Snacks for the child should always be healthy and full of nutritional benefits for their growth and development. But you know that fruits, vegetables or dairy products - which are among the most recommended foods for such meals, do not really fall into the top of children's preferences.
As they grow up, the little ones become hopelessly "in love" with chips, snacks, chocolate and unhealthy cakes from the trade. However, as eating habits are still in the making, we teach you how to start with the right to open the baby's appetite for healthy snacks, from the age of baby.
Discover the most important tricks for introducing healthy snacks into your baby's diet and turning them into your child's favorite foods in the long term!
Introducing snacks in baby nutrition, why should you consider it?
With the diversification of food, snacks will quickly "enter" your baby's menu. Snacks are served twice a day, between the main tables.
It is recommended to be large and nutritious enough to quench hunger and provide energy, but not enough to saturate and skip any of the main tables. Here are some safety rules that baby snacks should adhere to:
- vegetables and fruits must be soft (cooked beforehand);
- the pieces of food should not be very small, because there is a risk of drowning;
- foods such as flowers, peas or beans, carrots, grapes, jellies, sticky candies, dried fruits should be avoided; in general, sticky, strong foods that come in small pieces present an increased risk of drowning for babies;
- snacks should be diversified, and the child should be exposed, since he was a baby, to a lot of different tastes and textures of foods;
- choose soft, well-cooked fruits, to be served in pieces or sliced - peaches, pears and melons must be among the first fruits introduced after the beginning of food diversification;
- foods served as snacks should be eaten cooked, baked or steamed - never fried;
- baby snacks are most often offered in the form of pasta, mash or scraps and less in pieces, because there is a risk of drowning through food;
- the meat - mainly chicken or turkey - should be cooked very well, until the meat falls off the bone and only then served to the child as snacks.
Food and snacks that the child loves
The healthy and nutritious eating habits of the child are formed from an early age. If the tastes are already small, when he grows up, the child will easily become the follower of a healthy diet.
The main trick that you can raise an unpretentious child to eat is to expose him to as many textures and foods as he is very young. If you are given baby avocado, broccoli or spinach, three of the foods that children often snack on are not only familiar with them and will like them, but will ask for them when they are older.
In addition, parents should combine less tasty foods with ingredients or flavors to the child's liking. In other words, to hide unpleasant, but very nutritious foods, in healthy and very tasty flavors and ingredients, to the liking of the little one.
Here are the healthy snacks for the child, which have a high chance of being among his later food preferences:
- delicious sandwiches with cream cheese, turkey fillets, tomatoes, cow cheese, cucumbers, green salad or any other nutritious and tasty ingredients preferred by the child (a single sandwich is enough for a snack);
- dairy products, but with something good and sweet in them - simple dairy products will never win the prize for "favorite baby foods"; in combination with other delicious ingredients - fruits, small pieces of dark chocolate, cinnamon, whole grains, vanilla flavors etc. - they are easier "digestible" for the child and have high chances to be on their taste (the recommended portion for a single snack is a small yogurt with a few slices of bananas or a few pieces of chocolate in it);
- Homemade muffins represent another delicious and favorite snack of the child (muffins, but also other types of cakes - blackberry, pandispan, check, etc. - if they are homemade, with ingredients chosen and healthy substitutes for sugar represent energy-filled snacks for the little one);
- gray with milk and rice with milk - here are two other snacks that the child will adore, especially if they are garnished with a splash of cinnamon, sweet, fruit syrup or vanilla;
- Milkshake or fruit shake - even if you drink more than you eat, these types of milk fruit and other flavors can successfully replace a snack, because they contain fewer calories, but many nutritious and satiating nutrients.
Give your child snacks according to your preferences, always taking care to replace the child's harmful options with healthy but tasty alternatives. Write down some of the favorite foods or ingredients of the child on the paper and build, from them, all kinds of snack menus for him.
Baby snacks, at what age?
Snacks are an important part of feeding a child, from the age of the baby, immediately after the beginning of diversification. Starting with the age of 7-9 months, when the child develops his fine motor skills and manages to hold small objects in his hands and take them to his mouth, they can introduce in his menu the so-called finger foods or snacks for babies.
As it grows, the offer of snacks diversifies and includes more and more types of food. These should always be healthy and nutritious: vegetables, fruits (fresh or dried), dairy products, but also cakes, biscuits, breads or muffins from whole grains.
What are your child's favorite snacks? How did you manage to make him eat healthy foods without making fuss? Tell us your opinions in the comments section below!
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