The return to school can be hectic for both children and parents. This year, school may look different for your family, but no doubt, your children will still be hungry come snack time! The good news is that snacks are a good way to make sure your child is meeting their nutritional needs. Sometimes it can be difficult to meet these needs simply through food at mealtimes.
While it is easy for kids to grab a bag of chips to snack on, there are some ways you can make snacking both hassle-free and nutritious!
- Choose snacks that your kids enjoy: Make a list of snack options and ask your kids which ones they like the most.
- Plan ahead: Choose and prepare nutritious snacks ahead of time so that they are ready to go. Your kids may be able to help in preparation as well!
- Keeping them accessible: Keep nutritious snacks where kids can easily see or grab them.
- Make snack time fun: Having snacks with bright colors and different textures is visually appealing to kids.
Luckily, there are many different ways you can incorporate nutritious food into your child’s diet through snack time. You can find them in every food group, so you can always switch it up to fit your child’s needs. Here are some quick and easy snack ideas you can try at home:
For additional snack and recipe ideas, visit Spend Smart. Eat Smart.
Written by Jonnee Sulzberger, ISU Dietetic Intern