We try to eat healthy at our house, but I’ve found it hard to have healthy snacks. We try to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables, but I still find my self grading sugary snacks around 4:00!
Here are some fun healthy snack tips from Terra’s Kitchen:
- Make a snack box or drawer: Clean out the junk drawer or create a special snack box in the kitchen and turn it over to the kids. Fill it with an assortment of healthy, mom-approved snacks – think granola bars (look for ones that are lower in added sugars and higher in fiber and protein), mini Larabars, portioned out bags of trail mix, or dried fruit- and let kids help themselves to one after school.
- Serve up a cheese plate. Plate up a mix of sliced, shredded, or diced cheese; crackers, pita chips, or tortillas; raw snap peas, sliced cucumber, or cherry tomatoes; and sliced apples, grapes, or dried apricots. Let them help themselves to the assortment.
- Blend up a smoothie. Let the kids choose fruits-banana, frozen berries, kiwi, and pineapple- to add to a simple yogurt-based smoothie. Work together to prep the ingredients and let them adjust the mix by adding a little OJ, milk, honey, cocoa powder, and/or vanilla.
- And remember: A snack should be smaller than a meal since it’s just meant to tide your kids over until dinner. You want them to be hungry by the time dinner rolls around since it will increase the likelihood that they will eat what you make.