All throughout my childhood, the focus of kids’ snacks was on portability, ease, convenience. Snack packs and things of the sort were all over supermarket shelves and in the pantry of any kid I knew. That being said, everyone always wanted to come to my house after school. Instead of ready-made snacks, my mom made ours, like, herself. Nothing fancy, mind you: a few sliced vegetables with dipping sauce or cut up fruit. But, for some reason, those extra two minutes made us famous in elementary school.
It doesn’t take much time or effort to prepare healthy snacks for your kids. Whether eaten at home or outside, snacks for kids should be all-natural and as close to homemade as you can get. Not only are these snacks better for them, but by getting used to eating natural, organic foods young, children will grow up having a taste for these healthier foods.
When at Home…
When kids are at home, they can sit down for a snack, even if it’s only for a few moments before going out to play. Take advantage of this when preparing snacks like…
- a sliced organic apple with two tablespoons organic peanut butter
- carrot sticks, cucumber rounds, broccoli florets, etc., with herbed cheese
- sliced seasonal fruit and organic or homemade cottage cheese
- a homemade cookie
- homemade yogurt with a spoonful of jam
When Kids Are on the Run…
Whether at the playground or between activities, kids sometimes need a snack when they’re not at home. Prepare your snacks ahead of time and stash them in bags or lunchboxes, ready to go, in the fridge or pantry.
- organic yogurt-covered pretzels
- half a peanut butter and jam sandwich on whole wheat bread
- homemade granola bars
- homemade trail mix or GORP