It can be frustrating when you prepare a nice meal and it ends up on the floor instead of your little ones belly. I don’t want to give my kids things that I wouldn’t eat myself. Foods that are full of preservatives, GMOs, hormones, and sugar need to be an occasional treat instead of a daily ritual. Believe me I know, when your busy with daily tasks it can be easy to choose the pre-packaged options you know your little ones will shovel in their mouths instead of a health minded option that takes a little effort.
Snack # 1: Fresh Fruit
It can’t get much easier than this! Buy your fruit and bring it home to wash in a vinegar water bath.
Some kiddo favorites:
Apple slices ( Be sure to peel them if they’re not organic)
Berries ( Especially strawberries and blueberries)
Note: Even if it has a peel you’ll want to wash it because contaminants can get on your hands from the peel and be transferred to the fruit.
Snack # 2: Banana and PB Bites
Spread some peanut butter on banana slices and sprinkle with cinnamon. Yum!
Snack #3: Hummus and Whole Grain Pita Bread
I like to make my own hummus, but there’s usually a decent variety of flavors to choose from at the store as well. You child is bound to like one of them.
Snack # 4: Raw Veggies and Dip
So you think ” yeah right, my kids not gonna snack on raw veggies “. Well, maybe. But, they may surprise you. After I wrote my book about how veggies are fun my 3 year old will now munch on carrot sticks, bell peppers, and even broccolli some times. It won’t always happen the first time you offer it up, but don’t give up. They’ll come around.
Snack # 5: Ezekial Cinnamon Raisin Bread with Coconut Oil
Lightly toasted and a layer of coconut oil is all you need. The bread is great for PB&J’s too.
Snack # 6: Cheese and Crackers
I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t like cheese. Pair it with a fresh fruit and you’ve got an easy meal.
Snack # 7: Yogurt
Try to avoid fruit on the bottom or high sugar yogurts. I like Stonyfield’s Greek kids and Yo baby variety’s.
Snack # 8: Dried Fruit and Nuts
Great for on the go. Try raisins, apricots, figs, or cherries. Mix with some almonds or cashews and you’ve got yourself a power snack.
Snack # 9: 5 Minute Mini Pizzas
Flat breads work great for mini personal pizzas. Just spread spaghetti sauce and light cheese. Let them choose their favorite veggie for a topping. My daughter asks for tomatoes, garlic, and broccoli on her pizzas. Just pop on a pan and in the broiler for a couple minutes. It’s that easy!
Snack # 10: Dry Cereal
Forget about those pricy puffs or melts in the baby isle. Another great on-the-go snack is a dry cereal in a baggie. I love Envirokidz Panda Balls, but if your kiddo is on the younger side I’d stick with some Honey Nut O’s.
The best way for you to encourage your little one to eat healthy is by example. If they see you noshing on some carrots and dip, they’ll eventually want to try it too. Getting them involved in the preparation can also help. They’ll be more likely to try something new when it is their special creation. Lastly, make it fun and use positive reinforcement. We first got Della eating her carrots by chanting her name and then clapping when she took a bite.