Healthy Snacks For Kids
Contributed by: News Canada
(NC) - Send your kids back to school with snacks that add variety and satisfy hunger between meals - but don't spoil their appetite. Nutrient-rich foods such as fresh fruit or vegetables (an apple or handful of carrot sticks) and dairy foods (a yogurt cup or small piece of cheese), are considered healthiest. But don't limit yourself - or your child. There are plenty of other nourishing alternatives to chocolate bars, candy and pop.
Checklist of Tasty Alternatives
- Granola bar
- Sunflower seeds
- Fruit bar
- Whole grain cookie
- Flavoured milk or soy beverage
- Light popcorn
Children are more likely to eat fruit if it is ready-to-eat. Pack your child's favourite fruit in protective plastic containers to prevent bruising. Here are some ideas: grapes, pineapple chunks, strawberries, cherries or pieces of melon, orange cut into wedges, bananas. Applesauce or fruit in convenient ready-to-eat individual snack cups, are good snacks too.
If your child is under 4-years-old, there's a risk of choking if snack foods are too large. Be sure to cut up any round, firm food to no larger than 1/2 inch/1 centimetre.