"Mom, I'm hungry!" your preschooler cries. The problem is, lunch was not too long ago and dinner is hours away. So you need to find a healthy snack that will also fill them up. Most experts agree that letting little kids eat four or five small meals throughout the day is ideal. The trick is to make sure that the foods they are eating are high in nutrition while tasting good. Try some of these options.
This frozen kids snack is great when you want to indulge your child's sweet tooth. While they do need to be made ahead -- no instant gratification here -- this is definitely a process you can get your preschooler involved in.
4. YogurtMost kids love the varieties and flavors available in low-fat yogurt. A great source of calcium for growing bones, you can also buy it plain and mix in chopped up fruit, fruit preserves or even honey and granola. (Note, never serve honey to a baby under 12 months old.)
5. QuesadillasKids snacks recipes don't get much easier than cheese quesadillas. Whether you serve them plain or with one or more fillings, this never-fail favorite can even become a smart meal idea.
7. Cheese CubesHigh in protein and calcium, cheese cubes are a great choice for when you need to hold a little one over until dinnertime. Pair with crackers or sliced ham or turkey for something a bit more substantial. You can go with standard American cheese, or if your child has more "refined" tastes, try mozzarella, cheddar or even Monterey Jack. Note: Make sure the cubes are cut small enough and aren't a choking hazard.
8. Rice CakesOne of my personal favorite kids snacks, rice cakes are the perfect base to build off on. Available in a variety of sizes and flavors, you can put just about anything on them. Peanut butter, cream cheese, jelly, hummus -- whether your child is looking for sweet or savory, rice cakes can accommodate. For even more variety, try topping with shredded cheese and heating in the toaster over until it is melted.
9. HummusLooking for the kids snack alternative to chips and dip? Give hummus and pita bread (or pretzels or crackers or veggies) a try.
The once-humble sandwich has gotten a makeover! No longer limited to peanut butter and jelly or bologna or white, sandwiches are a great way to involve your kids in the meal-planning process. With a ton of varieties and choices available, this is one meal or snack that you'll want to share in.