Quick and healthy snacks for preschoolers

Here are some quick, healthy ideas for lunch:

English muffin pizzas:  Invite your child to make a personal pizza by spreading spaghetti sauce on half an English muffin and letting your child add her favorite toppings. (Be sure to offer some sliced veggies.) Sprinkle cheese on top and bake in a toaster oven until the cheese melts slightly.

Classic nut butter sandwich: Peanut butter is full of protein, folic acid, and magnesium, making this good old standby a great lunch choice for children.

Choose a brand without added hydrogenated fats, which are often used to prevent separation. You also could try alternatives such as almond butter or SunButter, which is made from sunflower seeds. These may be good options for people with nut allergies.

Spread nut butter thinly on bread or crackers, and never give a young child a glob of it on a spoon. (She might choke on it.)

Try adding some raisins or thin slices of apple or banana.


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