Healthy Snacking for Kids

| Posted On Sep 27, 2018 | By:

peanut butter bear toast for kids snacksBack to school is definitely in full swing. In addition to figuring out the new routines and schedules, many parents know it’s also time to get organized about after school snacks. Many of my patient’s parents struggle to help their children reach their goals for eating the right amount of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and dairy. Snacks can be a great way to provide these nutrient-rich foods and play a very important role in meeting kids’ nutritional needs.

A couple of tips for success in snack planning:

Need some inspiration? Here are 3 healthy snack ideas:

  1. Make it a Combo. Combine food groups for a satisfying snack – try yogurt and berries, apple with peanut or sunflower seed butter, or whole grain crackers with low fat cheese and cut vegetables. Many of my patients enjoy the classic “ants on a log” combination of peanut butter (or sunflower seed butter) on celery stick decorated with raisins.
  2. Vegetables and Dip. Jazz up fresh vegetables with a yummy dip. Try dipping bell peppers, grape tomatoes, carrots or cucumbers in hummus, guacamole or tzatziki.
  3. Mini Pizza. Drizzle tomato sauce over a whole wheat English muffin and sprinkle with low fat mozzarella cheese. Melt in toaster oven.

For more kid-friendly, healthy recipes, check out the Kids Eat Right website managed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

If you feel you would benefit from more individualized nutrition guidance on how to provide a healthy, balanced diet for your child, ask your child’s pediatrician for a referral or contact an Atrius Health nutritionist. Happy Snacking!

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About Sarah Mazerall, MBA, MS, RD, LDN

Sarah Mazerall is a Registered Dietitian who joined Atrius Health in 2015. Sarah works with a variety of patients, and her special interests include eating disorders, weight management, diabetes, heart disease, and gastrointestinal concerns. She enjoys bird watching, running and traveling during her spare time.