Making better food choices is an important lesson for preschool children to learn. Snacks are not only a way to stave off cravings between meals but a means of introducing your child to new textures and tastes. Snacking the smart way this summer has never been easier with our pick of the 5 tastiest snacks.
1. Tospy Turvy Cucumber Sandwiches:
These quirky bite-sized morsels are not only deliciously cute but incredibly easy to make. Take two slices of cucumber and place a piece of low fat cheese, a small piece of thinly sliced ham, or a vegetable of your choice in the middle. Use a dainty food stick to hold your little masterpiece together and your preschooler can enjoy a cool, crunchy snack.
2. Awesome Avocado Dip:
The humble Avocado has for a few years now been riding the waves of success that come with being established as a superfood of the moment. One fun way to enjoy this nutritious fruit is by making a tasty dip by blending together the flesh of a whole avocado with a tablespoon of salsa, a teaspoon of light sour cream and ½ a teaspoon of lemon juice. Why not fill the leftover skin with your delicious dip creation to make an Avocado bowl that your child will love?
3. Rainbow Fruit Kebabs:
These colorful and vitamin packed skewers are a great way to get your children to eat more fruit. Thread chopped fruit such as strawberries, tangerines, pineapple, kiwi and grapes onto a wooden skewer. Arrange your tasty treats on a large board to create a ravishing – and yummy – rainbow.
Bonus Tip: These fruit kebabs are suitable for vegetarians, vegans and those with gluten intolerances. Why not make a similar one with roasted vegetables?
4. Naughty But Nice No-Bake Granola Bites:
These healthy wholegrain bites are sure to keep your child fuller for longer thanks to their high protein content. In a large bowl combine 2 cups of oats, 1 cup of flaxseed, 1 cup of rice cereal, 1 cup of peanut butter*, a sprinkle of chocolate chips, 2/3 cup of honey and 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract. Place small tablespoon sized portions on to a parchment lined tray and then refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
* If any family members have a nut allergy, substitute the peanut butter for sunflower butter.
5. Sip On a Smart Smoothie:
With blueberries often being cited as a one of the best foods for brain health, function and memory, encourage your child to help make this simple, brain-boosting smoothie. In a blender, pour 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 1 cup of pomegranate juice, 2 tablespoons of wheat germ, ¼ cup of almonds and 1 pitted and peeled avocado. This recipe should make enough for two tasty servings.
What are your preschooler's favorite healthy snacks? Let us know in the comments.
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