Nutrition is one of the most, if not THE most, important thing for a developing child. What they put in their bodies now sets the stage for what they will be able to achieve, not only now, but later down the line as they enter school. Not only that, but setting healthy habits at an early age, gives them a better chance of having healthy habits as they age.
I don’t think it’s any question that snack time is one of a child’s favorite part of the day. I mean, who doesn’t love a little extra food during their day, right? The most common snacks are chips, fruit snacks, and the ever-popular goldfish. It is easy to understand why these snacks are so popular – they are easy to quickly put together and kids LOVE them at school. But, when your kids are at home, you have the most say over what your kid eats. Because of that, we recommend either packing these snacks in your child’s lunch or serving up these snacks at home; because snack time doesn’t need to always be unhealthy. In fact, studies show that kids who get a healthy snack during the day vs. something sugary have better focus and are less tired.
Healthy snacks like fruits and veggies give your child the fuel they need to have a very productive day! There are many options out there such as chips made from dried bananas that your child won’t even notice aren’t the normal treats they are used to! Here are some more healthy snack ideas and recipes.
Oatmeal Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Your kiddos will LOVE these! These energy bites are no-bake, and even better, easy enough for kids to help you with. These are a perfect combo of sweet and salty, and not to mention, are ooey gooey!
Applesauce is an easy snack to pack, it’s painless and requires little to no effort for clean up. The problem with store-bought applesauce is the scary amount of sugar in them! Homemade applesauce is simple to make, and you get to choose how much sugar goes into it. What more could you want?
This granola recipe is healthy, and better yet is quick to package up as a snack or enjoy for breakfast with milk or yogurt! You can also control how much sugar or sweetness goes in this granola. After all, we know the disturbing amount of sugar most cereal/granola has in it!
Ants on a Log
When you were a kid, you most likely had this infamous snack! This snack is super easy to make and helps get your kids into the kitchen because it is so fun to create! Ants on a Log are packed with protein and can serve as a little mid-day treat.
Cheese, Crackers, & Fruit
No recipe is needed for this simple snack that almost all kids will love! Slice up some fruit (Apples or Grapes taste best!) with some healthy crackers and cheddar cheese or mozzarella cheese sticks. They can mix and match what they eat together.
Veggie/Meat & Cheese Wraps
The best part about wraps is the variety of ways you can make them! You can make them with fruit, veggies, and/or deli meat! If you want to make it more fun for your kid to eat, slice the wrap into bite-size pieces so it looks like a pinwheel!
These snacks are just barely scratching the surface of the many options that can be packed in your kid’s lunch for snacks or quick and easy to serve at home on a weekend or for a play date. If you are in need of some additional ideas, a quick and easy Google search will bring you endless results! We hope these snacks go a long way in helping your child’s future mood, behavior, and development!