Healthy eating for children doesn’t have to be confusing, or just plain nasty for kids. Snacks and lunches can be nutritious and delicious for all children with diet restrictions such as food allergies, or religious constraints. Let’s face it most children do not want to eat hummus and celery. If you are fortunate enough to introduce children to this high protein snack and they like it what a great treat. Here are some realistic options that are quick, easy and tasty.
Organic is considered the best for many, especially when it comes to veggies, but there are some measures one can take. Check for locally grown and seasonal fruits and veggies and wash them very thoroughly. Apples, oranges, grapes, peaches, cherries and even watermelon and pineapple chunks/slices and raisins, are great naturally sweeten options; all of which can be sliced or conveniently taken along as a quick and easy snack. Baby carrots, sliced/half pickles; yes pickles (they are cucumbers) along with
When my nephews were smaller and taking them to the zoo, I would make this quick take along snack and place it in zip lock bags along with grapes and sliced apples that they loved. Here are just a few ideas:
Once again depending upon diet restrictions, sliced ham, chicken or turkey with a slice of cheddar, or American cheese wraps are delicious and a good source of protein and needed dairy that is provided for most children. Just take two slices of preferred meats roll a slice of cheese or string cheese in the middle held together by a paper thin slice of carrot about ½ inch wide wrapped around the snack. You can always stick to a slice of whole wheat, Ezekiel bread, and pitas, crackers or wraps, but stick to one slice per 2 slices of meat. Remember, due to food allergies, your kids may like peanuts or nuts, but going on a trip with his fellow campers or day class, many camps prohibit nuts being brought along. Check with your organization for rules.
You can also take a pure beef, chicken, turkey or kosher hot dog, (depending upon the age of the child) slice it down the middle and place a half slice of cheese down the middle. No mustard, ketchup (has sugar), no mayo, no mess. I love the idea of yogurt and I think it’s great for kids, and if you have a lunch bag that will keep it at the temperature needed go for it! Just be aware. This is why I will not recommend tuna or chicken salad or any of the condiments.
For a fat free snack and low in sugar, try animal crackers, dry Cheerios, or Check cereals which are good carb options and/or 3 pieces of licorice. Black licorice is the best but most do not care for the taste. Let’s avoid sodas, juices or sweeten drinks and just stick to pain ole water or you can make your own flavored water nowadays this way you can control the sugar. I feel that if you give the animal crackers and/or licorice that will help the craving for the sugar.
When you look it over you would have provided a fruit, veggie, protein and carbs for a well-rounded snack that is low in fat and sugars and energy that can be provided throughout the day. Happy Camping!