We have all heard “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Well, I think this is especially true with your dentist. As a dentist, I hope children only have to go in for regular check-ups or sealants and not for cavities! Snacks are a major part of our children’s lives to keep their bodies and minds fueled. Everyday, your child will probably have a snack and have plenty of treats at birthday parties and other events. I know my children will also have snacks and treats at parties and events but it is important to make sure they brush their teeth and try to make healthier snack choices when you have a chance. Children do not need to fill the entire month eating candy! Try to keep some healthy choices on hand. These snacks are actually better for me as well! Here are some options:
1. Peanut Butter Apple: Core out an apple and fill with peanut butter. Children love biting into the apple when they see the delicious brown peanut butter.
2. Edamame: My son loves it. Lighty salt them … the perfect balance of protein and carbohydrate. These are easy to freeze and thaw out as needed. 100 percent natural!
3. Ants on a Log: An old favorite. Celery sticks filled with peanut butter, cream cheese, or hummus and topped with any of the following: raisins, apple dices, seeds, nuts, banana dices, etc. These are great snacks for Toddlers! Many toddlers will just eat the “filling” and the raisins, which is just fine! Ensure what you add is appropriate for your Toddler. My children actually enjoy helping me make them and they seem to enjoy eating them because they were part of the preparation!
4. Applesauce Graham Crackers
- Graham Crackers
- Natural Applesauce
- Wheat Germ
*Mix cinnamon, wheat germ and raisins into the applesauce. Spread over the graham crackers. Use any type of fruit purée you wish! If you use low salt saltines, low-salt Ritz, pita bread slices, or plain rice cakes as your cracker base, it is just as good!!
If you have any additional healthy recipes to share, please write in and share them with us!