Healthy Snacks for Kids
Snacks are a great way to help manage hunger in-between meal times. However, sometimes when we think of snacks, our minds immediately think of quick snacks that tend to be made up of simple carbohydrates, such as chips, crackers, or cookies.
While these snacks may be tasty, you may find that you will be hungry again soon after eating them, and may even go back for more servings. This is because these snacks tend to lack fiber, which is a key component of food that can help you feel full for longer.
How to plan healthy snacking
A good rule of thumb is to include at least two food groups in your snack. The five good groups to keep in mind includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins, and dairy. Another way to set you and your family up for success is choosing healthy snacks is to prepare them ahead of time and have snack-size portions of each of these food groups available in either your pantry or refrigerator-this will help reduce the temptation of grabbing the pre-packaged and often unhealthy snacks less often. For example, cutting up strawberries after purchasing them at the grocery store and putting them into individual containers can help make these foods easier to grab. Other snack pairings to try include cucumbers and Greek yogurt dip, apples with mixed nuts, and carrots with hummus.
25 Healthy Snacks that promote fullness and nutrition
The Healthy Weight Initiative team at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital has developed a list of over 25 Healthy Snacks pairings that you can choose to help maximize the nutrition of the snacks you eat and promote satiety. We encourage you and your family to look through the list and see which snacks interest you!