“Mom, I’m hungry! I want a snack!” Many of us have heard this all too often! If you struggle to keep your kiddos full and satisfied, you’re not alone.
A child’s typical snack tends to look more like dessert. Unfortunately, these sugary “snacks” are going to provide a quick burst of energy followed by a crash and hunger. It’s a vicious cycle.
Snacking and better food choices for our kids is something we discuss heavily in my Mommy Feeding Family 2.0 program.
You'll notice in the snacks listed below, healthy fruits and vegetables are usually paired with a source of fat and/or protein! This is important for our kids.
The American Heart Association recommends children under 2 should have NO added sugar. Note the difference between added sugar and naturally occurring sugar. Added sugar is added to foods such as soda, candy, cookies, cakes, juice, ice cream etc. While naturally occurring sugars are found naturally in foods like fruit, vegetables, milk, and plain yogurt.
We can change the way our families think about snacks by incorporating healthier options and using less pre-packaged, overly processed junk foods that leave us hungry and begging for more. Instead let’s satisfy hunger and meet nutritional needs by offering unprocessed, whole foods.
It is best to start offering real food as a snack at a young age. If you have older children, you will likely get some push-back after offering veggies with a yogurt dip as opposed to chocolate covered pretzels…which is understandable. It’s completely normal if they don’t eat what is offered the first few times. No need to stress, because snacks are not a huge deal. If they skip the snack, it’s okay. It may actually work out well, because it’s best to get the bulk of our nutrition at meal times.
So next time you hear “Mom, I want a snack” reach for the real food and keep those kiddos satisfied!
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