When your child gets home from school, we know you want to give them something healthy. We also know you want something quick and easy! We’ve pulled together some healthful snack ideas that don’t require any preparation, some that can be quickly prepared, and one easy, adventurous option!
1. Reduced fat or low moisture string cheese
A good old-fashioned string cheese stick is a quick and easy snack. Kids love peeling string cheese themselves. Try to get the reduced fat or low moisture string cheese for a lower saturated fat option.
2. Fresh fruit
You can’t go wrong with a piece of fresh fruit. Whether it’s berries or bananas, fruit provides your child vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Fruit is also hydrating, as it can have a high-water content depending on the fruit.
3. Whole grain cheese crackers
There are plenty of cheese crackers that kids love. Many of these cheese crackers now have a whole grain option. Choose the whole grain version and make sure to check the serving size on the nutrition facts label.
Yogurt can provide calcium, protein, and probiotics (friendly gut bacteria) for your child. Do read the nutrition facts label on the back though, as some yogurts can be full of less healthy ingredients. Here are some tips for choosing a yogurt:
5. Unsalted, unbuttered microwave popcorn
This delicious crunchy snack is actually a whole grain, and can go towards the goal of making half your grains whole! But before you reach for the movie theater-style popcorn, it is important to know that it can be loaded with unhealthy fats and sodium. Choose the unsalted or unbuttered option at the store. You can also make a healthy version of popcorn at home on the stovetop or in the microwave using olive or canola oil. Add a little bit of seasoning of your choice for flavoring. Cayenne pepper can be delicious on popcorn!
This yogurt crunch parfait is quick to throw together and looks and tastes delicious! Full of calcium and fresh fruit, this parfait is fun AND healthful.
7. Apple slices with cinnamon dip
Our simple cinnamon dip is only three ingredients and pairs perfectly with sliced apples. All you need is:
8. Strawberries with dark chocolate hummus
Do your kids love hummus? If they weren’t a fan before, they definitely will be after trying the new dessert hummus. You can find this pre-made hummus in the refrigerated section of the deli at your local grocery store.
This amazing dip is still made of chickpeas but tastes like chocolate. Scoop out some hummus and put it in a small bowl for your kids to dip fruit in. Check the nutrition facts label for the serving size. Chickpeas have protein and fruit has fiber, both of which can help keep your child feeling full.
Written by Taylor Newman, Ph.D. Candidate | Edited by Laurel Sanville, MS, RDN, LD
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Yogurt parfait: FoodTalk