Raising a healthy child means providing plenty of opportunities for play and physical activity. However, active kids need the right foods to fuel them through gymnastics practice or dance class, so you should be sure to pack the right snacks for your kids to bring along for their afterschool activities. This article will offer a few simple and tasty ideas for your kids’ snacks.
Fruit Slices and Nut Butter
Fresh fruits and vegetables are always a smart choice for kids to eat, but they may not be the most filling. Offering a serving of peanut or almond butter along with some sliced apples or bananas will add some healthy fats and protein to snack time for longer-lasting fuel.
Yogurt and Granola
As you shop for granola, look for options rich in full grain and low in sugar, or—better yet—make it yourself. Oats, nuts, and berries are a crunchy and sweet treat to sprinkle over yogurt, which has protein, calcium, fat, and vitamin D to sustain your child’s energy. If your child is unable to eat dairy, try swapping regular yogurt for coconut or soy varieties.
Cheese and Veggie Sticks
Kids love snacks they can eat with their hands, so take the time to slice veggies into easy-to-eat, dippable sticks. Salad dressing or hummus can be the perfect dip to get your child excited about eating vegetables. Serve them alongside cheese sticks so that your child has a fun, filling, and satisfying snack.
If you are looking for ways to keep your child active and social, check out the classes offered at Heart & Soul Kids Activity Center. You can visit us online or call (520) 818-7974 to inquire about gymnastics, dance, and tumble classes for kids from toddlers to teens. We also offer drop-in classes that can help you take a night off while your kids have fun.