Snacking Smart

Snacking Smart

by Kari Robinette

Every mother knows that snacking is a vital part of every young child’s life because of their small tummies.  But be careful not to get into the habit of feeding the little ones all day long.  Snacking times should be planned throughout the day, with a beginning and an end just like meals.  Allow enough time for your child to be hungry again before offering a snack or meal usually 1 ½ to 2 hours works best for preschoolers.

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Children who learn good eating habits at a young age are likely to continue to follow a good example once they are old enough to make their own choices.  An occasional treat is not the end of the world and rarely will a child turn down the chance to have one, but should fit into an overall food plan, rather than replace it.

Here is a list of ideas for snacks:

Cold chicken or turkey
Hard-boiled eggs
Peanut Butter
Cheese sticks or cubes
Ice cream
Cottage cheese
Yogurt
Broccoli florets
Carrots
Celery sticks
Green Beans
Apple wedges
Banana slices
Peach or pear slices
Raisins
Animal crackers​​​

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