Balanced, nutritious snacks can help children maintain energy and lengthen their attention span throughout the day as well as provide fuel for growth and development. There are many options for healthy snacks that are low in sugar to provide your child with the zip they need until the next meal. Some suggestions are baby carrots or sliced apples, boiled eggs, whole grain crackers w/ cheese, pretzels, pepperoni/sausage, applesauce, popcorn and yogurts. These options are all easily eaten by hand, come ready-to-eat and will fill a tummy. Having your child choose their own snack makes them more likely to eat it. Water in a bottle is a great idea too!
Cathy Farber is a Kindergarten teacher at Bert Edwards Science & Technology School in Kamloops, B.C.