Every parent wants their child to be healthy through the consumption of nutritious foods. However, many children often prefer snacks that are not very healthy at all. With these seemingly contrasting preferences, is it even possible to find a compromise? The answer is ‘yes’—there are many great snack ideas that children will love after school, day care, or at home and yet are healthy for them. Here, we will provide some of these ideas so that you can use them to encourage healthy eating in your children.
Fruits, Vegetables and Low Fat Items
The key to using healthy snacks is to use fruits, some vegetables and low fat versions of other foods that taste great. The combination of these foods makes for a great snack for children. For example, a strawberry smoothie combines the healthiness of the fruit with a base such as low fat yogurt.
Carb foods also fit into this category by using them as a base instead of fruits. For example, muffins or toast with a low fat cream cheese spread would work well. Rice cakes, carrots, celery and pikelets are also popular healthy snacks.
Making It Fun
Another way to encourage your children to eat healthy snacks is to make them fun in some way. If you’re a crafty person, this will be easy, and even if you’re not, it is a skill easily learned. Take an ordinary healthy food and transform it into something that the child will find amusing.
For example, take a stick of celery, peanut butter and raisins and make ‘ants on a log.’ These simple and very healthy foods combined can be used in a fun way to get the child more excited about eating them.
After school, daycare, or during ordinary times, children often want snacks that taste great, but are unhealthy for them. As a parent, you want to encourage healthy eating and there are plenty of great snack ideas that do just this.
To learn more about how we promote healthy eating at each of our childcare centres near Perth, call the Bertram centre at +61 (08) 9419 1844, the Carlisle centre at +61 (08) 9472 4702 and the St James centre at +61 (08) 9358 4673.