With childhood obesity rates where they are, it’s important to teach your kids how to make healthy choices, and what better way than to teach them to make nutritious snacks that are easy and delicious!
The first step is setting aside a low cabinet or low refrigerator shelf where kids can access food to make snacks on their own. As school and sports begin to once again crowd your family’s schedule, you could also make some simple homemade granola bars or trail mix for a convenient, on-the-go snack for your busy bees.
Here are some great, easy recipes for kids to make on their own:
Shopping List: baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers, sugar snap peas, ranch dip
Shopping List: Pineapple, apples (dip in orange juice so they don’t brown), strawberries, grapes, cheese cubes, wooden kabob sticks
Shopping List: plain yogurt, granola, fruit, frozen or fresh berries
Shopping List: celery sticks, peanut butter, raisins
Shopping List: bread, peanut butter, cinnamon and sugar
Shopping List: pita bread, pizza sauce, pizza cheese, pizza toppings
Letting your kids make their own snacks and encouraging them to help cook dinners is a great way for them to learn healthy habits and portion sizes while spending quality time together as a family. Here are some other fun ways to involve your kids in the kitchen!
Want to expand the conversation from just making healthy snacks to balanced meals? If you don't have a MyPlate plate already from Fort HealthCare Pediatrics, be sure to get one at your child's next Well Child exam! The plates are easy to use and fun for kids to develop their meal planning skills while paying attention to portion sizes.