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Healthy snacks for a 4 yr old

My son loves snacking on candy and other junk.I really want to get him away from that.Does anyone have any suggestions on healthy snacks(sweet tasting).The only fresh fruit he will eat is bananas.

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:17 PM on Nov. 3, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • dont allow candy in the house. if he is hungry he will eat something. my kids love raisins, apples, strawberries, melons,homemade popsicles made from fruit, celery w/ peanut butter, even goldfish pretzels or heck chips is better than candy. my son is not allowed any candy cept for after meals or on very special ocasions

    Answer by batsonsgirl at 10:22 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Have you tried dried fruits (raisins, craisins, banana chips, etc)? Also - there are actual "chips" out there now (like potato chips) made from healthy foods (my sitter the other day had ones that were spinach!). Also - apples dipped in fat free caramel sauce? or peanut butter?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:23 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • If you try letting him help make his own snacks(no matter what they are) he may be more likely to eat them. My boys like yogurt, so we'll mix fruit in with it. You can also try cracker stackers, we just layer a cracker with cheese and lean lunch great. Keep things around to make a snack mix,( dried cereal, dried fruit, yogurt covered raisons, low fat pretzels, etc.)
    We found that the more involved my boys are, the more they like whatever it is they've made. Good luck!

    Answer by how_reb at 10:31 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • my son loves choc chip chewy gronola bars, goldfish, popcorn (his fave), cheezits, gogurts

    Answer by shay1130 at 10:31 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • My 3 year old's sweet snacks consist mostly of yogurt & graham crackers, apple slices with PB or alone, applesauce, jello, pudding, granola or cereal bars, raisins. of course she does love the occasional cookie or cupcake too :)

    Answer by tnm786 at 10:35 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • i freeze gogurts and tell her that they are freezer pops, we have the gerber granola bars (less sugar than regular granola bars), try putting strawberries, blueberries etc..into pancakes, just add them to the batter to get him to eat those, after he'll eat them that way you can offer them plain. just keep offering them eventually he will try them. we also have a rule in my house, she can't get up from the table w/o trying a bite of everything on her plate. we do cheese and crackers, pepperonis, apples w/peanut butter, peanut butter on crackers, things like that.

    Answer by jessil83 at 10:50 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Snacks in my house consist of yogurt, fresh fruit, crackers, granola bars and cheese.

    Answer by NightPhoenix at 11:17 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • Dried fruits
    Ants on a Log (celery with pb and raisins)
    Apple and PB to dip
    Fresh veggies with ranch for dipping
    cheese and crackers
    pb and crackers
    yogurt (you can also add things to the top or buy the fun ones they have for kids)
    homemade trail mix (you can add dried fruits of choice, nuts of choice, maybe a few marshmallows or m & ms to make it more appealing)
    kids like "Bread balls" for whatever reason - you just give them a slice or two and they break it up roll them up into doughy balls and eat them

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:25 PM on Nov. 3, 2009

  • dried fruits are yummy (my daughter prefers the cherries and papaya over raisins)


    cheese sticks

    granola...some places have it flavored)

    dry cereals

    Oh gosh and jello!

    Answer by OneToughMami at 12:44 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

  • Dried fruit is great - DD loves craisins, yogurt covered raisins, and mango and ds prefers blueberries. I make Popsicles with yogurt and fresh fruit (raspbery yogurt with blueberries, peach yogurt with raspberries, ...) and both kids like those. Cheese sticks, wheat thins, granola bars, banana chips, and apples dipped in peanut butter are a few more favorite.

    Answer by TiffanyMarie80 at 3:42 AM on Nov. 4, 2009

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