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6 quick snacks for kids

Published in Pediatrics Author: Katie Krebs

The minute they walk in the door at the end of the school day, the first thing kids ask for is something to eat. While it may not be the healthiest option, it is often easy to grab a bag of potato chips or a sugar-filled granola bar to satisfy a hungry child. To help make the healthy choice an easy choice, keep your kitchen stocked with these nutritious and tasty snacks.

  1. Fresh fruits: Apples, bananas, and oranges make great snacks. Children will gravitate to what is in sight. So keep a bowl on the counter stocked with fruit so that it is visible and easily accessible.
  2. String cheese: Loaded with calcium and protein, string cheese is an easy grab and go snack for little ones to feed themselves. Nothing is more fun than pulling apart those little strings of cheese.
  3. Squeeze applesauce: Grab and go applesauce are a great option for throwing in your bag on the run for a snack that is little on the mess and big on the flavor. For a more filling option, some brands add chia and oatmeal as well.
  4. Popcorn: Instead of giving the kids salty potato chips, treat your kids to some popcorn. This whole grain snack is quick to make and usually a crowd pleaser. Steer clear of caramel corn or other premade flavored popcorn. Instead, try flavoring it yourself with powdered Parmesan cheese or your favorite seasoning. 
  5. Trail mix: Nuts are a great source of healthy fats and fiber. Throw together a mix of nuts and dried fruit in a container to dish out at snack time. Get creative and try different types of nuts such as peanuts, almonds, pecans, and walnuts.
  6. Veggies and dip: Cut up some fresh veggies or keep ready-to-eat pea pods or baby carrots in the fridge for a quick snack. Offer with a dip such as hummus or your child’s favorite dressing.

By doing your best to keep the house stocked with healthy, easy, grab-and-go options, you will be able to satisfy the cravings of your kids — even when you are bolting out the door to sports and activities.