all dairy foods are
low-fat or fat-free, such as yogurt and low-fat pudding. Since cheese is the #2 source of
heart-damaging saturated fat in children’s diets, choose lower-fat cheeses, serve small
portions, and serve cheese with other foods like fruit, vegetables, or whole grain crackers.
· Nuts and Trail Mix - Since nuts are high in calories, it is best to serve small portions (a small
handful) and serve them along with another snack, such as fruit.
· Water should be the main drink served to kids at snack times. Water satisfies thirst
without adding calories or sugars (and it is low-cost!).
· Seltzer or Sparkling Water – Look for calorie-free varieties; flavored or unflavored.
· Low-Fat and Fat-Free Milk – Milk is a terrific source of calcium and vitamin D, but it is also
the #1 source of heart-damaging saturated fat in children’s diets. Choose fat-free (skim) or
low-fat (1%) instead of whole or 2% (reduced-fat) milk. Soy and rice “milks” (fortified with
calcium and vitamin D) also are healthy options.
· Fruit Juice – Choose only 100% fruit juice, but limit juice to no more than 6 ounces (a little
less than a cup) for 1-6 year olds and no more than 12 ounces (1½ cups) for 7-18 year olds.
Avoid juice drinks, which, nutritionally, are no better than soda pop. The label should list
100% juice and avoid drinks with sugar or high fructose corn syrup in the ingredient list.
1. Fresh fruit: whole peaches, peeled and sectioned oranges, halves of bananas, whole apples (or quartered apples), Lots of fruit with no frills.
2. Yogurt. Low fat is preferred.
3. Rice cakes. They come in a million yummy flavors.
4. Granola bars. Try both the soft and crunchy varieties.
5. Cut up veggies. All you need is a knife to prepare for easy munching red peppers, celery, steamed broccoli (microwave for this one), baby carrots, etc. etc.
My recommendation would be to always have fresh fruit available and one other snack. Like an "apple and a granola bar" or an "orange and a yogurt".
2. Triscuits or other whole grain crackers
3. Whole wheat and peanut butter sandwich quarters (tiny sandwiches), or tuna, egg salad, lean meat
4. Small pieces of bagels with peanut butter or cottage cheese
5. Fruit smoothies for a real treat (yogurt, fruit, orange juice)...you'll need a blender for this one.
1. Small pieces of baked potatoes sprinkled with parmesan cheese
2. Low fat raisin English muffin quarters
3. Whole wheat pita quarters warmed in microwave.
4. And for a special holiday treat make this fun snack in the microwave. (spread peanut butter on a cored apple half, sprinkle with brown sugar, cover with plastic wrap or waxed paper, microwave a minute or so until softened (experiment with the time). Great for Halloween
1. Ice water
2. Low fat chocolate milk
3. Bottled water with lemon or lime quarters (let kids squeeze them into water).
4. V-8 juice with celery sticks
5. Fruit juice (you may wish to dilute)
maybe u should give them fresh fruits and some vitamins,but every weekends you can give them meats, american breakfast and anything else that is good for them
i haave loved peanut butter all my life so they might like that if you my a peanutbutter and sugar sandwhich it is really good and you dont have to load it with sugar
you need apples and peanut butter. Instead of cutting the apples in 4, you want to slice them in half, not the long way, but lay them sideways, when you slice them you will see the star in the middle now you slice them about 1 inch thick each will have a star shape. You can take that to the class explain why it is healthy and have the children explore what shape is in the middle. Then come prepared with plastic knifes so the children can spread the peanut butter on themselves and watch the stars disappear! Or you could spread it on yourself at home. It worked wonders in my classroom when I did it with my 4 yr. olds.
yogurt ... smoothies with fruit and yogurt ... cheese and crackers ... pb&j (or soy butter and jam if you're holding off on peanut butter) ... pretzels ... popcorn (healthy if you don't get the kind with lots of salt and butter) ... cereal ... cereal bars ... baby carrots ... grape tomatoes ... snap peas (my kids love them raw) ... whole wheat english muffins with jam ... fruit juice popsicles ...
my kids are happier if i have lots of different fruit choices so they don't get boring ... consider melons, berries, kiwi, mango, plums, peaches, nectarines, pineapple, etc. I know it's the wrong season but splurging once in a while on other fruits makes them more attractive. You can also do frozen fruits....