I think about food a lot – not only eating it but how I can create the most flavoursome and nourishing meals and snacks possible. It’s not uncommon for me to wake in the night and write a recipe in my head – that’s the slightly obsessive side to my personality I’m revealing, ha ha!
So coming up with a variety of meals and healthy snacks for my family has always come fairly easily to me; in part because of my preoccupation with food but also because of my love of cooking (plus many years studying nutrition has helped too).
Also, having first hand experience of being seriously unwell really motivates me to prioritise my time to ensure my family are getting as much nourishment from their diet as possible. Doing what I can to ensure the very best health for myself and my family is super important to me (you can read more about my past heart condition here and Graves disease here).
In my experience, snacks are often where many kids diets are let down with most commercially available ‘snack’ food not only nutritionally void, but often actually detrimental to good health and development. Just because it’s ‘just a snack’ doesn’t mean it should lack nourishment! Snacks are very different from treats in my mind. So today I thought I’d share my thoughts and ideas on healthy snacks for kids.
My first recommendation when coming up with an easy to prepare ‘snack’ for your kids is to drop your preconceptions about what food actually constitutes a snack. Changing your mindset around certain foods being more suitable at certain times of the day will actually really help to simplify how you feed your family all round.
My point is that any whole food can be eaten at any time, in any way. It is a food marketers dream to have us believe that certain foods are ‘breakfast’ or ‘dinner’ or ‘snack’ foods, or that the yoghurt in those expensive baby pouches is any better for our babies than the big (less expensive) tubs of natural yoghurt on the adjacent shelves. I can feel a rant coming on!
What snacks should I feed my kids?
The short answer is if your kids are hungry, feed them any whole food they like, portioned to satisfy them, but not spoil their appetite for their next meal.
Still drawing a blank? Here are some examples of the kinds of things my kids might have as snacks. It’s not a complete list as my kids dwell in a household where I am constantly recipe testing and experimenting with wonderful food, but it’s a snapshot…
Well that’s it for healthy snack ideas for kids. Remember, any whole food your kids enjoy is good to snack on.
Next week, I plan to share a recipe for my healthy version of 2 minute noodles and a firm favourite in our household. Stay tuned!
I’d love to hear your snack ideas, post a comment below so we can all benefit.
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