Apples are healthy and, when combined with other foods, make a filling snack for children to enjoy. Be sure not to peel the fruit, as this skin is the reason apples are so healthy. Sporting a good amount of fiber and vitamin C, this fruit also contains such nutrients as vitamin B-6 and potassium.
Children who are skilled enough will be able to cut their own apple slices, and wont need as much supervision as younger children. For the younger child, coring and slicing the apples beforehand will be helpful.
There are a variety of apple slice toppings and, depending on the healthy eating lifestyle your family enjoys, you can choose whatever healthy toppings the children will enjoy most. These examples will get you started:
- Macadamia butter with raisins.
- Peanut butter with dried cranberries.
- Cheese slices.
- Cottage cheese and dried berries.
- Cream cheese and chopped grapes. (Cut the grapes yourself if children are too young to do so.)
- Almond butter with unsweetened flaked coconut.
- Cashew butter with dried berries.
- Sunflower butter with dried cranberries.
- Cottage cheese and almond slivers.
Put the ingredients out for the children to easily access, and let them put together their snacks.
There are a few healthy options available. If you don’t serve your child peanut butter, try a true nut butter. If you don’t serve them dairy, try something else. An important factor with these options is that your child will be consuming a fruit in combination with protein.
Given all the ingredients, children will be able to put this snack together on their own. It will be fun for them, and will teach important kitchen skills. They’ll also be learning about nutrition. It’s very important to talk to children about the food they eat, and the nutrients they derive from their food.
Enjoy preparing foods with your children.
(I can’t wait for my grandson to be big enough to help me in the kitchen!)