Healthy Snacks for Kids – Dr. Ann's Advice for the Healthiest Kids Snacks
As a family physician, nutrition expert, and mother of 4, I am delighted to share my top picks for the healthiest snacks for kids.
- Cut fresh veggies (baby carrots, celery sticks, bell pepper strips, broccoli/cauliflower florets, etc.) – serve along with a “healthy dip” like hummus, low-fat salad dressing, guacamole, or salsa.
- Low-fat yogurt – plain sweetened with blended fruit or a bit frozen fruit juice concentrate is best. If you use low-fat fruit flavored yogurts, cut in half with plain to reduce their sugar content.
- Nuts or seeds – almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, etc. Don’t forget about sunflower seeds and toasted pumpkin seeds.
- Fresh, frozen or dried fruit – serve cut up in an interesting cup or bowl. Even better, create a “healthful” fruit/yogurt parfait by alternating layers of fruit with low-fat yogurt and granola.
- Roasted soy nuts – try them! Most kids find them delicious.
- Reduced-fat cheese – you can now find an amazing array of cheeses made from 2% milk in lots of kid friendly packaging.
- Whole grain crackers, like Ak-mak, Kashi TLC, or Triscuits with 2% milk cheese, peanut butter, almond nut butter, hummus, salsa, or spreadable fruit.
- Granola bars
- Hard-boiled omega-3 fortified eggs
- A piece of dark chocolate or a cup of hot cocoa made with low-fat/skim milk and “real” cocoa powder
Remember as a parent you have the single greatest impact on your child’s diet and nutrition so make those snacks healthy. If you would like my best advice for “grown-ups,” check out my free article, Healthy Snacking.