If you are grandparents, you know that having your grandkids visit you overnight is one of your greatest joys. Having that time with them to bond is special for you and them. As you probably know, Sept. 12, 2010 is National Grandparents Day! So if you have invited your grandkids to stay over or visit for that special day, or any other time, stock up on these 10 essential treats that are healthy and fun to eat. Be prepared when they say “I’m hungry” grandma or grandpa.
These are snacks they can help themselves to and will make snack time stress-free!
1. Cereal is always a good choice, but buy unprocessed cereals that are high in fiber and nutrients, and low in fat and added sugar. Think Raisin Brand, Honey Bunches of Oats, Wheat Cheerios, and top with 2% or skim milk.
2. Yogurt is healthy if you buy the low fat flavored type. Your grandkids will never know the difference. Mix in raisins and almonds to add some crunch and sweetness to make this treat yummy and filling for their tummy!
3. Cut up fruits and veggies are wonderful healthy snacks for either at home of if you’re taking the grandkids to the zoo, mall, movie, or other outing. Take small carrot sticks, celery sticks, grapes, strawberries, or apple slices when you go on an outing or have them in containers in the fridge for the kids to grab when the hunger pains strike quickly.
4. Peanut Butter is great to keep on hand for protein and energy. Mix with celery and raisins to make the classic “ants on a log.”
5. Whole wheat tortillas are great for a little heavier snack like a sandwich. Let the kids roll their favorite filling of lunchmeat, tuna, fish sticks, or scrambled eggs and cheese to make a healthy snack wrap.
6. Oatmeal cookies are a favorite of kids. Let them help you make a batch and top them with raisins. Then eat some together while they are still warm!
7. Making mini pizzas are a great way to get your grandkids into cooking, and what kid doesn’t like pizza? Use mini wheat bagels or English wheat muffins as the crust and let them top with pizza sauce, and their favorite veggies. This will get your grandkids excited about cooking!
8. Have some bendy straws on hand. They will make any drink fun! Have diet drinks, juices, milk, and water on hand to keep the little ones hydrated.
9. Microwave popcorn is a great snack high in fiber and healthy if not drenched in butter. Make a big bowl of popcorn, pull out a good DVD and enjoy the night!
10. Whole wheat crackers provide a crunchy base for cheese or peanut butter.
Keeping some or all of these healthy snacks on hand when the grandkids come to visit will ensure they will stay happy and fed between the main meals. Snack time will be fun and stress-free when you plan ahead.