Healthy Snacks: Tips for Sneaking Them into Your Kid’s Diet

We all know that eating healthy is important. But when it comes to growing kids, meeting nutritional needs is a must. In fact, providing children with nutrient-dense food is vital for optimal development. Luckily, there are ways to encourage healthy snacking without having to put up a fight. Here are 5 tips for sneaking healthy snacks into your kid’s diet:

Tip 1: Offer Variety

When making snack choices, kids like to feel like they’re in control. So offer a variety of nutrient-rich options for them to choose from by setting up a chip station at home. And no, we’re not talking about the cheesy, greasy kind. Instead, offer a variety of fruit and veggie choices. For savory, serve these Crispy Green Bean Chips and Baked Rosemary Beet Chips. For sweet, offer baked fruit chips made with 100% real fruit. The NEW Sunkist Fruit Chips® Medley Blueberries • Pineapple and Sunkist Fruit Chips® Crunchy Strawberry are both great picks.

Tip 2: Keep Healthy Snacks on Hand at All Times

In terms of healthy snacking, kids will eat what is available to them. According to a recent study in schools, offering healthier food options led to an increase in fruit and vegetable consumption. So forget having junk food around and instead make sure healthy snacks are always accessible. Do this by keeping the freezer stocked with homemade popsicles. These 3 Ingredient Blueberry Yogurt Swirl Popsicles are a great no-added-sugar option. Plus, the blueberries can be swapped out for any fruit the little ones love.

Tip 3: Get Them Involved 

While getting kids involved in the kitchen is helpful to parents, it’s also a great way to build healthy eating habits. Studies found kids who were involved in meal prep and cooking were more confident about the importance of making healthier food choices. Allow them to be a part of the process by asking them to help prepare snacks, like these No-Bake Trail Mix Granola Bars. Start by having them choose their favorite Sunkist® Fruit Lover’s Trail Mix™. Then allow them to participate in steps that don’t require the use of sharp tools or heat. For example, let them stir the mixture or line the baking pan before putting it in the refrigerator.

Tip 4: Encourage Healthy Snacks Decision-Making

Before letting the kids dig into healthy snacks, have them participate in decision-making. This simple act allows and encourages taking responsibility for their nutrition. So give them a few options and let them make the call on their better-for-you food of choice. A veggie noodle bowl station is a great way to offer healthy options to decide from. Choices can include zucchini noodles or sweet potato noodles, marinara sauce or peanut sauce and just about any chopped veggie topping.

Tip 5: Introduce New Snacks Each Week 

While getting kids to love healthy snacks is doable, food acceptance is not immediate. Expand your child’s interest in healthy snacks by continuously introducing new, healthy foods into their diet. A great way to do this is by adding a creative new snack to each week’s meal plan. One week, whip up a fruit smoothie using greek yogurt, honey and NEW Sunkist Fruit Chips® Medley Blueberries • Strawberries • Cherries. The next, serve a DIY Popcorn Trail Mix using NEW Sunkist® Fruit Lover’s Trail Mix™ Ginger Peach Blend.

2017-10-23T22:23:37+00:00 December 3rd, 2016|