This Healthy Snacks for Kids collection includes numerous simple dishes full of real-food nutrients, making them perfect for adding to lunchboxes, serving as after-school choices, or providing on-the-go energy boosts. Make sure your children's snack time contributes to their daily nutrition by giving them whole foods. Children, like adults, need an array of nutrients for the growth and development of their bodies' cells and immune systems, including protein, carbohydrates, and fat.
When planning for the return of the school year, it is important to remember that proper nutrition is essential for the growth and development of our children. Parents should pay special attention to choosing healthy snack alternatives since they account for a significant portion of their children's daily calorie intake. Even if they enjoyed a particular treat yesterday, there's no guarantee they'll go for it again today. Here is a selection of nutritious after-school treats recommended by dietitians.
Are you need a kid-friendly snack that can be prepared in a flash? For a nutritious snack, try the fruit kabobs dipped in a yogurt sauce strewn with sprinkles to evoke the rainbow.
Tomatoes and Cheese
Kids always seem to love string cheese and poppable tomatoes. Serve low-fat string cheese with grape or cherry tomatoes (or larger tomatoes cut into slices or pieces if that's how they like to eat them). Cheese's 5-8 gram protein content is excellent for keeping youngsters fed and active. Additionally, tomatoes are a good source of vitamins and antioxidants.
Nuts and seeds are great options for a nutritious kid-friendly snack, provided your child does not have an allergy to them. They offer the energetic trinity of fiber, protein, and fat. Incorporate some dried fruit into the mix for some more flavor and a touch of sweetness without resorting to additional sugar.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Tacos
Kids of all ages agree that peanut butter and jelly make the perfect sandwich. Your youngster is going to love these Peanut Butter and Jelly Tacos. They're easy to prepare and are ideal for lunchboxes. The three essential components of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich are used to create these tacos. Sandwiches are made using bread, Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter, and Smucker's® Strawberry Jam. While I'm sure many of you would defend grape jelly, strawberry jam reigns supreme at my home. When combined with fresh strawberries and blueberries, it's quite delicious.
Lemon Blueberry Bread With Glaze
If you're into baking, this will give you time to test your skills. You'll be happy you baked some nutritious blueberry lemon bread for yourself and your family in the morning or as a midday snack. Those tastes are enlightening when baked into a loaf of bread and topped with a lemon glaze for breakfast or lunch.
Apple Pie Snack Cups
The children believe they are eating deconstructed pie, but the adults are in on the secret. These snack cups are a great replacement since they taste the same without adding butter or processed sugar.
Raspberry Lemon Mini Muffins
Mini muffins made with tart raspberries and tangy lemon are gluten-free and low in sugar and fat but big on taste. Keep some in the freezer and toast them whenever you need a quick snack after school.
Mini Peanut Butter Protein Bars
Of course, we can't leave the chocolates behind. The crisp rice cereal in these Peanut Butter Protein Bars adds a satisfying crunch, and the melted dark chocolate drizzle provides the perfect amount of sweetness to balance off the saltiness of the peanut butter. You can add some chocolate chips if you want!
Want to try any of the snacks above? These healthy snacks will surely lift your kids' mood and also yours! They can enjoy great food and be healthy at the same time! This Healthy Snacks for Kids collection includes several simple dishes full of real-food nutrients and are perfect for adding to lunchboxes, providing alternatives after school, or providing on-the-go energy boosts. Click on the image to see the recipe!