Healthy School Snacks

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In this week’s guest post Kathy discusses healthy and fun foods for kids lunches and snacks.

Obesity in children is a big concern to me as a parent and also as a former overweight person.  Good eating habits truly start when children are toddlers.

For a number of years I was a preschool teacher.  The children ranged in age from 3 to 6.  Since they were there f or nearly 3 hours a morning, snack time was a part of our morning routine.  It was amazing to me the snacks that the children would bring.  Some parents paid a lot of attention to healthy snacks then there were others that allowed them to bring in cans of soda, candy and cookies.  There are so many healthy snacks that are very portable and easy for children to manage.

Here are just a few suggestions that I have for school snacks.

  1. Do not give your children too much to eat.  Normally snacks are to be eaten by a child in 5-10 minutes.  If they have had a good breakfast, they really don’t need more than a few things to eat.
  2. Make sure that what they take is easy for a child to open.  They feel more confident when they can do things themselves.
  3. Fruits and vegetables are great snacks.  You can cut them into bite size pieces and they can fit into a a little plastic container or even a sandwich bag.  Kids love to dip things so including something to dip into is also good idea.  Just a word of caution…it is best not to use things that are messy.  Peanut butter or hummus can be good with many veggies.
  4. Let you child help to pack his/her snack.  Give them a few options and let them choose.  They can also help make something like a slice of bread with peanut butter. They could also use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes.
  5. Limit drinks to the ones without added sugar.  Juices are good as long as they are naturally sweetened.  Small bottles of water or little plastic refillable bottles are great to put water into.
  6. Dry cereal is always a good snack.  What child doesn’t like cheerios?  Again, choose the ones without added sugar.  Whole grain cereals are good too.

These are just a few of the things that I have found that help with packing school snacks.  Encourage children to eat a variety of different foods.  Good eating habits should start early and learning how to snack on healthy foods will lead to good choices throughout their lives.

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