“Mom, I’m hungry” say all my children almost every hour of every day. Some days it seems like I hear that phrase every 10 minutes. What do you feed a child who is constantly hungry.
I try to eat healthy… I try to help my kids eat healthy, but I am by no means one of those people who only have healthy food in my home. As far as snacks go I really try to have a good amount of healthy options on hand but with how many snacks my kids eat we usually go through all the healthy options and some unhealthy ones too.
I also am not one of those parents who makes cute little snacks for my kids. I like simple snacks that my kids can quickly grab from the pantry or fridge.
Here are few ideas of healthy snacks
Fresh fruit- I try to keep apples, bananas, and oranges on hand. I rotate through grapes, blueberries, and strawberries in the fridge as well
Cheese- I keep 2-3 options of cheese on a shelf reachable by my children. I use baby bells, colby jack cheese sticks, string cheese, a bag of pre-cubed cheese etc.
Applesauce- I keep applesauce in the fridge and squeezable applesauce to go pouches to take with me when running errands.
Yogurt- I usually have gogurts (not really healthy) or other yogurt on hand. The best option would be plain greek yogurt with honey added. My kids like to add cereal or granola to the top.
Fresh vegetables- carrots, celery, mini bell peppers, cauliflower are the most likely fresh vegetables to get eaten in my house but I will admit I rarely can get my children to eat them as a snack. I will be working on this starting tomorrow 😉
Dried fruits and vegetables- I love my dehydrator. Its great for helping me create more healthy munching options. I have tried dried apple slices, pineapple, and strawberries all though many fruits will work well in a dehydrator. You can also use it to make vegetable chips by dehydrating thin sliced sweet potato, turnips, radishes, or even zucchini.
Beef Jerky- I make my own beef jerky with ground beef and a dehydrator.
Hard boiled eggs- Make a great protein packed snack.
Cottage cheese- I’ll be honest… my kids don’t really eat cottage cheese anymore (I haven’t offered it to them in over a year so maybe its time to try again) They used to eat it all the time as a snack.
As far as less healthy snacks go, we typically have at least a few of the following on hand.
Belvita crackers, graham crackers, granola pretzels, animal crackers, and marshmallows.
I use the Nesco FD-80 Dehydrator. I works well for me but I also have not tried any other brands so I cannot compare it.