5 Smart Snack Recipes for KidsThe Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.
Children can get really hungry between meals, especially after a long day at school, which may involve a short lunch period. You want to fill their bellies, but you don’t want to ruin their appetite. What’s a parent to do?
Embrace snacks as opportunities for good nutrition rather than treats. A combination of carbohydrate, fiber, and protein will keep kids fuller for longer than orange fish-shaped crackers, cookies, or sugary granola bars. And, when you offer kids nutritious and delicious foods as snacks, it’s OK if they eat a bit less at their next meal.
Stock the house with nutritious and delicious foods such as Hood Milk, Hood Cottage Cheese, Greek yogurt, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains so that you, and your child, can assemble quick snacks like this delicious PB&J Smoothie. With no added sugar, and a serving each of dairy and fruit, PB&J Smoothie is a riff on a childhood favorite, and a snack that parents can feel good about.
Here are some of my other favorite snack ideas.
Brown Sugar Fruit Dip. This dip is perfect for fall. Serve it with sliced pears and apples and your kids will flock to the kitchen! The Hood Sour Cream used in the dip supplies a mellow tang that pairs perfectly with seasonal fruit.
Fiesta Dip. Do you struggle to get your kids to eat vegetables? Fiesta dip is the answer. Its bold flavor intensifies when it’s prepared a day or so ahead. It’s so easy to put together, you kids can make it!
Frozen Raspberry Orange Mocktail. You can’t go wrong with a combo of Hood Vanilla Fat Free Frozen Yogurt, Simply Smart Milk, frozen raspberries, and orange juice concentrate. The result is a party in a glass that’s also full of good nutrition.
Pumpkin Muffins. There is no reason why the kids have to know that these scrumptious muffins are made with 100% whole grain and a minimum of added sugar! Ripe bananas provide most of the sweetness and oatmeal stands in for white flour. Pair with a glass of Hood milk.