The holidays are a fabulous time for reconnecting with the kids. However, it can be a time when the demands, especially for food, get ramped up a notch or two. In this post, we will cover some simple tips to create a healthy snack box full of healthy
Time needed: 15 minutes.
You will need
- Named basket, lunch box , large ziplock bag
for holding all your kids snacks for the day
- Small zip lock bags
For easy to grab small snacks such as carrot sticks
- Non leak , no spill containers or screw top jars
for wet food such as humous , chopped fruit with juices
- Snack size Tupperware tubs
for holding small snacks such as chopped tomatoes and grapes
- Appropriate amount of snacks from the kids snack box list
to make sure your child is getting the correct nutrients , and vitamins in their diet.
These kids bento snack boxes are the perfect way to create a toddler snack box, you can pack them full of fruit, veggies, and dips like hummus, there are also small compartments so you can add a few treats too! These boxes are sealable so they are great to grab and go for a healthy treat anywhere!
My kids typically start the “can I have ” barrage three minutes after eating breakfast. They would happily eat all day if I let them.
After finishing one meal, they would always be asking what was for lunch.
As a parent, I wanted to be able to give them treats, but still wanted to provide them with a healthy balance of fruit and veg. I also longed to curb the constant request for snacks.
I tried various methods to stop the constant mithering for snacks but nothing seemed to work, so I looked a little deeper and tried to figure out why they were so obsessed with food and snacks. I wondered if they worried that there were going to be no snacks and that’s why they had to keep asking for more to reassure themselves that they would be getting a snack.
So I decided to experiment with a homemade kids snack box.
What is a kids
A kids snack box is a large bag or box which is filled with healthy snacks for your kids. I tend to pick two or a variety of snacks from the healthy kid’s snacks list below and count one snack from the treat list below, depending on what we have planned for the day. make sure you are including plenty of sugar free snacks and drinks for toddlers .
Healthy snack ideas for kids snack box
- Dried apricots
- Dried figs
- Cherry tomatoes
- Dried apple
- Dried mango
- Fruit bar
- Fruit salad
- Edamame beans
- Boiled eggs
- Fruit salad
Toddler snack box ideas
I’ve included some snack box ideas for toddlers so your toddler doesn’t feel left out if you older kids are using snack boxes. A snack box for toddlers is a must for any parent with a toddler as they are portable and heathy!
- Cucumber sticks
- Cherry tomatoes halved
- Carrot batons
- Small squares of sandwich
- Low sugar yoghurt
- Grapes cut lengthways
- Sliced peppers
Kids snack box treat ideas
- Banana chips
- Biscuits or cookies
- Sweets or candy
- Savoury cheese snacks
You could even let your kids choose their own snacks from the list but remember, you know which portion sizes are healthy for your child, take care to avoid too many treats, if you’re unsure click this link for a simple guide on kids portion sizes.
The kids snack box rules
The kids are given their individual healthy snackbox at breakfast, and they are responsible for how they eat the contents. They are aware that when they have eaten all the snacks, there is no more food in between meals. My five year old makes sure he keeps his treat for watching tv after dinner!
The benefits of having a snackbox
- The kids are in control of when they eat and when they eat, they don’t need to ask and can see what is readily available at all times.
- It takes the guesswork out of snack time for the kids.
- They don’t ask for snacks now, because they can see what snacks are available for the full day.
kidssnack boxes are portable, so we do not get caught without having anything to eat when we are out.
- The kids can differentiate between healthy food and the treats and can make healthier choices.
box is an excellent way to monitor the number of treats they are having in a day and is suitable for vegan, dairy free, nut free and gluten free diets as you are completely in charge of what you put in your kidssnack kidssnack box.
- The kids get excited to see their snack boxes in the morning!
- My kids are eating responsibly and know about how to use self-control to their benefit.
- I still have my sanity!
I do not include snacks for after-school activities such as swimming, martial arts, rugby etc. as I usually take separate food for these times.
The great thing is the flexibility and portability these kids snack boxes give me, and of course the lack of nagging!
The easiest way to get healthy kids snacks is to make them yourself. all the healthy snacks on the snack list are no-cook snacks and are quick and easy to prepare. A huge amount of shop bought cereal bars and kids snack are overloaded with sugar and fat. P
Picky kids often don’t want to make healthy choices with snacks and it can often become a battle of wills to get your kids to eat healthily. make sure that the only options available are healthy snacks from the list above and offer no alternatives. For tips on how to get your picky eater to love eating fruit and vegetables read this post!
If you’ve tried to get your kids to eat healthily and are struggling, there are ways you can choose healthier options without them realising. I would introduce things like raw energy bars or protein balls, air blown popcorn, low fat and low sugar yoghurt, unsalted nuts, cheese portions, chicken or Quorn diced or sliced instead of their usual snacks. slowly introducing one new healthy snack at a time will be easier to incorporate than to change everything at once. It’s also good to try to encourage plenty of exercise for your kids to encourage a healthy lifestyle.
Yes! That is the beauty of this system, it is portable and you can take all of it out with you if you’re out for the day or you can just grab a bag of healthy chopped food if you’re just popping to the shops! It’s quick and easy just to grab on the go! I also like the fact that it keeps the continuity of healthy eating choices even when you are not at home. I do tend to take cheese and sweeter snacks such as fruit bars and protein balls out with me if my kids are going to be working up an appetite and running around and burning off tons of energy. My kids also love to have a picnic on days out which is another way to get some extra healthy food into them without them realizing!
I hope you’ve found this helpful. If you’d like to read How I Got My Kids To Love Eating Vegetables, click here.
For tips on meal prepping your snacks and healthy meals, you might like to check out this post
To download some free kid-friendly soups and sauces recipes read more here
For help with menu planning read this post