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:
of fresh fruits dipped in yogurt
slices coated with peanut butter
chunks coated with peanut butter or cottage cheese
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
veggies or slices of chicken spread with yogurt
Interesting Snacks which
Kids Might Relish:
Make the logs from any of these –
stalks cut into 3 inch long pieces
carrot sticks cut in equal length
the cores and cut the apple
Now prepare the spread with any of these –
blended with cream cheese
blended with cheese
salad or peanut butter
The bugs can be any of these –
cereals or sunflower seeds
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
or corn syrup – 1/2 cup
butter – 1/2 cup
– 1/2 cup
Simply combine them in a bowl and knead till they blend.
Shape them into approximately 20 small balls and its ready.
- 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:
gelatin – 3 envelops
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.