Making healthy snacks, like these apple nachos, are not only an activity to keep little hands busy during quarantine life, but cooking builds math and reading skills and encourages kids to try new foods. When we think about what to snack on we want to consider three things: snacks should be nutritious, filling, and fun.
Let’s start off with number 1: Boost Daily Nutrition
Like meals, snacks should be planned and used to fill in nutritional gaps. For example, serving up frozen squeezable yogurt sticks or using yogurt in our apple nacho dip helps supply a serving of calcium-rich dairy.
Secondly, Manage in Between Meal Hunger.
Snacks are more filling when they include 2 or more food groups. For example, apple nachos contain fruit, healthy fats, dairy and whole-grains.
Finally snacks should be fun.
Just like us, kids eat with their eyes, present food in a fun way and you will improve the odds that healthy snacks get eaten! Kids love to be playful with their food. Offering dips beside fruits and vegetables increases the odds your kids will eat them.
As we continue to think about ways to enrich our child’s homeschool experience, maybe play around in your kitchen as a classroom to make healthy snacks nutritious and filling, but inject lots of fun as well.
Want more ideas for cooking with kids? Check out our Sunshine Stew recipe + post.