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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Healthy Snacks for Growing Kids by O'Boy Organic

Last week, I told you about the Happy and Healthy Mom Fair, and specifically that I met O'Boy Organic. Among the many handouts I received, the ones from O'Boy Organic were my favorite!  I don't know about your children but Ava eats SO MUCH. I feel like she is smacking her lips yelling "Hunnnnny!!!!!!!" (hungry) every two hours, a little throwback to the breastfeeding days when her nickname was "The Little Bull".

Sometimes we get in a snack rut and she eats the same 5 or 6 things over and over again. Thanks to O'Boy Organic for keeping our snacks fresh and exciting with this list...

1. Fruit cut into bite-sized pieces: apple, pear, plum, apricot, peach, nectarine, kiwi, pineapple, berries, banana, canteloupe, watermelon, papaya, mango, grapes.  Let them dip in a low-sugar yougurt mixture (we use greek plain at our house).

2. Grain Snacks: whole grain crackers (try to get the ones with flax seed mixed in), toaste dbread and fruit preserves or cream cheese (try sprouted bread- tons of protein and fiber), pretzels, oatmeal bars, cold ceral (dry or with milk).

3. Veggie Snacks: choose your child's favorite vegetable and let him dip in hummus, salsa, ranch or guacamole.  Try carrot sticks, red or yellow pepper strips, jicama slices, and broccoli florets --call them "trees"!

4. Dairy Snacks: yogurt, yogurt and fruit smoothies, cheese and crackers, cheese with apple slices. During hot months, try freezing smoothies or yogurt and make ice pops.

5. Protein-Packed Snacks: hummus or black bean dip with pita triangles, crackers or sliced veggies, peanut butter sandwiches

*Because nuts and peanuts cause allergic reactions, wait until at least 2 years old before introducing to your child.  Take to your pediatrician about when to introduce potentially allergenic foods as it may be best to wait longer than the stated guidelines.  Small round foods like grapes can cause choking in young children. Avoid whole grapes until age 2 or older.

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