Dr. Ann’s Top Picks of the Healthiest Snacks for Kids
- Cut fresh veggies (baby carrots, celery sticks, bell pepper strips, broccoli/cauliflower florets, etc.) – serve along with a “healthy dip” like hummus, low-fat salad dressing, guacamole, or salsa.
- Low-fat yogurt – plain, sweetened with blended fresh fruit or a bit of frozen concentrated fruit juice is best. If you use low-fat fruit flavored yogurts, mix half and half with plain to reduce the sugar content. Greek-style yogurts are especially yummy for kids.
- Nuts or seeds – almonds, cashews, walnuts, peanuts, etc. Don’t forget about sunflower seeds and toasted pumpkin seeds.
- Fresh, frozen or dried fruit – serve fresh cut up fruit in an interesting cup or bowl. Even better, create a “healthful” fruit/yogurt parfait by alternating layers of fruit with low-fat yogurt and granola.
- Roasted soy nuts – offer them! Most kids find them delicious.
- Reduced-fat cheese – you can now find an amazing array of cheeses made from 2% milk in a variety of kid friendly packaging.
- Whole grain crackers, like Ak-mak™, Kashi TLC™, or Triscuits™ with 2% milk cheese, peanut butter, almond nut butter, hummus, salsa, or spreadable fruit.
- Healthy cereals – dry or with skim or low-fat milk. To select a healthy cereal, be sure it contains at least 3 grams of fiber per serving and less than 12 grams of sugar per serving.
- Granola bars
- Air-popped popcorn
- Hard-boiled omega-3 fortified eggs
- Low-fat cottage cheese with fruit
- Stone ground tortilla chips with a healthy dip
- Fruit smoothies made with yogurt or low-fat milk. Throw in a tablespoon of wheat germ for an additional nutrition punch.
- A piece of dark chocolate or a cup of hot cocoa made with low-fat/skim milk and “real” cocoa powder
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This tip sheet was created by Ann Kulze M.D., a well-respected physician and nutrition expert. Dr. Kulze is also a member
of the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s Board of Directors. This tip sheet has been edited for adherence to recent findings by
the Foundation’s Programs staff.
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