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3 Tips To Packing Healthy Snacks That Kids Will Eat

3 Tips To Packing Healthy Snacks That Kids Will Eat

Follow these guidelines to packing and serving nutritious snacks that kids will actually eat! [sponsored]

Disclosure: I do consultant work for GoGo squeeZ and I was compensated to write the post. Opinions and thoughts are my own.

Despite having three nutrition degrees between us, Serena and I still go through the struggles of having wholesome foods on hand that all our kids will REGULARLY eat.

Sound familiar?

Since it’s back-to-school time and we’re all trying to get into routines, this struggle often becomes more apparent as we get back to packing those lunches and snacks.

Follow these guidelines to packing and serving nutritious snacks that kids will actually eat!

And when it comes to snacking, here’s what I think:
I believe in healthy snacking for kids and that snacks are a necessary part of a growing child’s diet at appropriate times (3 hours+ between meals.) What I do not condone (and really detest) is what seems to have become the norm in our culture today – that there needs to be treats (that are disguised as snacks) at every single kid activity.

Now, I’m not talking about two-hour intense sport practices where kids burn a lot of calories and need to refuel. I’m talking about Saturday morning 45-minute pee-wee soccer games right after breakfast or 1 hour Girl Scout meetings following dinner time where snacks always seem to be part of the routine (and often the main thing the kids look forward to vs. the actual activity.)

And let’s face it, it’s not water and fruit that’s being offered, it’s higher calorie/lower-nutrient foods and drinks – like chips, crackers, cookies and sports drinks – that have somehow become regular, everyday snacks vs. occasional treats.

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But I’m here to empower you that you do have control (at least some control – especially with your younger kids), to give snacking back its good name. Starting with what you pack for your kids who have snack time build into their school day.

Follow these guidelines to packing and serving nutritious snacks that kids will actually eat!

Here are a few on-the-go, healthier snacking tips (that can also be applied to packed lunches.) These strategies have all worked for our families at some point – hopefully, they can help you, too:

1) Try new foods/snacks at home first

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I know my daughter likes familiarity when it comes to most foods so if you’re packing something new, make sure it’s something your kids have seen before and eaten at home first – otherwise, it’s probably going to go uneaten or even worse, get trashed.

2) When possible, pair vegetables with a favorite food

Pair veggies with favorite foods - try these new fruit and veggie flavors from GoGo squeeZ [sponsored]
GoGo squeeZ Fruit & VeggieZ pouches are a great example – pureed vegetables like sweet potato or carrots are mixed into a familiar applesauce brand.

Other ideas include pureeing spinach or canned artichokes into hummus or adding shredded zucchini and carrots in whole grain muffins.

Make Ahead Recipe Idea: Peek-A-Boo Corn Muffins
Add some veggies to your kids snack the fun way with this peek-a-boo muffins.

These cornbread muffins have broccoli florets baked inside. You can freeze a batch and then pack as needed. They’ll defrost by snack time.

3) Pack something fun

Cool packing helps make healthier snacks attractive to kids like these new GoGo squeeZ yogurtZ [sponsored]

Cool packaging (like those GoGo squeeZ pouches), fun shapes (cheese or mini peanut butter sandwiches cut out with cookie cutters) or dips (like salsa or ranch dressing for celery, carrot and jicama sticks) are ways to make snack time enjoyable and still wholesome.

Recipe idea: Fruit Cupcakes
Spread GoGo squeeZ yogurtZ on top of cantaloupe and watermelon cut outs to make "frosted cupcakes" [sponsored]

Pack circle cuts of watermelon or cantaloupe with a GoGo squeeZ’s new YogurtZ (shelf stable yogurt pouches mixed with fruit puree.) Before eating, kids can squeeze the YogurtZ on top of the fruit pieces as the “icing” on the “cupcakes.”

What’s your kids’ favorite portable snack? Have you heard of the new GoGo squeeZ YogurtZs?

Stephanie Sangatanan

Thursday 1st of September 2016

I love the fruit cupcake idea!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Thursday 1st of September 2016

Thanks much Stephanie - it's so easy and fun :)

Kelli @ Hungry Hobby

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

I feel like food bloggers,nutritionists and even Dietitians are sometimes more afraid to suggest outright veggies and dip to parents as a snack than the parents are? Like society has this standard that kids should get to enjoy allthingsweet forever, as there right as children, all the time. I'm all for letting kids be kids, but I think we underestimate their abilities to enjoy healthy foods. I recently taught a kids cooking class and on the days we made healthy bugs out of celery, raisins and pretzels they were SOOOO excited to tell their parents they made something healthy. It totally changed my outlook!

Deanna Segrave-Daly

Wednesday 31st of August 2016

Such an excellent point and love hearing about your experience with the kids cooking class! I agree - I find that kids are for the most part, eager to learn and getting them involved in the kitchen is such a crucial step to getting them to enjoy healthy foods. It can be as easy as those "healthy bugs" recipe!

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