Healthy Snacking

Healthy nutrition is essential for physical and mental development in young children, increasing energy and focus. Yet providing healthy snack options for kids can feel daunting. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless.

Try out these tips to encourage nutritious snacking in your children.

  • Keep it fun: Cut cheese with cookie cutters or make silly faces from a plate of veggies.
  • Create accessibility: Make a nutritious snack station in your home full of ready-to-eat foods.
  • Improvise: Hide veggies in your kids favorite foods. For example, you can substitute apple sauce and banana for sugar in baking; add mashed, cooked cauliflower into mac and cheese; add shredded carrots or zucchini to pancakes or muffins; or have your child come up with a smoothie recipe that tastes great and includes veggies and fruits that represent colors of the rainbow.
  • Team up: Go grocery shopping with your kids and let them find healthy foods they enjoy or put them in charge of preparing veggies for dinner on certain nights of the week.

For more ideas to stay healthy as a family, visit:parenting.org