We’ve rolled into a new school year under a “new normal”. Whether our children are learning via an in-person, hybrid or fully remote program, one consistent commonality amongst all groups is that they are always hungry. As a parent of teens, I can tell you that “snack time” doesn’t end as they get older. Their pallets become more mature and their requests more specific, but parents of children of all ages are constantly buying snacks. Insert collective sigh.
With that said, it’s important that we feed their bodies and brains with good snacks. Lack of proper nutrition makes it difficult for learners to concentrate. We’re asking children to work from an electronic device several hours per day, socially estranged from their peers. Naturally, youngsters are bright bursts of energy. Sugary snacks evoke a sugar high and crash cycle in children. We can’t reasonably expect our children to be at their best if we don’t fuel them appropriately.
Training our children to choose and enjoy healthful snacks will foster a lifestyle of good eating eat habits that transcends into adulthood. Watching caregivers regularly enjoy healthful snacks will provide an added benefit for children of all ages. So, eat them with and in front of your children. Healthful food doesn’t have to be boring. Presenting a variety of colorful foods to your children will have them reaching for their own nutritious snacks in no time.
Here are 15 yummy healthful snacks that your children will devour.
- Orange or Tangerine Slices
- Sliced Strawberries & Blueberries
- Low-Fat Peanut Butter & Crackers
- Greek Yogurt Parfait
- Granola Bars
- Apple Slices & Almond Butter
- Frozen Grapes
- No Sugar Added Applesauce
- Fruit Cups (100% juice)
- Homemade Vegan Blueberry Muffins
- Blended Fruit Smoothie w/ pineapples, mangos and peaches (fruits have natural sugar, so don’t add artificial sugars)
- Acai Bowl w/ Fruit & Granola
- Dry Cereal
- Guacamole & Tortilla Chips
- Sliced Veggies & Dip
Shopping Tip: Healthful and natural foods are generally found around the perimeter of the supermarket while processed foods are usually found in the middle aisles at eye-level for quick access to shoppers. Try shopping the perimeter first, then work inward.