Kids are snacking more than ever. So it’s up to you as a parent to make sure your kids are getting nutritious mini-meals that keep hunger at bay and energy levels up, all throughout homework and after-school activities. Put a healthier spin on snack time with these convenient, kid-friendly grabs.
Greek yogurt is a great source of protein as well as calcium, which kids need to build strong bones. Choose low-fat dairy products to keep the amount of saturated fat in your child’s diet low and reduce their risk for common chronic diseases. “MyPlate (choosemyplate.gov) is a good representation of which foods and how much to eat—that includes three servings of low-fat or non-fat dairy each day,” says Jill Castle, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N., childhood nutrition and feeding expert.
Editor’s Pick: Kids love the taste of Chobani Kids Greek Yogurt Pouches, and you’ll love these easy-to-open packs made with real fruit and 25 percent less sugar than other kids’ yogurt brands.
Instead of sugar-laden cookies, satisfy your little one’s sweet tooth at snack time with whole-grain graham crackers fortified with essential minerals. Buy products with the words “whole” or “whole grain” before the first grain ingredient on the label—they’re the most nutritious option.
Editor’s Pick: Horizon Honey Snack Grahams deliver 8 grams of whole grains per serving and are a good source of calcium.
Almonds are one of the most nutrient-rich tree nuts around. Pre-portioned almond snack bags make it easy to dish out a serving of healthy fat, protein, fiber and the powerful antioxidant vitamin E—which helps little immune systems fight off harmful bacteria and viruses they encounter.
Editor’s Pick: Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds Packs provide 4 grams of protein in each 100-calorie, “grab-and-go” bag.
Bars are one of the most convenient snacks around. The most nutritious bars are those made with whole foods like fruits, nuts, whole grains—and very little else.
Editor’s Pick: MadeGood Granola Bars are loaded with nutrients, allergen-friendly and minimally processed. There are even six veggies in each bar — but you’ll never know it.
Half of what goes on your child’s plate every day should be from the fruit and vegetables food groups—that goes for snack time as well.
Editor’s Pick: Stretch Island Fruit Co. All-Natural Fruit Strips offer a 1/4 cup of fruit in each strip. Available in a variety of flavors to suit all taste buds, the strips are sweetened with natural fruit purees, instead of refined sugar.