Best & Worst Snacks for Your Kids!

24 Mar

 Are you looking for healthy ideas for kid friendly snacks?  With an active preschooler and toddler, I always am.  DOn’t you find you need to change things up once in a while as well?  It can be a constant struggle not to go to a drive-thru and buy your kid’s food out of a fast food window…

When picking Julia up from school or going to run errands with the kids, we use a small insulated bag with an ice pack in it and bring somewhat healthy snacks like a cheese stick, fruit, yogurt, peanut butter crackers or sandwich, hard-boiled eggs…  Of course, goldfish, cookies and “baked” Cheetos made a round every once in a while as well.  So, when I saw this list on Parents.Com and it said “Place it on Your Fridge”, we did!  Check it out and hopefully it’ll help you get healthier snacks for your family as well.

Best and Worst Munchies for Kids

Here’s a list to post on your fridge. Check it when your kids say, “I’m hungry!”

By Mindy Hermann, R.D.


Best Foods 

  • American cheese
  • Baby carrots
  • Baked potato
  • Breakfast cereal
  • Broccoli
  • Cantaloupe
  • Chocolate milk
  • Eggs
  • Frozen mixed vegetables
  • Ground beef
  • Ketchup
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Orange juice
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Peanut butter
  • Pizza
  • Sweet potato
  • Tortillas
  • Whole-wheat bread
  • Yogurt

 Worst Foods 

  • Chicken nuggets (high in fat and salt)
  • Chips
  • Doughnuts
  • French fries
  • Fruit leather (too much sugar!)
  • Hot dogs (lots of calories, low in protein)
  • Juice-flavored drinks
  • Prepackaged lunches (no fruits or veggies)
  • Soda
  • Toaster pastries (try raisin toast)



3 Responses to “Best & Worst Snacks for Your Kids!”

  1. Vanessa Nielsen March 27, 2011 at 7:28 PM #

    Great list. We do try to stay away from processed foods as much as we can.


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