The way your child eats as a toddler can have a lifelong effect on his or her dietary choices, so you should be conscious of what your child is snacking on from a young age. Instead of starting your child out with junk food, try these wholesome snacking options that will fuel your child for hours of active play.
Fresh fruit and veggies
Encouraging kids to eat fruits and vegetables is notoriously tricky, but there are ways to make these healthy foods more appealing. Colorful veggie sticks are more fun to eat, especially when they are served with ranch dressing or protein-packed hummus for dipping. Fruit is a more enticing snack because of its sweetness, but whole fruits should be selected over fruit juice.
Cheese and yogurt
Low-fat dairy products such as cheese and yogurt are not only great sources of calcium and vitamin D, but they are high in filling protein as well. Even children with sensitivity to lactose can enjoy most hard cheeses, and kids tend to love the taste of cheese with crackers, fruit slices, or pretzel sticks. Yogurt can easily be frozen into popsicle molds with fruit for a wholesome sweet treat to swap out for calorie-rich ice cream.
Whole grain crackers
Not all grains are alike, and the best ones for growing bodies are whole grains found in certain crackers, breads and pastas. When you shop for these items at the grocery store, you should look for labels like “multi-grain,” “whole wheat” or “whole grain.”
When you choose Adventures in Learning for your child’s daycare or preschool, you can rest assured that he or she will be eating wholesome, balanced snacks and lunches each day. For more details about the benefits of programs offered by Adventures in Learning at four convenient locations, visit their website or call 630-355-3249.