Friday, July 30, 2010

Preschool Snacks

Preschool age children can sometimes be picky about the foods they eat. It's important that adults don't force children to eat foods they don't want but rather supply them with healthy options and let them decide which foods they will eat. It's also important to act as positive role models for children because children often copy what they see adults eating. Preschoolers are more likely to try healthy foods if they are involved in helping prepare them. They can help with things in the kitchen such as washing vegetables, measuring ingredients and setting the table. Here are some healthy snacks that your preschooler may enjoy and can help prepare: * Celery sticks with peanut butter * Tortilla chips with refried beans and salsa * Peanut butter and banana sandwiches (May be cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters) * Trail mix made with cereal, dried fruit, and nuts * Cherry tomatoes and cheese cubes * Hard boiled egg with whole wheat crackers For more information on providing nutritious snacks for your preschooler, visit: National Network for Child Care website: Information on Healthy Snacking website:

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