Kids are ever-growing little creatures that have an almost constant need to fuel their bodies. It’s enough to drive a person crazy at times. Instead of fighting the tide, a little planning ahead can go a long way towards keeping kids as healthy and sated as possible while saving your sanity. The following are a few things that you can try to have on hand at most times for healthy snacking. Of course, vary to keep it fresh and plan with respect to food allergies or other needs.
Fruits for the Win
Fruit is one of the easiest things to keep on hand and kids usually like fruit, so keep a variety rotating such as:
Veggies may not be as well received as other snacks, but keeping dips like hummus, sour cream and onion dip, guacamole, and ranch dressing can help to keep them popular. Keep cut up carrots, celery, cucumbers, peppers, (and even cauliflower and broccoli for adventurous kids) front and center in the fridge with their respective dips to make it easy to make a healthy choice.
Proteins and Carbs
Proteins and carbs can be healthy, filling, and perfect for refueling after expending a lot of energy. Keeping crackers and cheese, deli meats, hard boiled eggs, cooked off chicken, and other proteins easily accessible can help kids to stave off their hunger demons when the next meal is still far off.
With all of these different types of snacks available, it should be easy to keep kids eating healthy. However, if you make these things and then grab potato chips or a sweet dessert yourself, kids will likely follow your example. Model healthy eating and eat healthy snacks with your kids for best results.