Getting rid of the junk food is the first step in providing young children with healthy and delicious snacks after school. Preschoolers especially need foods with kid-friendly ingredients that will appeal to their eyes so it can make it to their mouths. These are just a few of the many recipes and foods that will keep your preschooler healthy and happy.
Five Healthy and Delicious After-School Snacks for Your Preschooler
Kids are hungry when they come home from school. Between lunch and dinner is a long time for young children, and they will need a snack to get them through. You will not want to feed them anything that will ruin their appetite, but the snack should be something that is fun, healthy, and one that your child will enjoy. You can turn unhealthy snacks into parent approved ones with just a few smart choices. These are five healthy after-school snacks for your preschooler.
Cereals with Whole Grain
A power-packed snack that is great for your preschooler is a bowl of fortified whole grain cereal with milk. When you add some fruit to your bowl, you will create a fun and flavorful twist to an ordinary bowl of cereal. There are some great cereals made of clusters covered with yogurt that includes dried strawberries or other dried fruits that children enjoy. These are also perfect for packing along with your child when they head out to preschool for a snack or to their daycare.
Nachos can be a high fat snack, but there is an alternative way to serve them that turns them into a healthy choice. Add some fresh salsa and guacamole to top the nachos or provide as a dip for your child to grab on their own, and you’ve created a snack that is high in fiber, yet low in calories.
Kids love cheese, and it will provide your child with the protein they need to get them through to dinner. An ideal way to serve them that will appeal to your child is stick cubes of low-fat cheese onto some salt-free pretzel sticks. Cutting cheese into fun shapes with cookie cutters is also an excellent way to serve this kid-friendly snack.
Pizza in Bite-Size Bites
For those days when your child needs a bit more to get them through until dinner, you can provide a richer, more filling snack. Using mini pita bites, you can top them with sauce and a little cheese. Microwave for a few minutes, and you have created a little bite of pizza.
Kids love smoothies. When you start out with nonfat vanilla yogurt, 100% orange juice, and some banana, you’ve got the base to start adding more of your child’s favorite fruit and creating a fantastic snack complete with your child’s daily fiber requirements.
Milk and cookies might be a classic snack, but these five snacks will provide your child with the nutrients they need in fun and tasty alternatives. Living a healthy life, physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually are all part of the Montessori curriculum. At Montessori Childrens Center, preschoolers learn to make independent, healthy choices both inside and outside of school. To see how the Montessori method focuses on the child as a whole, contact us today to schedule a tour.