Healthy Snacks for Kids on the Go
Are you planning to travel with your family this summer? Jamie Futterman, R.D., L.D., CDE, outpatient dietitian at Washington Adventist Hospital, offers tips to provide simple, wholesome snacks when your family is on the go.
“Nutritious snacks act as ‘mini meals,’ supplying the nutrients lacking in other meals,” Futterman says. “Look for snacks that offer a combination of high fiber, carbohydrates, healthy protein and minimal fat.”
Futterman recommends the following snacks, packed with nutrition and a bit of fun. Some are nonperishable and will keep for a few hours or days. Others may require an insulated lunch bag with a reusable ice pack to stay cool:
- Whole-grain rice cake made into a “face” spread with cream cheese or peanut butter, and then topped with fruit (blueberries for the eyes, a strawberry for the mouth, a grape for the nose)
- Ants on a log: celery with almond butter or cream cheese and raisins (to look like ants)
- Fruit kebabs with vanilla yogurt for dipping (for young kids, use round-edged plastic chopsticks)
- Applesauce cups (no added sugar) or fruit cups (packed in juice) paired with a piece of cheese