Kids love to snack and they’re naturally drawn to sweet, chewy, sticky, all-around not the best choices, to be honest! Obviously sugar is bad, but what snacks are healthy for kids? Certain foods, like yogurt, nuts, and crunchy veggies, actually support healthy teeth and gums while providing vitamins that young mouths need. So how can you entice kids to eat sugar free, nutritious snacks that fill their bellies and aren’t bad for their teeth? The trick is to keep it interesting. Try these fun and easy snack ideas, all free of refined sugar!
Sugar Free Snacks For Your Child's Lunchbox
Grab a tortilla and spread on some sunflower seed butter, a fun and delicious alternative to peanut butter. Next arrange a layer of potassium-packed banana slices on half of the tortilla and sprinkle lightly with cinnamon (optional). Fold the tortilla in half and cut into triangles.
It's safe to start with mild-flavored black olives, but feel free to get adventurous with green olives, Kalamata, or explore stuffed options if your local healthy grocer has an olive bar. Olives are easy to pack into small containers and some brands even sell them prepackaged as individual servings.
2) Freeze-dried Fruits and Veggies
This is a fun alternative to traditional dried fruits that can be chewy and hard on teeth. There are a variety of fruits (and yes, veggies!) available to buy, like strawberries, bananas, and corn!
3) Crunchy Chickpeas
This unique snack has that satisfying crunch, is full of protein and fiber and comes in a variety of fun flavors. You can easily make your own at home, too.
When it's not covered in movie theater butter, popcorn is actually a great sugar free snack for kids! It's a low-calorie, whole grain option available in a variety of flavors, and can easily be found in individual-sized bags ready to throw in a lunchbox or backpack.
There's no shortage of individual serving cheeses out there: cheese sticks, rectangles, wheels, wedges — you name it. You can also buy a block and cut cubes or chunks and pack them in reusable containers.
It’s important to teach kids skills for healthy eating, like how to swap sugary temptations for better options. As you pack lunches and prepare meals at home, continue to be a good snacking role model and show how easy and fun healthy snacking can be.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.