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  • These Healthy And Yummy Snack Ideas Are Perfect For Online Classes

    Snack time is the perfect way to condition your children's appetite to love healthy food!
    by R.M. Mauhay .
These Healthy And Yummy Snack Ideas Are Perfect For Online Classes
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  • While meal times feel like a battle, our little ones are surprisingly eager to munch on snacks for kids. This, moms and dads, is the perfect opportunity to condition their appetite into loving healthier food choices. 

    Are there any benefits to snack time?

    For some parents, giving snacks will only serve to spoil their children's appetite and make them eat less during meal time. But with proper timing, it can boost nutrition, give much-needed energy, and manage your child's hunger.

    Just like parents who get 'hangry' (hungry + angry), kids also become cranky when they feel a pang of hunger. Snacks for kids are great options if you do not want your child to overeat during lunch and dinner and it's also a way for picky eaters to get the necessary nutrients because they eat less during meal time.

    What are good snack ideas?

    According to Kidshealth.org, great snack ideas for kids are generally food that are low in sugar, fat, as well as salt. Aside from good timing, the snacks must be just the right portion. That’s basically what differentiates “snacking” from “eating”.

    Here are some easy-peasy healthy snack ideas with recipes from Delish that you can find here.

    Fruits

    Fruits are a crucial part of a child's diet, but make sure to choose ones that are low in sugar, like papaya, watermelon, blackberries, raspberries, kiwi, and grapefruit. You can also include strawberries, apples, oranges, and avocados. 

    Just remember to prepare them in bite-sized pieces. Dried fruit mixed with a serving of nuts or seeds also gives a boost of healthy fat and protein. Click here to find the best kind of fruits for snacking.

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    Pizza toast

    This is a fun and easy way to enjoy merienda because you can get creative with your toppings. Get the kids involved and encourage them to put their favorite toppings and there's no way they'll get tired of it.

    PB&J Sushi

    It's the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich but with a twist! All you need to do is remove crusts from bread and use a rolling pin to make the bread very flat. Spread with peanut butter and jelly and roll tightly. Cut into 2-inch pieces (so that it resembles sushi!) then serve.

    Broccolli cheesy bread

    This interesting recipe might change the minds of picky eaters. It involves riced broccoli, lots of cheese, and marinara sauce. Yum!

    Peanut butter apple nachos

    All you need to do is slice the apples, drizzle it with peanut butter and top with granola and cranberries. Simple!

    What are good snacks for schol?

    With kids doing another year of distance learning and online classes, they definitely need snacks during recess for a much needed energy boost! Since snacks are a good way to help provide children with the nutrients they need, what they eat should also be age-appropriate — what you give them when they're 3 years old may not be sufficient for the bulk of activities they'll be doing at 10 years old.

    Snacks for preschoolers

    If your child is in preschool age, control is the key to everything. Set a schedule for snack time and stick to it. Assess if they really need food or they just want to take a break from lectures.

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    Let them choose what they want to eat, but avoid offering candies and other sweets. You can make them pick from a list of your pre-approved snacks. Kidshealth.org recommends the following:

    • low-sugar, whole-grain breakfast cereals
    • cut-up fruit
    • graham crackers
    • cheese slices cut into fun shapes
    • applesauce
    • yogurt

    Snacks for grade schoolers

    As you child moves up grade levels, their activities also increase. Meaning, their energies deplete faster as they try to accomplish more school tasks. They would usually need mid-morning and afterschool snacks to replenish.

    At this age, they’ll have better understanding on why they need to eat healthy food. But we'll still need to be their role models and get them involved in making healthy food choices. Here are the gradeschooler snack recommendations from Kidshealth.org:

    • low-sugar, whole-grain breakfast cereal with low-fat milk
    • low-fat string cheese
    • fruit smoothies made with low-fat milk or yogurt
    • nuts and raisins
    • whole-wheat pita slices, cut-up veggies, and hummus
    • whole-grain pretzels
    • fruit slices dipped in low-fat flavored yogurt

    Looking for more snack ideas? Click here. For help controlling your child's snacking, click here.

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