Children’s Snacks…Gotta Do Better!

by Kathy Sykes on January 27, 2010 · 1 comment

healthy snacks for kids

There is something that HAS to be done about my son’s Little Debbie Honey Bun fetish! Everyday he has to have a honey bun, whether it is before he goes to daycare or during the evening as a snack. He evens throws a tantrum (according to my husband..I have not witnessed this) if we are out of honey buns in the house.

Honey buns are not a bad thing. It is just that Thomas cannot eat them all day everyday along with chocolate ice cream. Yes, my little baby boy is not to be blamed for his sweet tooth. My husband and I love snacks too! And we are responsible for setting a good example of “moderation” for our son…so that is the reason for this post.

I have seen many articles on serving creative snacks for children in order to get them to eat healthier. But I think the biggest way to enforce healthy eating in kids is to eat and model healthy eating as adults. We do slack on this quite often and we started on such a great path after he was born.

But I am sure many parents and families go through “seasons” where they are not on top of their “healthy eating” game and it’s priority falls by the wayside when life begins to get chaotic. Thus for the Sykes household..we are not completely cutting out the yummy stuff but beginning to have more “balance” with our eating.

Today, Thomas and I went grocery shopping for new snacks (and as a part of his homeschool learning..the food groups). I took him with me because I wanted him to choose his new snacks. Sometimes we bring things home that we think our kids will like based on our own opinions or a commercial, only to realize that we wasted our money. I chose to help Thomas make the decision of which snacks he should eat from now on.  While at the store, we went down the chips, cookies, and crackers isle. He pointed at everything he wanted. But instead I told him that he could choose any item from another isle that he wanted and it would be just as good.

Thomas and I ended up buying fresh veggies and apples, fruit cups (no sugar added), cashews, peanut butter crackers, and yogurt. I did also buy a box of honey buns so that he would not be totally deprived. So now, the whole family will join in on the healthy snacks bandwagon and turning my child into a smart snacker (great article).

What types of snacks do you give your kids and do you have any “tricks” to get them to eat healthier?

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Tricia Kaye January 30, 2010 at 4:46 pm

We have been struggling with getting our son Davis to eat what we are eating. He would not try the food or say he wasn’t hungry. We would just let it go and give him what he wanted and he loves his chocolate milk. We decided 2 weeks ago that we would stop the snacking and no more chocolate milk (for a while). I didn’t think this was going to work, but to my surprise it did. It is like we have a new son!!!

Good luck with the healthy snacking!!!

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