Keeping snacks and lunches safe is one of the biggest parenting challenges. Parents have a wide range of options and can choose a pack of their favorite flavors and preferences, without having to rely on just packaged foods. Preparing on the go snacks for kids is really important in 2020.
There is still a wide variation between the prices and quality of packaged foods available in the market today. It is better to stick with foods that are made fresh in-house and healthier for kids.
Instead of scrambling to get the breakfast casserole made, start thinking about your kids’ school lunches.
Keep it cool and simple, which doesn’t mean boring. You can create a fresh, healthy snack that kids will like.
Here are some ideas:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Yogurt and/or yogurt-like snack
- Roasted chickpeas, hummus, salsa, and cheese
- Grilled vegetable and/or meat (with a salad or other veggies)
- Sun-dried tomatoes and pesto
- Cranberry juice
- Warm milk and honey (again, with veggies, too)
- Mini-treats like mini bagels, croissants, muffins, etc.
- The possibilities are endless!
Serve these on a decorative platter, on a pretty plate with cute paper and watercolors for the kids to paint the plates.
Yummy meals are all about balance. What we eat should support and nourish our bodies and those of our families.
Good nutrition is crucial to kids’ good health. Getting too many calories from these little treats would cause them to be hungry soon after.
We don’t want the nutrients from vegetables, grains, and proteins lost to less desirable foods. Eating a variety of foods provides your child with all the nutrients she needs to stay healthy and productive.
What is the best snack for the active kindergartener? Or about the one with a sensitive stomach? What about the one who loves to eat the dessert first?
It’s the thought that counts, so give her something that she’ll actually enjoy eating, and the rest will take care of itself.
The most important thing is to make it easy for yourself and your kids, and ensure that they know healthy foods are always a good option.
How to pack healthy snacks for kids
For the most part, you can focus on what’s healthy in a child’s lunch.
If you’re on a budget, don’t skimp. Get enough protein and vegetables in there and plan in more fruits, nuts, and vegetables and less bread, cookies, and cake. If you want a special treat, offer an apple and an orange. Try to pack some good-for-you, satisfying snacks that are also the same price as the items that you know your kids will be tempted to buy.
To be completely transparent, I always take my lunch. The choices I have for snacks and snacks alone are what the kids eat too. Because I know what my kids like, I can make good choices.
Do you make your own lunches? What are some of your kids’ favorite healthy snacks? Let us know below. Also check out our blog for more.