Healthy Snacks for Kids

Healthy Snacks for Kids

Offer healthy snacks to your kids, replace chips and sweets with healthy natural food. Snacks are “empty calories” food with lot of fat, sugar and salt. It is much better to replace it with healthy natural snacks. Here are some healthy snack ideas for kids.

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Fruit and fruit yogurt, because fruit sugar is absorbed more slowly and provides energy over a longer period than sugar from sweets, and also fruits contain vitamins and minerals. Adding raisins increases their nutritional level. A few carrot sticks are a healthy snack too, but there are many other nutritional alternatives to “junk food”.

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The best choices for healthy snacks

  • A small baked potato with melted reduced-fat cheese and salsa
  • Canned salmon mixed with low-fat mayo and spread on baked whole-grain crackers
  • Apple slices with string cheese or peanut
  • Whole-wheat pita-bread triangles or baked wheat crackers with melted reduced-fat cheese for dipping
  • Whole-grain tortilla chips topped with veggies, salsa and shredded cheese, alongside guacamole for dipping
  • Whole-grain pretzels, soy crisps, baked pita chips or rice cakes with a slice of cheese
  • Baked whole-grain crackers with almond butter, and 4 to 6 ounces of 100 percent fruit juice (you could also dilute the fruit juice in carbonated soda water to give your toddler a fizzy, fruity drink)
  • Whole-wheat tortilla chips with bean dip
  • Whole grain, fiber-rich cereal with (or without) milk
  • Cucumbers or red peppers with low-fat dressing for dipping
  • Frozen no-sugar-added fruit bars with a glass of milk
  • Yogurt smoothie made with low-fat yogurt, milk, ice and any fruit (toddler favorites include bananas, strawberries, blueberries and cantaloupe)
  • Berries topped with a smidge of low-fat frozen yogurt
  • Banana slices dipped in yogurt, rolled in crushed cereal and frozen
  • Low-fat yogurt topped with granola and fresh fruit
  • Microwave-cooked apple, peach or pear slices sprinkled with cinnamon and topped with yogurt
  • A turkey-cheese roll up
  • Mini-pizza (tomato sauce and cheese melted on crackers)
  • Bite-sized freeze-dried fruit
  • Shelled halved gouda cheese or chickpeas
  • Egg salad, scooped up with crackers or cooked vegetables
  • Cottage cheese with cut-up peaches, nectarines, pineapple or bananas
  • A graham cracker sandwich filled with a scoop of frozen yogurt and sliced bananas
  • All-fruit fruit leather with a glass of milk
  • Graham crackers with applesauce for dipping
  • Graham cracker with low-fat cream cheese

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