It can be hard to know what to feed your kids. If you give them too many sugary snacks and want to stop, then you need some new options. Below are fifteen low-sugar snack ideas for kids.
When you want your child to eat a healthier snack than a cupcake or something else filled with added sugars, fruit is a good choice. Your child will still get a sweet snack but something that is much better for them. Cut up an apple for them or give them a banana to peel themselves - it doesn't get any simpler.
If you want a snack for your kids on the go, then something like pretzels is a good option. As long as your child is old enough to handle the hard and crunchy snack, pretzels are a great option anytime. They aren't filled with sugar or fat and are easy to grab anytime.
If your kids love sweet things but you don't want them to have all the sugar of the average sweet treat, then give them dried fruit. Pick those fruits that are the lowest in sugar and make sure there is none added. This is a great, easy snack to grab anytime your kids want something sweet.
Buy plain yogurt so that you can control all that goes into it. If your kids love berries, then top it with a few of them for a bit of sweetness. Add low-sugar granola or just a touch of honey to the top for a good, low-sugar snack.
When you make any kind of homemade treat, you can control how much sugar goes into it. Make muffins with another sweetener for a good snacking option. Freeze the muffins and pull them out anytime your child wants a treat.
If your kids aren't into eating veggies on their own, but you want to get them to eat more of them so that they will stay away from sugar, then try serving them with a dip. Make the dip out of yogurt so that it will give them plenty of nutrients. Make a healthy dip without any sugar in it, and you will feel good watching your kids eat it and all their veggies.
If your kids get hungry in the afternoons and you want to give them a filling snack, then try smoothies. Add as many fruits and veggies to the mix as you want. Blend some milk and ice in, as well, and the smoothie will keep your child from snacking on sweets.
Cheese sticks are an easy snack. Sliced cheese is good, too. Serve cheese in a variety of ways to give your child a high-protein, low-sugar snack.
If you want to get your child full from their snack, then give them hummus. Serve it with veggies or pita chips. Make it homemade or buy it premade from the store, and just make sure it doesn't have added sugar.
If you have the time to make homemade snacks, then go for it. Make homemade cheese crackers in fun shapes. Add any flavorings you want, and you will keep your child satisfied with their snacking.
A snack doesn't have to be sweet to be fun, but you can make sandwiches cut in cute shapes for your child's snack. Add any healthy toppings you want and consider open-face sandwiches if you don't want to give them too much bread. Skip the jelly in nut spread sandwiches and put fruit, such as strawberry slices, on them instead.
If your child loves meat, then consider meat sticks for an easy low-sugar snack. Give them slices of sausage along with a few crackers, or heat a few of their favorite nuggets. Give them something filling like this to take their mind off sugar.
Create a trail mix for your child with all the fun things but very little sugar. Put in some of their favorite crackers and nuts. Add just a bit of dried fruit or some low-sugar dark chocolate for some sweetness, and they will enjoy every bite.
If your child loves a good, cold treat, then make them homemade. Freeze some fruit pops without any sugar added. Make ice cream from frozen bananas. Simple frozen treats will keep your child satisfied.
Popcorn is easy to make and a great snack for any time. You can add any toppings you want, from butter to a variety of seasonings and cheeses. Make it as simple or flavorful as you like and serve it fresh or bag it up for a snack on the go.
A snack doesn't need to be full of sugar to be fun. Get creative, and your child will love these snacks as much as any sweet ones. They will get healthier, and you can know you have succeeded as their parent.