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Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids: Help fuel their play

As they grab their uniforms, cleats, rackets, helmets, sneakers, etc… make sure your kids grab healthy snacks to keep their energy high and their minds nourished.

And, if you’re the parent in charge of snacks, it’s important to bring something that will keep all the kids moving!

Here’s a list of go-to snacks that will surely be team-pleasers. Be sure to offer at least two options – a carb and a protein.

  • Low-fat cheese, string cheese
  • Greek yogurt
  • Apples, bananas, pears, oranges (fresh or dried)
  • Carrots, sugar snap peas, cucumbers
  • Hummus and pita
  • Trail mix (be aware of nut allergies)
  • Plain popcorn, pretzels, baked chips
  • Granola bars (watch the sugar and fat)
  • Almond butter or peanut butter mini-sandwiches (again, be allergy aware)

With all of the on-the-go packaging available these days, providing these healthy options is not only good for them – it’s easy to keep stocked! If you’re feeding the team, going to membership stores (Costco, Sam’s, BJs) is a great place to find favorite snacks in bulk at great prices.

Julie Paul is a program coordinator with WakeMed Children’s Diabetes and Endocrinology.


2 thoughts to “Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids: Help fuel their play”

  1. All these are great ideas, unfortunately apples and carrots are some of the “dirtiest” in terms of pesticides so buy organic and/or thick skinned fruits as much as possible. Also, apples have been found to have traces of arsenic in them so limit those as well un less they are organic. The irony is that for as much as these fruits and vegtables are good for you is as much as they are bad for you, be wise and be smart about your food choices.

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