Healthy choices for snacks
The other aspect is to consider healthy choices for snacks. What are good choices to have on hand for you and your family?
There is a large range of snack items stocked in the supermarket designed for children. Most of these are fairly processed and have lots of packaging.
Let’s try a few simpler, healthier options:
- Fresh fruit – even kids who won’t eat fruit at school will usually eat it if it is chopped up and served as a fruit platter. Slice up a peeled banana and fresh orange segments with a handful of grapes on a plate and see how your kids go.
- Berries with some plain yoghurt
- Vege sticks – crunchy and tasty carrot, snow peas, cucumber, capsicum strips, cherry tomatoes. have alone or add a dip like hummus.
- Dried fruit – sultanas, apricots, apples etc
- Cheese – cubes or slices
- Dry biscuits and cheese
- Sandwiches or pita bread wraps with peanut butter, ham and shredded carrot, cheese and Vegemite – somehow slicing them up makes them more appealing!
- Milk – as a drink, milkshake or smoothie.
- Popcorn- make your own!
- Avocado on toast or crackers
- Nuts ( for kids over 5)
- Raisin toast
- Pita bread or English muffin ‘pizzas’