Healthy snacks for preschoolers are those that include whole grains, such as crackers and cereal. Veggie sticks, fruit slices, and dairy products such as yogurt, are also great snack foods for preschoolers.
It is difficult for younger children to get the nutrition they need from just three meals per day. Snacks are essential for keeping preschoolers full between meals and for providing extra nutrients in between meals. Thinking of snacks as mini meals helps ensure that they are full of nutrients rather than packed full of sugar.
There are five food groups: grains, vegetables, fruits, dairy and protein. As a general guideline, preschool snacks should incorporate at least two of the food groups. Whole grain crackers topped with peanut butter is an excellent way to get nutrients from both the grains and protein food groups. A sliced banana on top of these peanut butter crackers makes it an even better snack.
Another healthy snack is whole grain graham crackers dipped in low-fat yogurt. Adding diced peaches or berries to the yogurt provides a calcium-rich snack full of the nutrients.
One of the most important rules to remember is to be a role model. Children will often eat what they see their parents eating, so making healthy snack choices allows them to imitate positive behavior and snacking habits.