If your child gets hungry before a mealtime but you’re afraid to give them a snack in case it makes them not want to eat at dinner, you shouldn’t be. If you give a snack in moderation, it should fill them up just enough so that they’ll still be hungry when it’s time to eat. Plus if you deprave your child of food at non meal times and they go around feeling hungry except at the eating table, they may end up having food issues later on in life and overindulging. This article will list five choices that you can give your child before mealtime.
Five Kids Snacks that Won’t Spoil Their Appetites #1: Fruit or Veggies
Giving your child a snack that is a fruit or vegetable is not only good for their body; it will help satisfy their hunger. You can give your child a banana (or some other fruit or veggie that they’ll eat) along with a half cup of water and they should be able to wait until dinner.
Five Kids Snacks that Won’t Spoil Their Appetites #2: Crackers and Cheese
Crackers and slices of cheese can be given in moderation but can still curb your child’s growling tummy. You can opt for wheat crackers or regular saltines along with a few slices of cheese. Arrange them on a little plate so it will look like your angel is getting more then you’re actually giving them.
Five Kids Snacks that Won’t Spoil Their Appetites #3: Half of a PB&J on Wheat Bread
Wheat bread is all the rage these days due to its healthier values then white bread so use it to make your child half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. A whole sandwich could fill your child up so it is important to make them only half. If you want to make it healthier, use sugar free jelly.
Five Kids Snacks that Won’t Spoil Their Appetites #4: Popcorn
Popcorn is a perfect snack for children and adults alike. You can give your child two or three cups of popcorn (with no extras like butter) and it will fill them up for a limited amount of time since its mostly air. They’ll have a yummy snack and will be ready for the meal when you serve it. If they need a little something more, give them half a glass of milk.
Five Kids Snacks that Won’t Spoil Their Appetites #5: Sugar Free Yogurt
Yogurt can be a real treat to children but you don’t want to give your kids lots of unneeded sugar so instead of giving them a kids yogurt that is filled with sugar, look for a sugar free one that is sweetened naturally or with sweeteners. It will satisfy their cravings while giving them a sweet treat.