Although it’s healthier to limit snacking for kids, the reality is that kids today snack more often than they used to. Not only are they snacking more, the type of snacks are nothing that your pediatrician would cheer about. According to a 2009 survey, 88% of American kids are consuming snacks that are high in calories and low in nutrients–cookies, chips, muffins, etc.
So, if your kids must have a nibble in between meals, healthy snack recipes and ideas will help your kids get some added nutrients throughout the day. Having healthy snacks in your home or on-the-go (when my kids do most of their snacking) only requires a little bit of forward planning.
In addition to making some of our own snacks, we also have a snack basket in our pantry with some healthier choices that our kids can grab-and-go. This comes in handy if we have to run out the door at the last minute, and I need something to take along.
Remember, you are your child’s best role model in the eating arena. If you are providing a healthy snack option for your kids, let them watch you eat it too!
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See also: “85 Snack Ideas for Kids (and Adults)” from 100daysofrealfood.com