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Wednesday January 16th 2019

Kid Snacks

If you have kids then you know snacks are a necessity. Kids would snack all day if you let them. Although snacking all day isn’t healthy, well timed and well balanced snacks can be. After school snacks can be vital to giving your child the extra energy they need to concentrate on homework.

Contain snacking

We know kids will snack all day and on anything they can find. In order to create some healthy snacking haibts contain snacking to a specific area and specific times, if necessary. Create a snack area in the pantry and refrigerator. In that area place only the snacks that are acceptable. This allows kids a choice and saves you the hassle of having to stand over them approving or disapproving as the kids forge through the kitchen. You can set a time schedule on the refrigerator as well to establish the time periods where it is ok to grab a snack. Times outside of snacks time need to be approved first by asking permission.

School age children often have afterschool events or afterschool care programs. Pack them snacks for these times. Having kids walk through the door hunry 1 hour before dinner will just ruin dinner for them. They will grab the snack and dinner will go to waste.

Allow kids to choose

Kids need to learn how to snack in a healthy way as snacking is a life long issue. Adults often snack throughout their hectic days. Helping kids to learn how to make healthy choices will establish a pattern that will serve them well into college and adulthood. Sit down with the kids and establish a list of acceptable snacks you both can agree on.

In the beginning, their list will be full of sugary unhealthy snacks. Don’t start a war. Start off with a few of their sugary snack choices and your healthier ones. Let the know the snack shelf/area won’t be refilled until all the snacks are gone. Each time you refill the snack shelf/area choose less of their sugary snacks and more of the healthier ones. You will be able to find suitable and kid acceptable replacements for those sugary snacks. If you turn it into a war and take away all the sugary snacks instantly, they won’t even try the healthier snacks and everyone loses.

Take the plunge

A good way to get kids eating healthier snacks is to use dips. Make some of the boring bland healthy snacks better by adding a little dip on the side. Vegetables with a little of their favorite dressing on the side will go down quicker. Dressings, salsa, bean dips, and hummus are great for vegetables. Fruits are a little eaiser but to stave off boredom with them add some homemade dips to go with them. Plain or flavored yougurt, sour cream, cream cheese, honey, pudding mix, brown sugar, and peanut butter are just a few of the ingredients you can use to make some great fruit dips. See here for some recipes on homemade fruit dips…Fruit dips for all occasions.

Frozen snacks

Kids see frozen snacks as a treat. Let the kids help and make your own frozen snacks. Freezing cut up fruits works out great. By having them frozen ahead of time, kids can make smoothies for their snack. Homemade pudding pops and popsicles are a wonderful treat and you control what goes in them so they stay healthy.

Anything is a snack

Snacks can be anything. You do not have to stick to traditional fruits/vegetables, cheese/crackers and cookies/muffins. Snacks are really about ease and portion control. You want it to be easy to grab and eat and not so big it ruins the upcoming meal but big enough to give them the energy they need to keep going. There is nothing wrong with chicken fingers or small pizzas. What we consider “real” food is ok just keep the portions snack sized.

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2 Responses to “Kid Snacks”

  1. Kevin says:
    As a recently divorced dad I admit I had no clue on how to deal with the kids when it came to meals (my wife always handled that). With two teenagers all they do is snack from the minute they arrive to the second they leave. I was looking for some help with a few other visitation things and came across this post. What a lifesaver. I used some of the advice and the last two visits we actually had some real sit down meals together instead of just snacking. Thanks for the help!
  2. Joan Collier says:
    Some nice tips on getting the snacking under control. My kids were notorious for wanting to snack AS I WAS COOKING DINNER. I would want to strangle them. We got it loosely under control. Going to try out the snack area as that is problem number two. I am pretty organized and it is such a simple solution can’t believe I didn’t think of it. These kids will eat everything in the pantry and when I go to grab something it is gone.

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