Anyone who is looking for a quick snack for their child knows how hard it can be while trying to stay on a budget and healthy at the same time. Sometimes the quickest snacks are the most expensive or the least healthy, which is why it is best to come up with ideas beforehand so you are always prepared. Considering that you have a growing child, you will probably experience lots of eating and a great deal of snacking; eventually you’ll have a good idea what your child is willing to eat. After dealing with hundreds of children in our Albuquerque childcare centers, here are a few snack suggestions that might help you:
Nuts, Seeds, and Fruits
Eating healthy doesn’t have to taste bad as many people seem to think. You can easily eat well with a combination of nuts, seeds, and dried fruits, which has enough fat, protein, and sugar to keep your child going for a long time. Your children will enjoy these snacks due to the sugar from the dried fruit, but the nuts and seeds will be excellent and healthy for her own brain. Compared with chips or other unhealthy foods, your children will enjoy fruit and nut mixtures far more as it will provide them with nutrition that lasts a lot longer.
The best part about a mix made of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit is that you can make a project with your child to create your own. Knowing what your children is going to like is as hard for you as anyone else so why not try to incorporate them into the snack decision. By going to the bulk food section of your local store, you can easily pick out all the ingredients that they want to put into their mixture. In addition to your homemade trail mix, some fruits might be a good option as well.
Fruits On the Go
Another great snack, which is full of nutrients, but is also more filling is regular fruit. A quick banana is great, but add some almond butter and it is even healthier and it tastes good as well. Also, if you have other fruits that are simple to snack on, these are great for times when you want children to avoid salty snacks that are not as healthy.
Best of all, most of the fruits are easily taken on the go. With children as busy as they are with sporting and school events, it is often difficult to find something that can be so easily taken for long periods of time. A more convenient way of taking fruit as a snack on the go is by using dried fruit; you can find dried fruits at many grocery stores.
Making quick snacks can be a fun task for all of your children and yourself. While it may not be easy to find the time every single day to make a batch, doing a large serving each week with your kids can not only be fun, but also very tasty and healthy. Snacking is fine when a young child is growing, but it is important to start them off with the right kind of habits if they are going to make a habit out of it.