When my preschooler gets home from school, he is often a bit hungry, but it is too early for dinner. I like to keep some healthy snacks on hand for him to choose from. These are also great for the weekend when we are out and about and he starts getting peckish. We avoid the ‘hangry’ episodes by always having a healthy snack or two on hand.
Especially if air popped (rather than using oil), popcorn is a very healthy snack. And kids love it! You can make a batch in advance and store in zipper storage bags. It will stay fresh for a few days. You can add different toppings to the bags – cinnamon, nutritional yeast, or just a little salt are popular flavors.
Nut butter is a healthy and filling snack. Be sure to choose one without too much added sugar and salt. Nut butter pairs nicely with sliced green apples, celery sticks, banana. You can also top nut butter on crackers.
Hummus served with pita is a filling and tasty snack. Make it healthier by swapping out the pita for carrot and celery sticks. Other dip options instead of hummus are black bean dip, salsa, or guacamole.
Homemade chicken nuggets are healthier than the fast-food or store-bought options. Make a batch at home – and oven back instead of fry – and store in the fridge for easy snacking.
Some kids love frozen peas (and corn) for some reason. And if my kids are asking for veggies, I will certainly make sure they have! Pair with a block of cheese for a filling snack.
Try to find the unsalted variety to make it even healthier and so that they go better with things like peanut butter or cheese.
Young children need to eat more regularly than adults, so it will be very helpful if you prepare a range of snacks to have on hand, rather than making from scratch three times a day.