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Healthy Snacks for Kids

Ideas for Energy Dense Snacks for Kids

Raw Vegetables and Dip - vegetables are inexpensive, low in calories, high in vitamins and minerals and high in fiber. They make great snack foods, especially for kids that are overweight. Try putting out an attractive platter of baby carrots, sliced cucumbers, broccoli pieces (my kids like just the tops!), cauliflower and any other vegetables your children enjoy. Serve with a home made yogurt dip.

Dried Fruit - is high in calories and good for high energy kids and those who need to gain a few pounds. Limit this type of snack for overweight children due to the high calorie content. Watch out for preservatives, as some dried fruit is preserved with sulfites. Sulfites have been implicated in a number of prevalent, adverse childhood health conditions such as attention deficit disorder and asthma.

Trader Joe's carries a variety of different types of dried fruit leathers that make great lunch box snacks. If you want to get really healthy, you can buy a dehydrator and make your own dried fruit. Then you can experiment with some of the more exotic types. When my children were younger I had a dehydrator and would make my own dried fruit snacks for them. They especially enjoyed dried cherries and kiwis.

Cheese - Many kids enjoy cheese stick snacks. There is also something about being able to make there own snacks with toothpicks that is fun for kids. I used to lay out an assortment of ingredients like crackers, small cheese slices, olives, pimientos, etc. and some tooth picks and let my kids assemble their own snacks on a toothpick skewer.

Eggs - Hard boiled eggs make a good high protein snack. Young children often have fun peeling eggs. Make sure you get them to eat some of the yolks, too, as that is where much of the nutrition is contained.

Yogurt - Look for yogurt with active cultures for a dose of helpful bacteria along with your yogurt. Avoid yogurts that are high in sugar. A cheaper and healthier alternative to sugar added yogurt is to buy a large container of plain yogurt and then make your own "fruit at the bottom" type using jams made with real fruit and no added sugar.

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