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10 Easy Healthy Snacks for Preschoolers They’ll Ask For Again

Every parent wants their kids to be healthy and one of the best ways to start them on the right track is providing them with easy healthy snacks from the start. Instead of a treat cupboard full of biscuits, chocolates and sweets, make your house treats healthy snacks, if you start this when they are young enough they’ll grow up thinking these are treats (at least until they get old enough to realise!). Here are 10 Easy Healthy Snacks for Preschoolers that they’ll love and want as a treat again!

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The trick with food for preschoolers is to make it fun for them, so try smiley faces, plates with different colours and shapes, and getting them to help make their snacks too.

1. Seedless Grapes

grape caterpillarAlthough there are sugars in grapes they are very low in saturated fats, cholesterol and sodium and a good source of Vitamins C and K.  Of course they are colourful, tasty and easy for a child to eat by themselves.

 

We love this caterpillar grapes idea from Funfamilycrafts.com.

For very young under 5’s it is recommended cutting grapes in half to avoid choking.

Check out this video with a trick for cutting grapes easily and quickly!

2. Raisins

raisinsRaisins are dried grapes or currants and they are a rich and concentrated source of energy, vitamins, electrolytes and minerals.

Added bonus is they don’t require much prep and are simple for your child to eat on their own.

3. Veggie Sticks

veggie sticksThere are several vegetables that can be eaten raw and some provide more nutrition than when cooked. They are full of vitamins, anti-oxidants plus soluble as well as insoluble dietary fibre.

Just chop them up into small sticks or bite sized pieces and use them as a colourful healthy snack. Your child may not like them all but worth a try.

You can use carrots, cucumbers, celery, caulifower, tomatoes (yes I know they are a fruit), sugarsnap peas and baby sweetcorn.

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4. Berries

strawberries_1Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries are perfect as healthy and colourful snacks for children. They are low in calories and full of vitamins and anti-oxidants.

To make berries even more fun then take your kids to pick them e.g. in the garden or on a Pick Your Own farm, then they’ll know where they come from too.

5. Fruit

fun fruitAll types of fruit are good for your child’s health and growth being low in calories and fat. Packed with vitamins, especially vitamin C, and anti-oxidants, they are colourful and taste delicious.

As well as berries and grapes, there are lots to choose from: bananas, apples, oranges, melon, pears, peaches, mango, apricots, pineapple and lots of exotic fruits your child may develop a taste for.

Add a touch of cinnamon or peanut butter to jazz it up a bit if needs be.

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6. Dried Fruit

dried bananasAvailable in all supermarkets and health food shops, dried fruit are very good in iron, calcium, zinc, selenium and manganese.

These have the added bonus of being a bit more portable that fresh fruit if you’re out and about.

7. Eggs

boiled egg stock-photo-18042824-smiley-faceOne egg provides a 4-year-old with almost one-third of her protein requirements for the day. You can boil them up in advance and keep some hardboiled eggs in the fridge.

They last for 7 days and a tip is to write the use by date on the shell so you know when to throw them out. Have your child help to shell them and make their food a bit more fun.

8. Frozen Fruit Lollies

ice lolly mouldYou can make your own using real juices and fruit, yoghurt and fruits or even a smoothie and freezing them into lollies or popsicles. Of course you can buy lollies too but you will have fun with your child making your own.

These Toogoo lolly moulds are available from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.com

You might also like this Strawberry Ice Cream Recipe 

9. Sliced Fresh Meats

sliced hamMeat contain proteins that all growing children need. It is also full of vitamins A, B and D plus iron, zinc and selenium which all aid to your children’s health and wellbeing.

Whether it’s leftovers from the Sunday roast or store-bought sliced chicken, beef and ham, they all make easy snacks your children will enjoy. You could roll up the slice when serving for a change, kids seem to enjoy the finger shape.

NB Avoid sausages or hot dogs for very young kids as again these can be a choking hazard.

10. Cheese

cheese cubesCheese is full of nutrients like calcium, protein, phosphorus, zinc, vitamin A and vitamin B12. Although it has saturated fats, eaten in moderation cheese is important for the diet because the benefits of its nutrients.

Chop it up and even add pineapple, grapes or celery to make it more interesting and add some vitamin C.

Over to you now! What easy healthy snacks do you give to your preschooler? Tell us in the comments below.

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Sian Phillips is the Managing Editor of Tweak Your Biz. Sian is a qualified accountant and has an honours diploma in Journalism too. She is either content editing, accounting or writing on any given day.