Healthy Snack Ideas for Daycare Providers
It’s snack time! As a daycare provider, it’s important that you provide nutritious foods for the children, and that you help instill healthy eating habits in children at a young age. Here are few ideas from Kindermark Kids for some fun and creative, healthy snack ideas that you can use in your daycare setting.
1. Fruit Kabobs
While an apple or banana by itself seems like a pretty boring snack, fruit kabobs can make healthy eating fun! They are a delicious, easy-to-eat treat that kids will love. Cut up various types of fruit, from apples and bananas to strawberries and pineapple. Place them on a stick and you’ve turned a simple snack into a fun, new way to eat fruit.
Packed with protein, cheese has always been a go-to choice for a kid’s snack. Instead of just handing out some slices of cheese with crackers. Make snack time fun by sticking mini pretzel rods into cheese cubes or using cookie cutters to cut the cheese into fun shapes! If you want to get really crazy, add the cheese shapes to your fruit kabobs.
Take a delicious, calcium-rich cheese quesadilla and add some protein. Throw some chicken in there or black beans. Children can easily pick up the triangles; it’s the perfect finger food. Leave the salsa on the side, as some picky eaters may not like tomatoes, onions or whatever else could be hiding in the salsa.
Popcorn is sure to be a hit with the kids, and it’s whole grain. As long as you don’t drench it in butter, popcorn is quite nutritious, with 4 grams of fiber per 3-cup serving. You can even add your choice of topping such as grated cheese or nutritional yeast.
Frothy cold drinks are a great way to disguise fruit as a tasty treat! Kids go crazy over these nutritious, sippable snacks. Use non-fat vanilla yogurt, 100% orange juice and a banana for the smoothie base. Then experiment with different flavors such as strawberry or peach. Smoothies are a great way to sneak several servings of fruit and fiber into a child’s diet.
6. PB&J Wraps
What child doesn’t love PB&J? Unfortunately, these sandwiches are usually packed with a ton of sugar. For a healthier option, make a peanut butter strawberry wrap. Instead of jelly or jam, substitute real strawberries. Instead of bread, use a tortilla to help hold the strawberries in. The peanut butter not only makes the wrap delicious, but adds a bit of protein.
7. Trail Mix
Trail mix is a tried-and-true snack option! You can add whatever you want to the mix. From whole grain cereal and pretzels to dried fruit and chocolate chips, the possibilities are endless. Make sure none of the children in your daycare have a nut allergy before adding peanuts, almonds, etc. to your trail mix.
Make snack time much easier with some amazing products from Kindermark Kids. Our child-size tables and chairs make sitting down for snack time a breeze. Our child-height sinks make cleaning up after snack time easy as well. Check out all our classroom furniture, portable sinks and more online, and start designing your snack time area today!
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