With warmer weather quickly approaching, your kids will probably be outside enjoying the sunshine. What are they are snacking on to fuel up? Without healthy options around the house, children may fill up on low nutrient foods like cookies and chips. Armed with a few basic recipes and staple ingredients, you can encourage your kids to enjoy making their own tasty and healthy snacks.5 Easy Snack Ideas:
Snacks don’t have to be complicated to be delicious and nutritious. Versatile, ready-to-eat staples like yogurt, unsalted nuts, fruits, pre-cut veggies, and whole grain crackers can be eaten alone or combined into new creations for something a bit more filling. Let your child’s creativity and taste buds be their guide.
Here are five kid-friendly snacks to get you started:
- Pita pizza pockets - Open up a halved mini whole wheat pita; fill with shredded mozzarella cheese, low sodium tomato sauce, and sliced bell peppers or mushrooms; microwave for 30 seconds or until the cheese has melted
- Yogurt parfait - Top plain yogurt with nuts, granola, and fresh fruit (BC is bursting with berries, peaches, and plums in the summer)
- Vegetable sticks with dip - Dunk your favourite veggies into hummus, guacamole or a Greek yogurt creation
- Cracker-wiches - Spread two low sodium whole wheat crackers with nut butter and top with sliced banana or strawberries
- Greek salad skewer - Toss together cubed feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, sliced cucumber, red or white wine vinegar, and olive oil then thread along a kabob skewer
Plan snacks ahead of time based on your child’s age and food skills; then head to the grocery store together to stock up on their favourites. Keep basic, easy-to-use ingredients available at home so older kids can easily make their own snacks. For younger kids, you may wish to pre-prepare the snacks.
Here are a few more creative ways to support your kids with healthy snacking:
- pre-cut fruits and vegetables
- make bigger batches of food - leftovers can make a great snack!
- set aside a special “snack” cupboard for your kids. Some of our top choices to include are: quick oats, unsalted trail mix, and dried fruit
Fiona Huynh and Jon Leung are third year dietetics students from UBC. As part of their professional practice course, they are being mentored by Dean Simmons on how to write consumer-focused articles for the public. Besides their interest in nutrition, they enjoy cooking, exploring new restaurants, and being outdoors.
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