Some kids look forward to snack time all morning. As a break from learning, snack time is a time for kids to relax and refuel for the rest of the day. As a parent, you want to make sure that your kids have a healthy, energizing and delicious snack. Food full of refined sugar can make their blood sugar spike, leading to a "sugar high" and a quick crash. Finding school snack foods that are packed with nutrients and other good stuff is easy with a little bit of planning.
Fruits and Veggies
If your child like sweets, fruits are a healthy way to let her snack on natural sugar while still packing in the fiber and nutrients. A container of pineapple chunks, cantaloupe slices and seedless grapes makes a nice sweet snack. Alternatively, try making fruit salad with apples, pears and strawberries. Throw in some plain yogurt or creamy dressing for bulk. Chopped-up veggies, such as carrots and celery, are nice for dipping into hummus or creamy salad dressing. You can also give your child a container of cherry or grape tomatoes as a nutritious snack.
Instead of coming up with a whole new food for snack time, make smaller versions of lunch or dinner foods. Mini sandwiches are an obvious choice, but you can also make miniature pizzas on mini pita. Top with your child's favorite vegetables and cheese. Miniature hot dogs and hamburgers give a quick boost of energy midday, as does a mini quiche. For something sweeter, try making mini muffins. All you need is a properly sized muffin tray. Use whole-wheat flour and fruit or maple syrup to sweeten instead of sugar.
Instead of potato chips, give your child flavored rice cakes for a snack. Baked corn chips are also a tasty alternative. Accompany them with a small container of salsa or creamy dip for dipping. Air-popped popcorn, nuts and raisins are all other healthy snack-food ideas.
Cereal bars are a healthy and delicious snack that can give your child an energy boost. Many packaged cereal bars offer both nutrients and taste. You can also make your own cereal bars. Simply cook rolled oats and bran with maple syrup, butter and cinnamon for tasty cereal bars that your kids can enjoy at school. Add dried fruits to make the batch sweeter.
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