What kind of snack can my 2 year old get the most protein from?

Your question is a great one. Snacks can be a great way to keep your kids satisfied between meals. Healthy snacks should primarily consist of complex carbohydrates and protein. Traditional “snack” foods like potato chips, cookies, and candy are filled with simple carbohydrates, which only leave your child still-hungry and searching for more. The best snack foods for kids should be as natural as possible. For example, roll up sliced deli meat with cheese slices for a very easy and delicious snack. Greek yogurt paired with soft peach/pear/orange slices (chopped small) are a great way to fill your child with protein, vitamins and fiber. I recommend getting your child involved and engaged in snack time whenever possible. You may take half of a whole grain English Muffin and have your child pick out fun toppings like natural nut butter or cream cheese or fruit spread. But be sure to spread each topping very thin to avoid globs, which can be a choking hazard.From there you can use whole grain cereal, cooked veggies, or soft fruits to make a fun and healthy snack “face”. Kids love to dip so be sure to keep things like hummus, cottage cheese, or yogurt on hand and then keep a variety of “spoons” around. These could consist of steamed and cooled green beans, sliced apples, or whole grain crackers. Homemade fruit smoothies are always a crowd favorite! Get your blender out and choose fresh or frozen fruit, yogurt, juice (try Old Orchard 100% fruit juice) and ice. They will get so many vitamins and minerals with this and may think it is a dessert rather than a healthy snack. Finally, remember to get creative and keep your kids involved. Try a new fruit or veggie each week (again remember to choose soft when possible and chop small to reduce risk of choking) and be sure to pair with a high protein choice like cheese slices or cubes, yogurt, chopped hard boiled egg, hummus, nut butters, and deli meat.

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