Snacks for children

A one-year-old toddler sometimes wants a snack. So let's try to offer healthy snacks for children from the very beginning. Instead of a candy bar, let your child eat vegetables or fruit so that snacks between meals are filling and healthy. We can give the child a free hand and put several different snacks in front of him so that he can decide what he will eat. Remember, however, to choose healthy products, not chips or crisps.

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1. Should the child eat snacks?

A baby's tiny belly does not really allow it to saturate for more than a few hours. To prevent your child from being hungry, you can offer him all sorts of healthy snacks. A snack that a child can eat on his own is also an additional self-eating training, during which the child learns to control the pace of eating, holding a dish in his hand, and the amount of snacks eaten. A snack, which is not a planned meal, gives the child a free decision to eat it, which has a positive effect on shaping his independence.

Healthy snacks for kids

Oranges are a great healthy snack for kids.

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2. What snacks for children?

Young children should eat rather soft foods. Initially, these will be ready-made food in jars intended for small children and fruit juices. We also avoid common allergens, such as citrus. In the first year of life, we should not give our toddler hot spices, large amounts of salt, fast food, salted sticks and sweets.

Only later do we introduce more variety to the child's menu, although we still serve only healthy dishes for the child. Good snacks for children from vegetables and fruits include:

  • pieces of soft fruit,
  • dried fruits,
  • peeled apple pieces,
  • cooked broccoli,
  • cooked cauliflower,
  • cooked carrot,
  • young kohlrabi,
  • sweet pepper cut into strips.

Other types of preschooler snacks include:

  • nuts,
  • oatmeal cookies,
  • popcorn prepared without fat,
  • corn crisps,
  • rice bread,
  • rice crisps.

If your child is hungry, consider adding more filling snacks, such as:

  • small pieces of cheese sandwiches,
  • crackers,
  • muesli with milk or yoghurt,
  • yoghurts in various fruity flavors.

A child's snacks outside the home should be eaten in hygienic conditions. We wash the child's hands with water and dry them. We also clean our mouth and hands after eating. Before you go out, get a snack container for your child to avoid buying bars or chips. When we hear that the child wants to eat something, it is a good idea to give the toddler water first. You may find that your child really wanted to drink, not eat. In addition, dry snacks such as rice bread for children are thirsty.

Let's not go overboard with the number of snacks on the child's menu. If a toddler learns to constantly eat something between meals, it can contribute to the development of unhealthy eating habits and, consequently, to overweight and obesity in childhood or adulthood. Try to keep your baby's meals and snacks varied.

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