Snacks are a must in a child's
day. My kids are always asking for snacks, even
as soon as 20 minutes after having a meal! And, if
I'm not prepared at home or on the go, I end up
giving them junk food, knowing
it's not the best choice.
So, I decided to put together a healthy
snack list to keep it handy and make it
easier when I need it. It has worked so well, that
I'm sharing it with you. I suggest you print it
and hang on your fridge!
Here you can download the
Foto: Dariela Cruz
1. Pita wedges with hummus:
Bring the hummus separate so they can dip or make
them ahead with the hummus inside the pita.
2. Carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes and
broccoli: With some guacamole or other
type of dip.
3. Granola bars: There are
plenty of choices, be careful to read the labels
and choose the healthy kind.
4. Apple slices with peanut butter:
This is one of my favorite snacks. Kids
love to have a little bowl with the peanut butter
to dip in.
5. Fruit, fruit, fruit! Fill
little containers with fruits or mix several
fruits in one container, kids love this! Depending
on the season, I suggest: grapes, strawberries,
apples, oranges, bananas, mangoes, nectarines and
pineapple. Tip: take toothpicks for them to grab
the fruit! (this is for older children)
6. Crackers with spreadable cheese
wedges: They LOVE to get their own little
wedge of cheese and spread it on their cracker.
They also love to have the little crackers served
with the cheese and just grab them.
7. String cheese: This is an
all time favorite and so easy to have on hand.
8. Applesauce: Also an all
time favorite and easy to take, but don't forget
the spoon or opt for the squeezable version.
9. Animal crackers: I think
having some sweets is necessary. Kids just love
cookies, and animal crackers have a good healthy
amount of sweetness.
10. Cereal: Forget about the
milk, place them in a little snack bowl and make
sure to have a cereal that has a good amount of
whole grains, fibers, is low in sugar and free of
artificial colors and flavors.
11. Quesadillas: Sometimes I
do a dinner of quesadillas but, it can be a great
snack. Kids love it.
12. Yogurt: I get the little
containers, the squeezable long ones and the ones
with granola or nuts on top. Yogurt is a never-
fail snack and it's very versatile.
Try not to buy junk food to keep around the
house. Sometimes we do eat cake, cookies and
sweets but, they become very special because we
don't have them around and it is not for every
I try not to let them eat
snacks all over the
house, because they won't give the food its value
or they might eat much more than they need to.
Most of the time I give them a little bowl with
their snacks and sit them at their little table.
They love this and feel special!
Do you have more snacks suggestions? Share them
and add to this list!