Healthy Snacks for Kids are Easy!

There are so many quick and nutritious options available for healthy snacks for kids.

In addition to them being......well....healthy!, they are also an amazing way to help develop so many areas of preschool growth and development!

For example--

Luckily, there are quick and nutritious options available – all you have to do is to keep reading to find out how to put it together.

The time to figure out healthy snacks for kids is NOT when they’ve just returned home from school, famished, and whining that they’re “starving!” (Not that my angels have ever done this….)

With a bit of forethought and preparation, you can be ready to handle those hunger pangs with nutritious choices.

Healthy Snack Guidelines

There are a few things you need know about making healthy snacks for kids before you get started. The first is the amount of food to give for each snack.

So what are the correct portions for your child? I cover this in detail here in my Preschool Nutrition Guidelines article. 

Food Group Options

Next, of course, you need to arm yourself with knowledge about healthy options in each of the food groups. (I know what you’re thinking. And no, fruit roll-ups do not count as a fruit, nor do French fries count as a vegetable.)

Here are some examples from each food group:

Grain Group (preferably whole-grain):

Dairy Group           (fat-free or low-fat):

      Vegetable                 Group              (A few examples)

     Fruit Group               (A few examples)

Meat & Beans Group:

  • Bread slice
  • Toasted oat cereal
  • Graham crackers
  • Tortilla
  • Bagel
  • Low-fat granola
  • Milk
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet potato
  • Peas
  • Green beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Orange
  • Berries
  • Grapes (choking hazard-be sure to cut in half
  • Peach
  • Pear
  • Chicken
  • Lean beef
  • Almonds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Salmon

Now that you know some good selections from each food group, how about teaching the children all about it in a theme?!!  Here is my Preschool Nutrition Theme page that has over 40 activities for you to choose from!

Ideas for Healthy Snacks for Kids

I have a ton of information about healthy snacks for kids as well as 18 recipes that are quick, easy, fun and educational for your preschoolers!

CLICK here for the full article and 18 recipes!  

And, no matter how fun the snack looks, you'll always have at least one child how is "that Picky Eater".  But are they really being picky?  You might be surprised!!  Check out my article to learn more about that here.

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