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13 Quick & Healthy Snacks Ideas for Kids

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Erich Barganier of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 14: When it comes to getting your children to eat healthy, sneaking in some extra fruit and vegetables or trading out processed ingredients for more wholesome ingredients can seem like a nightmare. One of the easiest tricks to guarantee your kids eat well is by treating them to some home-made healthy snacks for kids, instead of mass-produced junk food. Trying to decide what snacks to choose can seem daunting, but luckily, Lindsey Pine, MS, RDN, CSSN, CLT, helps narrow down the list."My rule of thumb for creating healthy snacks is to combine protein, plus fiber, and a little fat," Pine says. "A snack with these components will not only provide a range of important micronutrients but will also fuel your child's physical and mental activities throughout the day without the dreaded sugar crash that can occur from unbalanced, sugary snacks. Some of my favorite snacks are super simple such as natural style nut butter and apple slices, string cheese, homemade energy bites, crunchy veggie dippers with hummus, hard-boiled eggs, fruit smoothies, and low sugar Greek yogurt."When you need to whip up the perfect healthy snacks for kids, these options will provide the best boost for the day. And for more meal ideas for your kids, here are 19 Recipes for Kids Who Are Picky Eaters.

13 Quick & Healthy Snacks Ideas for Kids

When it comes to getting your children to eat healthy, sneaking in some extra fruit and vegetables or trading out processed ingredients for more wholesome ingredients can seem like a nightmare. One of the easiest tricks to guarantee your kids eat well is by treating them to some home-made healthy snacks for kids, instead of mass-produced junk food. Trying to decide what snacks to choose can seem daunting, but luckily, Lindsey Pine, MS, RDN, CSSN, CLT, helps narrow down the list.

"My rule of thumb for creating healthy snacks is to combine protein, plus fiber, and a little fat," Pine says. "A snack with these components will not only provide a range of important micronutrients but will also fuel your child's physical and mental activities throughout the day without the dreaded sugar crash that can occur from unbalanced, sugary snacks. Some of my favorite snacks are super simple such as natural style nut butter and apple slices, string cheese, homemade energy bites, crunchy veggie dippers with hummus, hard-boiled eggs, fruit smoothies, and low sugar Greek yogurt."

When you need to whip up the perfect healthy snacks for kids, these options will provide the best boost for the day. And for more meal ideas for your kids, here are 19 Recipes for Kids Who Are Picky Eaters.

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