Balanced snacks are an important piece in ensuring our growing children are getting the key nutrients their bodies need, especially since we can’t always guarantee they will be eating their meals. Snacks also play a large role in providing lasting energy throughout the day so our kids will have the brain fuel they need to stay focused in class and have the energy to make it through soccer practice.
When thinking of snacks for kids I like to think of snacks that provide lasting energy. A lasting energy snack is one that will stick with your child longer vs. having them asking for another snack just 30 minutes later. Nutrients that provide lasting energy fuel include complex carbohydrates from whole grains, fruit, and vegetables, a protein and fat (ideally heart-healthy ones). These macronutrients take longer to be digested and will provide longer satisfaction and each has an extra nutrient kick parents can feel good about.
Here is a list of a few of my favorite snacks for kids:
20 Lasting Energy Snack Ideas:
Guacamole and corn chips
Greek yogurt sprinkled with granola
Lara Bars (just fruit and nut)
String cheese and orange
Brown Rice cakes spread with nut butter, sliced banana and sprinkled with Chia seeds
Popcorn (4 grams of fiber per cup!)
Homemade muffin (Here is a favorite pumpkin muffin)- insert recipe.
Peanut butter and celery with raisins (ants on a log)
Apple (or banana) spread with peanut butter sprinkled with Chia seeds
Homemade Trail mixes- dried cereal, nuts, seeds, pretzels, dried fruit
Hummus dip and pitas and veggies
Avocado toast, sprinkle with cheese
Smoothie (Greek yogurt, and fruit or milk, frozen banana, cocoa powder, and peanut butter)
Hard-boiled egg and veggies and yogurt dip
Wraps: Small wheat tortillas, spread with nut butter and sliced apples
Turkey jerky and pretzel
Whole-grain crackers, cheese, grapes
Dried mango and almonds