There’s no doubt that winter has arrived in the Greater Kansas City Area. In neighborhoods all across town, the evidence is easy to see. Snowdrifts are stacked up against houses and buildings. Snowmen with carrot noses and wool-mitten hands are turning up in yards. Streets and sidewalks are a slushy mess. And schools are using up precious snow days when they have to – giving children around Kansas City a few days to play in the snow.
We were all young once, and we surely remember snow days with great fondness. Snow days are a time to make snowmen and snow angels and built snow forts for snowball fights in the yard. Snow days are also a great time for warm mid-day snacks. Running around in the snow is great exercise, you know – it builds up a big appetite. And although we know that no snow day is complete without a mug of hot chocolate and marshmallows, we thought this might be a great time to talk about some healthy winter snacks for kids.
Snacks are important for growing children. Although they have a relatively small stomach, they typically expend a lot of energy in a given day. So, it’s natural for your kids to ask for in-between-meal snacks and it’s perfectly okay to supply them with small snacks to keep their energy levels up. Of course, on a cold winter day, you’ll probably feel better about serving something hot (or at least room-temperature) when they come in from the snow. The following is a list of great winter snack ideas for kids.
Twelve Healthy Winter Snacks for Kids that Parents will be Happy to Serve
- Warm cinnamon-raisin toast
- Baked mini bagels with cheese
- Low-fat microwave popcorn
- Pretzels with peanut butter
- Baked sweet potato fries
- Orange and banana slices
- A cup of low-sodium vegetable or chicken soup
- Cut vegetables with low-fat salad dressing for dipping
- Whole-grain crackers and string cheese
- Instant oatmeal made with non-fat milk
- Hummus and whole wheat pita chips
- Pistachios, pumpkin seeds, or sunflower seeds
Little bodies that are hard at play need to refuel to stay happy and healthy. So, healthy snacks can be a great boost for energy as well as a great source for added vitamins and minerals. And don’t forget the hot chocolate! Believe it or not, reduced sugar and reduced fat hot chocolate mixes are a great source for calcium and vitamin D. In addition, cocoa provides healthy antioxidants. Yum!
Dr. Cobb always says, “Good oral hygiene habits, combined with healthy food choices and bi-annual checkups, are the best ways to prevent tooth decay.” If you have more questions about dental health, please come see us in Olathe, Kansas!