Sensible Snacktime Suggestions

“I want a snack!” If you are a parent to young children, you may also hear this phrase ALL day long. My 3-year-old would eat only ice cream and cookies if I let her. As a mom to a toddler, I can relate to the frustrations that come along with their constant snacking, picky eating at meals and lack of fruits and veggies in their diets. It’s our job as parents to at least try to encourage healthy snacks instead of the usual cookie, chip and gummi fruit snacks that most kids love. Here are 3 super easy but healthy snack picks you can make with your kids (and they might even eat them!) Good luck and don’t give up! Keep trying new foods and repeat ones they didn’t like in the past. They might like them this time around.

                                                              

Smoothies galore: The basic recipe that I like to use per serving is 1 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt (for tons more protein than any other yogurt), 1 cup of any fresh or frozen fruit and about ½ cup skim, soy or almond milk. If you are using only fresh fruit, you may also want to add a few ice cubes.

Fruit (or veg) kabobs: Cut any fresh fruits and/or veggies and put on a stick layered with a cut-up string cheese stick. Or use an all-veggie kabob and serve with a side of hummus.

Yogurt sundae: Put 1 cup any non-fat organic vanilla Greek yogurt into a bowl and ask your child to top with berries, sliced bananas or any other fruit. You can even use a few raisins or chocolate chips!

 

Laura Burak completed her dietetic internship and nutrition master's degree program at New York University and currently runs her own practice, Laura Burak Nutrition. 

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