My daughter, like most kids I know, prefer to eat small amounts of food throughout the day. To me, a snack is a piece of fruit, a handful of almonds, or a small piece of cheese and a couple crackers. To many kids, a snack is often times something filled with sugar and not much nutritional value: a cookie, granola bar, and yogurt in a plastic tube (gross), chips or some other salty concoction. These snacks appeal to kids because they like sweet and salty and "everyone" eats them. Parents tend to like them because they are quick and easy to pack. With a little planning you can prepare healthy snacks and save money.
Below are some of the snacks that my daughter enjoys. I purchase these items come in bulk without plastic which saves money and waste. Snacks are packaged in small stainless steel containers or an insulated stainless container.
- cheese (bring my own container to the deli and have them slice a hunk off their big cheese rectangles or rounds) and rice crackers.
- hummus with crackers and carrots
- applesauce (home made or purchased in large glass jars)
- fruit: apple, pear, etc.
- plain yogurt (Berle Farm in glass) with berries and/or granola and a little maple syrup
- slice of homemade pumpkin or banana bread with apple butter
- plain or dark chocolate almonds and/or raisins
- granola pieces
- an 8 oz. smoothie made from plain yogurt and fresh/frozen fruit
Any other ideas? Please share them.