How to Build Delicious and Nutritious Kid-Friendly Snacks

What are healthy snacks that are easy for parents and children to prepare and kids are likely to eat? Here are a few guidelines for creating tasty, nutrient-dense snacks for kids.

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To help satisfy your children's hunger for a longer amount of time, combine at least two of the five food groups for snacks.

The five food groups are:

  1. Grains (e.g. bread, pasta, rice, crackers, pretzels, granola, cereal)

  2. Vegetables

  3. Fruit

  4. Protein (e.g. cottage cheese, lean cuts of meat, fish and poultry and fish)

  5. Dairy (e.g. low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese)

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Think variety, color, flavor, and texture. Mix and match different colors. This will improve the likelihood that your children will try food because they not only eat with their mouths, but also with their eyes. The more pleasing the food appears, the greater the chances are that your children will want to sample it.

Try different textures to create a more interesting snack or meal. For example, creamy cheese with whole grain crisp crackers, or smooth yogurt with crunchy cereal and colorful fruit, or crisp orange baby carrots and green, red or yellow sweet peppers with low-fat dip or hummus are excellent choices.

Each snack suggestion combines at least two food groups, is colorful, contains different textures and tastes, and is nutritious and filling. They are also easy to prepare.

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