Submitted for post by SamanthaNC
Special thanks to Desben for submitting the idea.
There are five words that most parents are used to hearing on a very regular basis: Can I have a snack? In our house we try to keep the sugar to a minimum and sometimes even snacks that tout themselves as "low sugar" options- aren't low enough. If healthy snacks are fun kids are more likely to eat them happily rather than begrudgingly- especially if they get to help. Our daughter is a finicky eater- we are firm, but I must admit that if I know she genuinely doesn't like something (and has actually tried it) I will make something else for her…… (shhh don't tell Kate).
On Christmas Eve we make a snack for the reindeer and leave it on the lawn for them to enjoy while Santa leaves the Christmas loot. It consists of whatever we have in the cabinet at the time. This year it was dry cereal, mini-marshmallows, raisins, nuts, goldfish wheat crackers, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. It looked horrible, but she mixed it herself and actually wanted to eat it. I realize we are all busy and we don't have time to launch into a full scale recipe every time our little ones need a snack, but there are some things that take little to no time.
Trail mix is a great option: nuts, raisins, dried fruit, a small amount of candy and you're done. Children can make it themselves with little direction and it's a great on the go snack. Another fun munchie for kids (and grown ups alike) are pinwheels:
You start with a flour tortilla, choose a "spreadable" (peanut butter, cream cheese, jam, nutella (in small amounts), salad dressing etc.) and fill them with anything you like. Just roll em' up and slice it into pieces. Our favorite: one tortilla, one tablespoon fruit dip, sliced strawberries, kiwi, and bananas.
Other quick options we love: Sugar free popsicles, 100 calorie packs, veggies with low fat dips, apple slices with peanut butter, string cheese, and healthy yogurts (characters on the package usually = too much sugar).
What do your kids love? If you have any yummy ideas or tips for getting kids to eat healthy- we would love to hear them!