Who doesn’t like snacks? They’re delicious, very easy to prepare, and help balance the amount of nutrients required for your baby’s diet. If you think that your child doesn’t eat enough at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, a healthy snack can serve as nutritional support. On the other hand, your little one might have a healthy appetite and eat very well but still get hungry between meals. Healthy snacks are a great way to keep your child happy and satisfied.
How do I introduce healthy snacks?
It’s best to introduce snacks each day at the same time. That way, your child will learn to anticipate food at certain hours and will be prepared for them. Now, there will be days when your baby doesn’t finish his entire snack either because he isn’t hungry or doesn’t like it. However, try to continue offering the snacks at the same time to avoid confusion in your child’s routine.
Which snacks should I offer to my little one?
Many of kids’ snacks tend to be of lower nutritional value, however, if you choose healthy options, these can support your child’s healthy eating plan. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests the following recommendations to offer healthy snacks to your children:
- Increase fruit and vegetable intake. Snack time is a great opportunity to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables your little one has every day. Give him the opportunity to choose between two or three options. Also, you can pair the fruits and vegetables with dairy products like cheese, or whole-grain cereals and bread.
- Keep healthy foods at home. It is more convenient and easier to introduce healthy snacks to your child if you keep different healthy items at hand. Try to have in your kitchen raw vegetables and fruit, yogurt dip, hummus, and cheese sticks.
- Avoid processed food. Avoid giving junk food to your little one since they contain a lot of added sugar and salt. These snacks don’t add any healthy nutritional value to their diet.
Offer two to three snacks every day, establishing good eating habits. With a small portion, your baby will probably be satisfied, and it will prevent him from rejecting the whole snack and allow him to get to dinner time with enthusiasm.