1. Make Designs:
Kids LOVE things that look “pretty” or “cool.” When making healthy snacks, try to fancy them up a bit (such as my flower design out of strawberries, bananas and fat free yogurt).
2. Cut up your Veggies:
My sister-in-law taught me this trick: Cut your veggies into small pieces. It is not only easier for toddlers, but it is a lot more fun to eat mini food!
3. Have Dips:
When my kids have things to dip their food into, they are more likely to eat it. We use Low Fat Yogurt, Lowfat Peanut Butter, and Fat Free Ranch dressing.
4. Use Toothpicks!
My kids love eating snacks with toothpicks. It is like having samples at the store!
5. Different Toppings:
Try and spice things up a bit. Add raisins to your celery and apples or try smashed nuts and coconut on their peanut butter apples. It is all about being creative.
6. FREEZE IT!
I love frozen things, especially on hot days! We eat frozen grapes, Go-Gurts, and my favorite: Frozen Chocolate covered Peanut butter bananas.
8. 100 -Calorie Packs!
One of our favorite snacks is the 100-calorie pack popcorn! Give each child their own special bowl to eat their popcorn out of. You can also find other calorie snacks at the store such as Craisins that are good for your children.
9. Make it a game:
Making eating healthy snacks fun. Sometimes I will cut up a banana and the game is to stack the bananas as high as they can go. You could to this with many many fruits or veggies.
Give them a variety of healthy choices and they are more than likely to choose one of them. They could even help you prepare the snack- which they are more likely to eat if they helped make it themselves.