Healthy snack options for kids

When the kids get home from school, they probably reach for a snack. It’s typically something easy, fast and not healthy. But you can help them change.”It’s important that kids are getting snacks to help fuel their bodies during the day,” says Amanda Jochum, Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. “Their little stomachs are not able to get all nutrients they need in three meals.”Getting kids snacks is easy. It’s making them healthy, that’s the challenge parents face. Jochum says to get kids involved in the process. “Get the kids in the kitchen,” says Jochum. “One of my biggest tips for picky eaters, get them in the kitchen so they can touch and feel and use all their senses when it comes to food. And before long they will get use to trying new things.”Jochum also says to utilize two different food groups at snack time. Things like chocolate milk with protein energy bites. You can even use protein shakes and add veggies or fruit. It’s important to get them added nutrients and find unique ways to offer them up. “Something to look at are things with extra nutrition like extra fiber or protein,” says Jochum. “These muffins are made with veggies, they are great, fantastic. The first ingredient is vegetables.”Hy-Vee also offers an online virtual snack class for kids. They have them for the little and bigger kids. It gets them learning about making healthy snacks. You can find the info on Hy-Vee’s website.

When the kids get home from school, they probably reach for a snack. It’s typically something easy, fast and not healthy. But you can help them change.

“It’s important that kids are getting snacks to help fuel their bodies during the day,” says Amanda Jochum, Hy-Vee Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. “Their little stomachs are not able to get all nutrients they need in three meals.”

Getting kids snacks is easy. It’s making them healthy, that’s the challenge parents face. Jochum says to get kids involved in the process.

“Get the kids in the kitchen,” says Jochum. “One of my biggest tips for picky eaters, get them in the kitchen so they can touch and feel and use all their senses when it comes to food. And before long they will get use to trying new things.”

Jochum also says to utilize two different food groups at snack time. Things like chocolate milk with protein energy bites. You can even use protein shakes and add veggies or fruit. It’s important to get them added nutrients and find unique ways to offer them up.

“Something to look at are things with extra nutrition like extra fiber or protein,” says Jochum. “These muffins are made with veggies, they are great, fantastic. The first ingredient is vegetables.”

Hy-Vee also offers an online virtual snack class for kids. They have them for the little and bigger kids. It gets them learning about making healthy snacks. You can find the info on Hy-Vee’s website.