We do have three meals at the table together on most days. But still, when 10am and 3:30pm roll around the kids are eager for a snack. I'm not a complete snack nazi; I do allow the occasional candy bar or cookie--but we try to differentiate between those and snacks by calling anything super sweet (and with little or no nutritional value) a "treat." When my son says he is hungry and then asks for a twizzler, I (hopefully gently) correct him by saying, "Bud, that's a treat, not a snack. It won't help your tummy feel full at all." I hope to be able to help them establish good habits without becoming stressed about always eating healthy.
All of that being said, keeping healthy snacks on hand is quite a challenge. Here's a list of snacks we try to have available for the 10 and 3:30 munchies.
2. Whenever possible, I like to have homemade options on hand, and these Easy Granola Bars are still a favorite around here. (seen here and here as well)
3. Muffins, muffins, and muffins! You can do so much with that one little bread. This list includes a fruit/veggie muffin that is very versatile and healthy and applesauce oatmeal muffins that would be great for breakfast or snack. There's another fruit muffin recipe here.
|also from Costco|
5. Pretzels are our go-to salty, starchy snack. There are so many different kinds of pretzels out there with an amazing range of price. We try different ones in different months. My fave is the honey wheat pretzel sticks. I never thought I liked mixing sweet and salty all that much, but the slight sweetness to these is yummy!
|one last Costco find|
7. Do your kids enjoy playing with their food? Make it possible with this Edible Play Dough!
8. Sometimes the kids come and ask for a second snack. If it's far enough away from meal time, I usually give the free reign with the fruits and vegetables drawer in the refrigerator. Baby carrots, chopped sweet peppers, apples, oranges, and pears are usually (And by usually I mean for up to a week after we take a big shopping trip) ready for extra hungry kiddos.
9. And of course there is the wonderful, magic, amazing cheese! My kids are picky about their cheese. They will only eat the mozzarella cheese sticks, but they'll eat cheddar melted on anything (grilled cheese, rollups, etc). When I know that dinner is going to be late or on those rare occasions when we're snacking our way through lunch time, cheese sticks come in quite handy!
22 Healthy Snacks for Kids. Some of them are admittedly only healthyish, but there are some great ideas!