My son is CONSTANTLY in our pantry. As soon as he sees something he shouldn't have, it's a nightmare to convince him otherwise. Out of sight, out of mind, means out of mouths and bodies too! My son and I also snack together. If I'm eating something good for me, he should too and vice versa! We rarely buy him separate snacks. He eats what we eat but I might let him use a dip because he's really into that right now! The kid loves to dip! Remember, if there's something you don't want them to eat, then don't buy it!
Here is a quick list of snack ideas for kids!
- Fruit. Lots of fruit. I buy whatever is on sale that week. I make sure I wash it right away and depending on the fruit, it can easily be taken on the go! Just cut it up ahead of time and put it in a small container. This is a list of fruit we buy or have bought: apples, bananas, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, pears, peaches, mango, watermelon, oranges, kiwi, pineapple, and cantaloupe. I try to stay away from canned fruit because there is typically sugars and juices added but I will purchase mandarin oranges in single serve containers. If I don't buy single serve--my son would eat the whole can!
- Dried fruit. Not completely dehydrated but just partially dried fruit makes for nature's fruit snacks. The only fruit snack I have ever purchased was Annie's Organic Bunnies. Or something like that. If I were to purchase a fruit snack I'd make sure it was dye free and didn't have high fructose corn syrup added.
- Vegetables. We don't eat nearly as many vegetables as we should however I have been diligent with giving my son raw ones to snack on and it's slowly working. That's a huge tip right there. Do NOT give up! Put one on their plate at every meal. Watch out of the corner of your eye. Don't go crazy praising them for eating it but be sure to notice. We typically have carrots, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, cucumbers, and onions. Yes, my son loves eating raw onion. He's weird. But again, if washed and prepared, vegetables can be taken on the go too!
- Applesauce. I always buy applesauce with the fewest ingredients in it which means we buy unsweetened. Again, I buy single serve containers which might cost more but it helps me now how much my son has really eaten! Now that it's apple season, homemade applesauce is a great alternative!
- Granola Bars. I thought these were a great snack until I witnessed my son just picking out the chocolate chips! What a bugger... But I still buy them because they are good on the go! I make sure they don't have any high fructose corn syrup or dyes.
This is what I try to stick to in my house. I'm sure there is more but we mainly stick to fruits and vegetables! Tomorrow I will talk about why I try to avoid high fructose corn syrup and food dyes. I'm not a big label reader but to me those are two easy things to watch out for and try to avoid! More on that tomorrow!
Please share your snack ideas! I'd love to hear them! Have a great day!