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Healthy Snacks for Preschool Children

Kids can be fussy eaters. Preschoolers need frequent small and appetizing meals. This is fulfilled by snacking. Healthy snacking is a must for overall development of kids. Here’s a complete guide to easy and healthy snacking for your preschooler.


Children are choosy about what you give them to eat and the preschoolers are no different. Kids have small stomachs and naturally they require a smaller meal. So snacking actually provides them with the required energy and calories necessary for a healthy growth. Thus, preschool
snacks are vital for the nutritional development of the kid. Adequate amount of minerals, nutrients and vitamins should characterize the snacks of the preschooler so that the kid develops a healthy metabolism and have enough energy for their regular activities throughout the day.


Some Instant Snacks Preferred by Kids Are:

  • Unsulfured dried fruits
  • Slices of fresh fruits dipped in yogurt
  • Apple slices coated with peanut butter
  • Carrot chunks coated with peanut butter or cottage cheese
  • Cooked green, kidney or pinto beans flavoured with a bit of mint or celery. They can be alternately smashed to form dips for crackers, celery sticks or bread spreads.
  • Boiled veggies or slices of chicken spread with yogurt


Interesting Snacks which Kids Might Relish:

Bug logs

Make the logs from any of these –

  • Celery stalks cut into 3 inch long pieces
  • Or carrot sticks cut in equal length
  • Remove the cores and cut the apple into quarters

Now prepare the spread with any of these –

  • Pineapple blended with cream cheese
  • Pimento blended with cheese
  • Egg salad or peanut butter

The bugs can be any of these –

  • Unsweetened cereals or sunflower seeds
  • Plain or golden raisins
  • Chopped peanuts

Just sprinkle the bugs on the logs and the snack is ready!


Honey Milk Balls

This delicious snack is a simple preparation made from the following ingredients:

  • Honey or corn syrup – 1/2 cup
  • Powder milk – 1 cup
  • Peanut butter – 1/2 cup
  • Raisins – 1/2 cup

Simply combine them in a bowl and knead till they blend. Shape them into approximately 20 small balls and its ready.


Western Sandwich

Ingredients:

  • Bacon strips – 3-4
  • Beaten eggs – 2
  • Slices of onion
  • Cheddar cheese shredded
  • Sandwich bread and salt and pepper

Fry the bacon and add the sliced onions when the meat is done. Then stir in the egg, salt and pepper. When the mixture is done, remove from fire and allow it to cool. Spread some mixture on the sandwich bread and top it with shredded cheese. Place another bread piece on top and cut the sandwich into halves. This makes excellent snack with a cup of milk or fresh fruit juice.


Juicy Finger Cubes

This is an exciting snack that requires:

  • Unflavoured gelatin – 3 envelops
  • Boiling water – 3/4 cups
  • Frozen apple, orange, grape or any concentrated juice – 1 1/2 oz

The gelatin must be first dissolved in boiling water. Pour in the juice and slowly stir the mixture. Grease a 9x13 inch cake pan and pour the mix in it. Tuck the tray into the freezer until firm for around a coupe of hours. Make fun shapes after it is firm with the help of a cookie cutter. The cubes can be stored in an air-tight container in the fridge. 

The parents need to be particularly careful about when they allow the child to snack. Usually snacks are given in between the regular square meal times and on certain occasions an after dinner snack can also be given. So you need to understand the requirement of the kid through natural apprehension and not end up stuffing the little one with proteins that might result in obesity or an upset digestive system in the long run.

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Name: Skodia
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snack time is difficult time for me as i cannot think of tast but healthy snacks. your ideas are simply superb.
 
Name: Mathie
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very healthy recipes for kids are given here. i am going to try it. Thanks for sharing it with us.
 
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