Most snacks, given to kids these days are overprocessed and way too high in sugar. Even things like store-bought granola bars or whole wheat crackers or most store-bought breads or the different varieties of puffed rice  are essentially processed foods. I believe the following snacks to be more conducive to your kid’s health:

1. Quartered apples with almond butter.

2. Dried fruit: raisins,cranberries, apricots, prunes, figs, dates, etc… Cut into tiny pieces, if afraid of choking. Dried fruit is a great substitute for chocolate and processed sugary snacks.

2. Pieces of nuts (the unsalted kind,) or whole pine nuts and pumpkin and sunflower seeds. My kid loves pieces of almonds and cashews. Nuts and seeds are rich in protein and the “good” fats. They are also low in sugar: perfect food for someone who needs to grow. Try my son’s favorite snack: cranbernuts: mix equal parts of pine nuts with cranberries. Yum!

3. Buy some German rye bread and toast it. Cut it into squares and feed your kid instead of overly processed crackers (yes, even the whole wheat kind.) Or you can spread some nut butter or tahini spread on it. Add some agave syrup to the tahini and make it sweet.

4. Whole carrots: they are fun to hold on to and walk around with. Be ready to find half-eaten carrots everywhere.

5. Frozen bananas.

6. Any fruit or vegetable, cut with a cookie cutter to resemble a heart, a  star, etc…

7.  Hardboiled eggs: another food for someone who needs to grow. Surprisingly, most kids love them.

8. Fresh berries of any kind. High in antioxidants and fiber, berries are truly a superfood.

If your kid is so used to sugary overprocessed snacks, start slow. Make a jar of homemade trail mix: mix some nuts, seeds and dried fruits together. Add some cereal flakes and some M &Ms. Gradually, begin to reduce the amount of M & Ms and the cereal, until you are left with pure homemade trail mix.

Don’t give your kids rice cakes: they are devoid of nutrition.

 

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