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Peyton in Biloxi, MS @peytonthomas11

What are the best snacks to feed your children mid morning?

My girls always want a snack mid morning. I think sometimes it keeps them from eating their lunches. What can I give them for a snack when they are hungry that won't ruin their lunch?

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  • I have found that grapes, raisins, yogurt are great snacks for kids mid morning because they don't fill you up .

  • Apple slices or bananas or a bit of peanut butter will quench their hunger pains and not interfere with lunch

  • I find that fruits are best as a mid-morning snack.  Things such as an orange (sliced), grapes, and melon are all high in water content to still keep a child satisfied and will give them a nice natural energy boost.

  • An apple or banana will help. When I babysit my cousins and they want a snack that is what I give them and they still eat lunch. One time I brought over some cheese sticks and they loved them! I gave them one cheese stick and then when lunch time rolled around they ate a sandwich and another cheese stick! Hope this helps!

  • Carrots and hummus are always great or even sugar snap peas! (:

  • You can make fruit really fun for them and do a little Popsicle project where you guys make fruit Popsicle's or fruit and yogurt Popsicle's. it will satisfy them for the moment but soon their tummies will be ready to eat just in time for lunch! i suggest using frozen fruit (pureed) and Greek yogurt layered together make it pretty!

  • I do not have children but if I did have children the best snack for mid-morning would be some yogurt or some fresh fruit.

    • I used to like to give each child a, corded half unpeeled apple with natural peanut butter and raisins and a nice afternoon snack. Along with a cup of All Natural juice or water makes a great before dinner snack. This is a great afternoon snack. - HIDDEN from Saint Petersburg, FL

    • When i babysit i feed my kids around 8 a.m. then i would feed them around lunch time and for snack i would give them either yogurt,jello,fruit ,or chips. I have a time set when i give them something to eat so when dinner comes around they wouldn’t be full off snacks - HIDDEN from Warner Robins, GA

    • I think a GREAT snack is “fresh fruit bark”.

      Chop up berries, and coat a large cake pan in wax paper, then spread out vanilla yogurt in the pan, and then randomly place the fruits in the yogurt. Freeze until the yogurt is firm, ( I freeze it over night). And then just break it up. It’s sooo tasty, and healthy, not to mention easy

      HIDDEN from Pomeroy, OH

    • I agree, any type of fresh fruit would be good. You can also try eggs, yogurt or veggies. In the morning I would try to keep the sugars at a minimum. - HIDDEN

    • I agree any types of fresh fruit, yogurt. Something light. It won’t b too heavy and definitely will not ruin their lunch. - HIDDEN from Everett, WA

  • I suggest a fruit, nuts, anything that is low in sugar.

  • When I was younger my mom always put honey nut cheerios in a small, smiley-face container. They were fun to eat and yummy too! Fruit of all kinds are great at any time of the day. Cut-up apples are easy to eat, and they keep kids healthy. 

  • Fruits are a healthy and easy option as are nuts and yogurts. If you try fruits or crackers consider adding a nut butter to boost the protein in your child's diet. 

  • I used to work at a private school and I can tell you that kids from 2 to 22 love this snack. They do not get full but it does give them a boost and does not fill them for long. I use it still for my young adult kids and believe me it goes a long way too.

    Just mix a bag of goldfish crackers (any kind), a half a bag of mini marshmallows, a half a bag of semi sweet chocolate chips. Mix it up, put it in small juice cups or a baggie and put the rest in a canister for the rest of the week. Jello is dry cereal is just as great. Give them apple juice or just water with. Snack bars are awesome.They love it and it is satisfying. 

  • I have three children at home: an 8 year old daughter, a 6 year old daughter, and a 1 1/2 year old son. My children want snacks all the time, and I can tell you from experience, choose the wrong one and the actual meal will definitely end up in the trash.

    My doctor told me that due to the high metabolic rate in children, they burn a lot of calories during the day. So, when choosing a snack, choose one that will sustain them and tide them over to the next meal:

    -Fruits

    -Veggies

    -Yogurt

    -Pudding

    Try to avoid nuts in small children. They can be a choking hazard, and your child could have a nut allergy.

    The snacks listed above will give your children the nutrition they  need while not getting them so full that they won't eat their food.

    Of course, if not given in moderation, even easily burnable foods like these will fill them up and make them not want to eat.

    Hope this helps! :)

  • I am totally a fan of Veggies, Carrots, celery, anything. They are a fantastic healthy habit to start early and it is super hard to fill up on them. 

  • This is a great opportunity for you to introduce more fruit and veggies into there diets. Yogurts and maybe some humus for dipping pretzels or veggies. If you keep the servings moderate in size in just about any snack could help prevent them from being full at lunch time.

    • Good advice regarding humus and moderation! I see a lot of people recomend fruit and I myself have given my children fruit without restrictions….Obviously there is a lot of natural sugars in fruit - HIDDEN from Hagerstown, MD

  • Avocado makes for a wonderful snack, and can be enjoyed completely by itself! It's loaded with essential fatty acids that are vital to the development of a young brain, and they're absolutely delicious! 

  • Fresh fruit , crackers and cheese , or cereal

  • I think fruit is a great light snack! Watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries...

  • I find that just like us, kids need the same energy and nutrition that we do to get through their day.  After breakfast when I start feeling ready for a pick me up-I know my body is beginning to lack in necessary fats and nutrients. Not all fats are bad for us-in fact, our brains depend on good fats.  Nuts if possible, olives, olive oil and avocado's are all great healthy fats to incorporate.  I will usually make a berry banana and almond milk smoothie and add any veggies or avocado or extras to it. Sweetened with honey and its delicious and healthy.  I also do the banana's with peanut butter but sometimes the quick sugar of peanut butter is more counterproductive and makes you more hungry so I've paired it with other fruits and the banana-apple slices, oranges, strawberry, and banana with a small glob of peanut butter 'dip' in the middle.

  • Depends on the child's likes.

    I did a cup of cottage cheese on a plate, cut up oranges, apples, or whatever fruit was in season put the cottage cheese in the center and laid the fruit all around it. Made snappy looking tasteful mid morning snacks or even an afternoon snack. 

    I also used vanilla protein yogurt, as it's sweet with grapes, blueberries, strawberries, then layered them in a see t h Ruth small shot glass, and a fast simple snack is created.

    If you choose meat, use a sliced meat, with a green veggie wrapped around a small piece of cheese.  

    Also jello jigglers with a dollop of yogurt or whipped cream is nice on warm summer days.

    Get creative and enjoy!

  • Fruits and veggies, Watermelon is always great!

  • A lot of times when I babysit, I like to make kids a smoothie because it fills them up and it is full of fruit so you also can trick them into eating healthy ;)

  • fruit,home-made granola bars,and crackers with cheese or peanut butter.

  • Nuts are a good snack that won't interfere with their lunch.  Also a banana or celry and peanut butter work well!

  • my daughter is 10 months old and I feed her fruit, organic cheese, yogurt, and I always offer either water or juice (half juice/half water) with every snack. I only give her a snack in the morning between breakfast and lunch and then an afternoon snack between lunch and dinner. Both snacks are small in portion size (about the size of my palm or less). 

  • I also loved raisins, apples, and peanut butter for my afternoon snack.  I also love yogurt, but when it comes to dairy, humans actually don't process cow milk as well as goat milk or even non-dairy milk.  The full feeling is false, usually bloating caused by reaction to enzymes in cows milk.  Try the homemade granola with almond milk or soy milk, maybe vanilla flavored.  I also used to love fig newtons.  I make them now homemade.  Speaking of almonds, I love nuts, but if there are allergy concerns, opt for raw veggies, usually carrots or celery sticks. 

  • healthy snack are best, you can give them apple slices, half a banana, crackers and cheese

  • fruit is easily digested, usually in about 30min. so that won't run lunch or dinner, and they will still be hungry

  • I would say low fat string cheese, carrots/any type of veggie really, or a piece of fruit (grapes, pear ,watermelon) Fruits high in water content will fill up up quickly but easily digest so they wont feel full for long.

  • I most def do fruit. Mine loved pineapples and oranges.

  • honestly im 14 and i used to like those Gogo squeeze apple sauce things

  • I would give a snack of fruit like half a banana. 

  • Hi

  • I'd say make your own fruit cups, a week supply, and keep them in the fridge for a snack. Add some nuts as well!

  • Apple slices and peanut butter. Or celery with peanut butter is good too.  String Cheese, OR canteloup balls (little scoops), small watermelon slices, etc.

  • try giving them to go snacks such as apple slices or yogurt 

  • Granola bars if they are old enough. If you go to walmart they have nutritional bars that have few calories but are covered in peanut butter/chocolate. I give them to most of the kids I babysit and they LOVE them! Also bananas, grapes, and once a week maybe a snack of their choice. There are tons of options and the main one is letting them choose. Get a shoe rack from the store and put three different kinds of snacks that can be left out ie; bananas, granola bars, or oranges. Many kids like to have a choice. Goodluck! :) 

  • A great snack for kids Graham crackers and cheese or fresh fruit. Keep portions small so it not to filling.  Another great plan is to make smoothies put in frozen fruits,vegetables, great way to add nutrients without kids knowing its good for them.

  • Ensure is good because it has a lot of vitamins and it always keeps me full for about one or two hours depending on how hungry I am but aside from that I think apples with peanut butter may be good as well or maybe a healthy cereal such as Great Grains. Even a nice yogurt with fruit and granola will settle the stomach for a bit. 

  • Maybe some fruit cut up and mixed together with some cottage cheese

  • Fruits, vegetables, granola bars, dry cereal, crackers, yogurt, pretzels

  • a great snack that i always make is vanilla yogurt with a few strawberries cut up in there, topped with some almonds and honey. ALWAYS a satisfying snack 

  • If they are eating because they are bored then fresh fruit or veggies. If it's truly because they are hungry then something with a little bit of protein. Maybe a cottage cheese cup or greek yogurt.

  • A good snack is you can give them some vanilla yogurt with a fruit snack and they still will be healthy because yogurt does it has the most sugar fruit snacks about 20 percent of sugar snack every once in awhile

  • My kids are the same way. I give them a small serving of grapes, apple or other fruit and a water bottle. It satisfies their hunger but doesn't spoil their appetite.

  • Having fresh cut vegetables and fruit on the table is a great way to get your kids eating healthy throughout the day. If they don't like raw vegetables try adding dip like peanut butter :) 

  • Hard boiled eggs are good protein and a small snack!

  • Cheese sticks, peanut butter on celery, any type of protein!

  • Try giving a glass milk or,maybe a couple of sticks of mozzarella cheese,both for filling and very high in vitamins,especially the milk.Have you ever heard of milk your diet,it fills you up,when you drink a glass full.

  • I have always found that fresh fruits and veggies, some cheese, and some protein like peanut butter in small amount works best.

  • When my children were small, the snack that I would make for them, during midmorning, either would be a peanut butter on one slice of whole wheat bread with some slices of bananas, or some slices of apples with protein, or celery with peanut butter with some raisins in between them.

  • For kids without nut allergies, I usually mix cashews, dried cranberries, and cheddar or mozzarella cheese chunks in a bowl. Kind of like Sargento's balanced breaks! They keep kids full until lunch and give them lots of protein in a sweet and salty treat!

  • We love thinly sliced cucumbers and ranch, celery with peanut butter and raisins, Sliced colored bell peppers, grapes, strawberries, and sometimes mixed veggie trays.

  • I prefer to go with fruit (or veggies, if you're creative enough to have them eat it) because of the high water content. It takes the edge off without making you feel full. I also like offering dried fruit (raisins, dried cranberries, prunes...) as well as nuts (sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, peanuts, pecans...). They're healthy and if it does end up spoiling their lunch you'll know they've had fruit/vegetable and protein servings. Cheese or yogurt is another option.

     

    In fact, there are times we have a "snacky lunch" which means we munch on things of the appropriate food groups without trying to make a meal out of it. If we skip the carbs it's ok.

  • Why not carrot sticks or celery with peanut butter?  Rice cakes with Peanut Butter and raisin faces? 

  • Hi! I nanny two young boys and found it often that they would have the same problem. Here are some options I tried out and worked:

    • Sugar free/Whole grain DRY cereal
    • Graham crackers
    • Low-fat mozzarella cheese sticks
    • Yogurt
    • Apple sauce
      Also, 100% real fruit juice is a good option to, or milk; it's both satisfying and filling. 
  • Yogurt won't fill them up, but they'd like it. Also, a cup of almond milk and fruit like an apple or orange would be good. 

  • You'll want to feed them something high-fiber, but medium to low-protein/low-carb. Basically a fruit or vegetable-based snack. The fiber will keep them full for a couple of hours, and they'll be ready for lunchtime when it comes around. Use that opportunity to get their vitamins and minerals in by making a compelling but delicious snack such as homemade fruit salad, bananas with peanut butter, or grilled asparagus with hummus. Don't include any pure carbs like bread, rice, or grains--that will keep the girls feeling full beyond their normal lunchtime.

  • this is something that has been passed down from my mom she would take dry cereal and add dry fruits and maybe min chocolate chips or puts fruit or crackers with peanut butter and puts them on the table she would leave it on the table until about an hour or hour half  before she starts to make launch.

  • I will usually do fruit or yogurt, or sometimes a granola bar. My kids love smoothies as well, especially now that its getting warmer, they really enjoy it, 

  • I give a cup of plain salted popcorn to the children in my classroom. Maybe juice or water to drink and by lunchtime, they are hungry enough to eat their lunch. :)

  • Fruit, yogurt, or cereal bars

  • Any light foods such as Granola Bars, crackers, yogurt or fruit will hold them over until lunch. In my opinion fruit is the way to go. There are many different kinds and are naturally sweet, which what kids like. you can also pair it to with whipped cream of another light topping. This will give it the effect of being a treat to the child instead of just a snack.

  • My girls love cucumbers and cheese

  • I have found that the best snack for mid morning is either a piece of fruit, yougurt or a smoothie with veggies and fruit in it. Another great idea is craisins...Cranberry dried fruit that looks a lot like raisins.

  • Fruit or yogurt!

  • I have 4 children and they all done well with bananas and peanut butter in the am hours. 

  • Yogurt with berries and granola!

  • ALWAYS BE THE BEST FRUIT SNACK ( SWEET AS : GRAPES , APPLES , CARROTS WITH CREAM ) THIS KEEPS YOUR CHILD WITH ENERGY TO AND IF YOU USE RIGHT PORTION NOT LOSE THE APPETITE FOR LUNCH...:)

  • fruit is easily digested, usually in about 30min. so that won't ruin lunch or dinner, and they will still be hungry

  • Peanut butter energy bites 

    A link Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites | Minimalist Baker Recipes
  • fruits.. apples, oranges or egg with hard boiled eggs.. you can also just give them a healthy breakfast so they dont get hungry rigth away, like friedrice ,with egg   chicken ,fruits and milk .. 

  • Roasted Almonds, Yogurt, carrots, any veggies also work. 

  • A banana 

  • Apples, bananas and yogurt I have found to be excellent morning snacks that hold us over until lunch time. Light yet excellent nutrition! 

  • Apples,crackers,grapes

  • I suggest a vegan fruit salad with almond milk. This is a snack that i have been using for kids for years. Breakfast is around 7 and lunch isn't until 12 so from 9-10 I normally can tell that the kids are hungry. I give them this simple clean snack and every one is full of energy until lunch time. And there are tons of great ways to do this easy snack. 

    This is a link for fruit salad in  a jar, but you can put this in a plastic container if you are traveling or going out.

    A link Vegan Snack Recipe: Fruit Salad in a Jar — Snack Recipes from The Kitchn
  • Also, I make sure it's about 2 hours before lunch and 2 hours before dinner so it's not too close to their meal time!

  • I'm a fan of mid morning snacks that incorporate some sort of fruit/vegetable and protein.

    Sliced apples or bananas with peanut butter are fantastic. When packing ahead of time, you can freeze sliced bananas with peanut butter in between them as mini-sandwiches. By mid-morning, they are still cold and yummy. Though not all children like this, carrot sticks or cucumbers with hummus is another favorite. Veggies with some chive cream cheese can be satisfying but smaller amounts won't fill your child up. Small, simple yogurt parfait cups incorporate some protein (yogurt), fruit, and good carbs (granola). Frozen grapes with some cheese cubes offer this as well. Homemade trail mix is delicious and you have a better idea of what your child is consuming. I add almonds, peanuts, dried fruits, and a small amount of dark chocolate. Though this doesn't fit my "goal" of protein and fruit/veggie, making some popcorn (particularly air-popped or can microwave kernels in a brown paper bag in the microwave with a bit of salt and olive oil) and adding spices your children like can be good.

    Finally, homemade granola bars are SO yummy and SO easy. I make them for myself to take to work. They hide all sorts of good things for fussier kids as well! You mix some oats with chunky peanut butter and honey. From here, you can add dried fruit, more nuts, or things like flax and chia seeds - that add fiber and good fats to their diets. And, if you're ever interested for yourself - I add a bit of vanilla protein powder as well. For added flavor, you can mix in a bit of pumpkin pie spice. 

  • Carrots, apples,apple sauce,strawberries - good snacks which will not feel up before lunch  

  • Apples with peanut butter or saltines with peanut butter and jelly like little cracker sandwiches.Or yogurt with fruit and granola. 

  • I would go with a banana or peaches. Both equally delicious 😃

  • I find raisins, dried fruit, a little mix of nuts/seeds can be a great nutritious snack without being too filling

  • If your girls aren't eating lunch, the snack might be given too late. As a pre-k teacher we have our snack time between 10 and 10:30 and then lunch is between 12 and 12:30. Light snacks are the best: handful of goldfish crackers and cheese stick; one gogurt and a graham cracker; a couple apple slices with caramel or fruit dip; a couple carrots/celery with a little ranch or cream cheese. By only giving them a small amount, they will feel full right away but within the two hours they will be hungry for lunch again.

  • I would recommend bananas and oatmeal. Bananas are high in fiber and a great fruit. Oatmeal is wonderful all around, and helps your child stay full until lunch. You could also do a fruit smoothy in the morning, as it is better to have sugar in the early hours of the day when your metabolism is burning- not in the evening. 

  • I say anything light will be good.. Cheerios with raisins, 2 pretzel rods, a cup of yogurt with fruit in it or even a small muffin. Any of those should be good or even a fruit or veggie. The thing is to give it to them in moderation. They will keep asking for more but it's up to you to let them know it is only a snack not a meal.. 

  • We like yogurt, yogurt covered raisins, or a small fruit like a clementine orange.

  • Fruits - apples, grapes, watermelon 

    or make a fruit smoothie, always a hit! 

  • I agree about the fruit, but wanted to add one other thing. I noticed that when I feed my kids cereal or waffles for breakfast, they are hungry a short time later. When I make sure to give them something with protein, like scrambled eggs or peanut butter toast, they can make it to lunch. So you might want to try experiment with what they eat for breakfast.

  • I really agree with all of these answers.  These are all healthy alternatives to giving them things like fruit snacks and other unhealthy food products.  The I babysit especially love eating fruit and the occasional animal crackers

  • I would trying giving anything healthy. Fruits and veggies, yogurts, or even a healthy homemade granola trail mix! Have them help out with it, that way they'll be excited to eat their healthy snack that they are proud of! 

  • Something small is always good. Maybe some fruit/veggies or just a couple crackers. Also, if you give them more water/juice throughout the day it might fill them up better in between meals.

  • Use cookie cutters to shape fruits or bread. Make festive. Add paprika or a dash of salt.

  • If you vary a lot each day in whether or not you provide a snack it could be messing with their internal food clocks. If you wait to give only lunch one day and then give them a snack before lunch the next day, the body will probably think that that is the lunch even though it is earlier so it will not be hungry during actual lunch time. A regular schedule with a combination of healthy, but not over filling, snacks could do wonders for an appetite. Good luck!

  • I like to give fruit or veg as a snack with a nut or seed butter. another option is sprouted bread (like ezekiel) toasted with a little avocado mashed on top. or smoothies are great, just make sure the liquid you use isn't loaded with sugar!

  • Graham crackers and apple sauce (you can dip em too), any type of sliced fruit, rice cakes, gogurt, granola mix of bars, fruit leather/snacks, pretzels and peanut butter, are all great options same with a small serving of overnight oats or chia pudding. Have them help prepare healthy muffins or breakfast cookies. They'll have fun making them and they'll be delicious. You could also do a smoothie

  • well i have had that issue with my son, i usually do a banana as they help maintain energy, and it helps with brain function. if not try giving half and apple with peanut butter if they can have it as a dipping sauce. You will need to slice the apple. When my son was younger he had a hard time eating some times.. so i would sit and eat with him and if i saw him not eating i would say "oh boy!!! i see some extra food over there and it looks delicious, let me take some." He would start to eat again, and now if you say oh look some extra food, he puts his hands over it and eats faster. See is all about the games, if you make it into a game they don't feel like they have to eat it all just that they want to play the game and it works.

  • An apple, it's healthy and will fill you up without losing appetite for lunch.

  • Any fruit or veggies are always great snacks and healthy too! Hummus or peanut butter are both good additions. Other great options include yogurt and granola, hard boiled eggs, and muffins. I would also suggest starting off the day with a breakfast that has higher protein in it such as scrambled eggs. Sugary cereal or frozen waffles will not sustain a kid's hunger for long, leading to more cravings and snacks.

    Pinterest has a bunch of fun snack ideas for kids. One of my favorites is "ants on a log" which is celery filled with peanut butter topped with raisins.

  • Smoothies are fun and healthy! I keep cut fruit and shredded or finely diced veggies in the freezer. You can hide a lot of veggies behind fruits and berries! Kids love em and it keeps them hydrated and feels great in this heat.

  • Milk also makes you rest better warm or,cold. 

  • I think fresh fruits or yogurt would be good snacks to give your daughter so that it would not ruin her apatite for lunch. 

  • Any fruit, or finger food veggies, won't fill u up, but will be just enuff to hold back hunger till lunchtime,  a high protein, granola filled lunch will give them enough energy and strength to make it to dinner time

  • Maybe some fruits or a fruit smoothie

  • Fruits are a great and easy option and pairing them or some cracks with a nut butter would incorporate an extra kick of protein into your child's diet. 

  • Cut up fruit and cheese is good. Keep a container full of honeydew, cantaloupe, grapes in the fridge

  • I  found that the children I've watched always loved chips and I don't really find that parents want their children eating chips every time they are hungry. Ive found a great snack is frozen grapes and bananas. The frozen grapes feel like an all natural bite-sized sorbet where the banana is more like an ice cream . you can try and freeze both mush up the banana once out of the freezer and cut up the frozen grapes and sprinkle them on top. Its a nice healthy and refreshing snack that imitates every child's favorite desert. P.S. do not freeze the banana for too long just about 1-2 hours should be good, the grapes should take about the same amount of time if not a bit longer. 

  • Cut up fruit and cheese- Yum!

  • Four pieces of crackers and 2 oz of juice

  • I would suggest peanut butter on celery! The best! 

  • I think a good morning snack would be something that gives you an energy boost! Apples and nuts are a great source of nutritious energy for a child.

  • I think bananas are a great morning snack. If those aren't an option, go for another fruit! My favorites are bananas, half an apple or cuties in the morning.

  • Fruits and crackers are a great choice! They are healthy and are not too filling that they will not want to eat lunch. I recommend cutting it into small pieces for maximum munchiness.

  • Fruit! Apple and peanut butter. If they are allergic try cookie butter (not as healthy but delicious from trader joes!)

  • A few grapes is typically my mid day snack

  • I think the best of both worlds with regard to a snack, would be an apple with peanut butter or apple butter.  The apple would ensure that they would have an appetite once it has digested and the peanut or apple butter would give them enough protein to keep them satiated until just around their lunch time. 

  • there are a lot of healthy and nutritional recipes for granola bars that come in a lot of variety so you could avoid all allergy and diet restrictions if you find a recipe for it, it wouldn't be that hard to find a good recipe since there are literally millions on the internet

  • I would suggest either toast with peanut butter or oatmeal with bananas or other fruit choice. (:

  • Typically something which is a mix of protein and a little sugar works well.  The protein helps you to feel more full while also smoothing out the body's processing of the sugar.  Examples could include raisins and nuts, yogurt, a spoon of peanut butter and some grapes, etc.  You can limit the snack to about 100 calories.  This works especially well if the child learns about how many calories per day they are allowed to eat and can help plan their snacks and other food with this in mind.

  • Something with fruit maybe cottage cheese, so they get a bit of protein

  • Some type of protein, such as peanut butter spread on small crackers, cheese and crackers, small pepperoni rounds, again - anything with protein. Protein will give your child energy, will satisfy their hunger and if the snack is small enough, should not interfere with their lunch.

  • Here's a great and easy way to think about meals throughout the day:

    1) Start with carbs in the morning (the sugary stuff!) like fruits and cereals. This boosts the metabolism and ensures energy to start the morning right. (Tip: there's no such thing as bad sugar and fats, just bad amounts and timing!)

    2) Midway lunch or brunch can include a balance of carbs and proteins. How 'bout a deli meat sandwich, yogurt, and veggies and dip? (Tip: here's where you should watch the sodium content of some foods. You don't want anything slowing down that star soccer player during recess!)

    3) Nearing the end of the day, your active kid needs some time to rest and repair those muscles, including the thinking noodle! Here's where you load up on proteins-maybe some all-natural chicken, peanuts, or peanut butter? 

    4) A nighttime bowl of ice cream or movie night chips and popcorn are a-okay every once in a while! Just remember to not make excessive junk food and processed (which is another word for pre-digested) food a habit. Keep those kids active and smart! 

    5) Throughout the day, make sure your kids have sufficient amounts of water. Did you know water helps you wake up, think better, and carries nutrients throughout the body? 

    Hope these help you think of your meals and snacks throughout the day, including the mid-morning craving! 

  • Apples and peanut butter. They contain a good balance of protein and carbs, and will satisfy the kids without stuffing them. Also, nuts and whole grain crackers are a fave of mine.

  • I would give them fruits, veggies and or a little snack bag of cereal like chex!

  • A piece of fresh fruit, raisins, celery with peanut butter or yogurt  are delicious  treats.

  • Something healthy that is not overly filling! As a nanny, I usually give the kids 2 options so that their mind doesn't wander to any possibility, meanwhile gives them the ability to feel like significant by being able to choose. Ex: Option 1: banana Option 2: apple/ apple sauce, you choose.  Option 1: cup of trail mix (a few m&m's in the mix wont hurt :)  Option 2: granola bar, you choose. 

    Hope this helps!

  • Granola bar

  • I find dry cereal is good, or maybe some string cheese. Or sometimes the nutella to go snack things from the store are good.

  • I would offer Soy Butter (Wow! Butter) with crackers, or cheese and crackers, carrots and ranch dressing, soy butter and 1/2 of a banana or apple,  Since soy is a vegetable, it is healthier than regular peanut butter.  Wheat thins are a great dipping cracker to go with it. 

  • My daughter eats grapes and airy cereal with no milk.

  • I find the best snacks for kids are yogurt, peanut butter crackers, fruit, or goldfish. My siblings used to love gold fish dipped in peanut butter, and they were always hungry for lunch if they ate their snack at 10 AM.

  • If you are concerned about sugar intake low sugar snacks are a great option. The more sugar they have at the start of the day the more their bodies will crave sugar later on in the day. Any kind of protein or bread based snack will fill them up for longer periods of time because it takes longer for a body to digest anything with a high bread, High starch, high protein or high fiber content. If you do not want them to be overly full for lunch avoid these kinds of snacks. Yogurt, eggs, nuts, cheese, deli meat, toast, crackers, pretzels, cookies, muffins or anything closely related to them will fill up your child for long amounts of time. Sticking with a garden based snacks like fruits and veggies will not fill your kid up for a long period of time but, help provide them with a little extra to hold them over. Their are fun ways to give fruits and veggies too. You can make a smoothie then poor the remainder into fun freezable containers. They think they are being spoiled and you get to be happy that your child just ate a vitamin power house without protest. Their are also lots of great veggie and fruit based products at the store which are often over looked but, create a wonderful way to make eating healthy snacks fun when you are running short on time. I hope that information helps you find a good middle between lunch and morning snacks. 

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  • you can try cheese and cracker, apples with peanut butter on them, half of a banana.

  • I'd stay away from any sugars-- fruit can make the wee one a bit hyper and it could ruin his appetite for lunch. Something with protein would be good if you must serve any type of carb. For example, crackers with cheese/cheese sticks. If your little one does not have a peanut allergy, the tried & true "ants on a log" Pop a few raisins on top for fun !

  • Fruit for sure. Yogurt and cheese. Hummas cut up vegetables.

  • I would feed my children fruit and some cheese and crackers in the mid-morning. Now they also eat yogurt with granola or fruit in it.

  • We love fruit and yogurt. They would have goldfish everyday if I let them...

  • fun snack to let kids make themselves are celery boats made with a pretzel stick in the middle of celery then covered with peanut butter. Also called ants on a log if you add raisins. I always set out the ingredients in little bowls and let the kids make theirs ( they seem to actually eat their food if they put the time in to make it)

  • I will try some fruits like berries, apples and watermelon, also veggies like celery sticks with a little of peanut butter, baby carrots (ranch dip optional), cucumber slices and  rice crackers with cheese or a small portion of yogurt. By giving healthy choices you wont feel that terrible if they don't eat much for dinner but I would keep the snacks in small portions to prevent your kids from skipping dinner.

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  • For lunch i always make sure that my children have atleast 2oz of a protien. Atleast a slice of bread for their grain a half cup of fruit and a half cup of veggies so for a mid morning snack I like to switch it up depending on what's for lunch so one day they will get maybe a cheese stick which is protien. The next day atleast a half cup of grapes or rasins or an apple. Or orange then the day after that will be some sort of veggie and then follow by a grain that way it stays with in. Food pyrimid and to make sure they are not getting to much sugar in their diet

  • Fruits, cheese, cottage cheese, assorted nuts, smoothie, raisins

  • As a full-time Nanny, I choose nutritionally dense foods that compliment the child's growth and developmental needs. None of us were designed to eat the same all the time. Our bodies require a variety of high quality enjoyable healthy food every day. This takes time and preparation. Unfortunately, we often reach for the packaged snack rather than preparing ahead.

    It's best to plan ahead. I research recipes that contain organic raw ingredients and make up a shopping list accordingly. There is a perpetual motion to feeding children what their bodies need and it's never convenient. The new norm for our kitchens needs to be lots of raw, healthy ingredients and a return to good old-fashioned meal preparation and cooking.

    In addition to meals and snacks, I juice vegetables and blend them with avocado or another good fatty acid, like flax oil. 95% of Americans do not eat the nutrients that their bodies need. Juicing raw vegetables is a bonus that will compliment the lives of those we are entrusted with.

    It's amazing how vibrant and responsive children are when you follow this healthy protocol. I've been at it for over thirty five years.

    All the best!

    P.S Don't forget to get off gadgets and get some sunshine :) A picnic always makes eating fun.

  • Carrots, celery, and cucumbers were favorites for my children -- especially cucumbers.

  • fruit, yogurt, water, animal crackers, 

  • Apple slices. Peel and slice into small thin slices. Apples give children energy to make it till lunch. If your child likes peeling leave on.

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  • Try some granola or Jello. Something light to keep them busy more than fill them up before lunch.

    • i make Home made trail mix, raisins. Nuts. Oats. Coconut, Figs, cheerios, puffins cereal Is Organic and very healthy. I may sprinkle a dash of cinnamon sugar +touch of salt to help it last Longer. I save my oatmeal containers. to store it. I let kids decorate the box. Or I Make a easy quiche with Bits. Of Veggies and eggs, turkey ham., tomatoe I Even Use kale, spinach.broccoli ..so kids Cant Even notice they’re eating Veggies. i bake it just like a pizza. I sprinkle cheese on it. I Have Done Nutrition . the Doctor said “its Best To use WHOLE foods, things Allredy Premixed have To much sugar.salt. chemical , are bad. If you need recipes. Email me , Also. We Play chef” i dress kids With apron and they Help create healthy meals. They Feel proud. That They Actually cooked a meal. They are more likely to eat whatever they- Choose, . It makes them feel important. The Best way To get Any child To try new ideas, Is To listen To their feelings, I boost kids self esteem. I Believe in montessouri school. teaching kids to Learn by doing, HAPPY holidays

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  • I have found that yogurt, cheese sticks and fruits are always a hit. My boys will often choose these things over cookies and other sweet treats.

    Crystal

  • I usually give an apple, orange or popcorn.  

  • A few small slices of cheese, some banana slices or any kind of fruit slices or grapes. And maybe a few crackers.

  • Fruit and a carbohydrate like oatmeal, whole grain toast, granola ext. Fruit will give them instant energy without a sugar rush. Carbohydrates take longer to digest so the energy will sustain them until lunch without spoiling their appetite. 

  • Mine LOVED bumps on a log: celery sticks coated with peanut butter with raisins on top.

    They also loved apples dipped in peanut butter, carrots and celery sticks, and little blocks of cheddar cheese on pretzel sticks.

  • Some Fresh fruits or even the Dole Fruit cups would be a great choice. Some kids even like the gogurts from danimals or the squeeze pouches filled with different types of fruits. There also applesauce and some light crackers.Nothing too sweet because it would have the child wanting to eat more snacks than actual food.

  • Fruits and yogurt are great for mid morning. Especially banana's and oranges.

  • Do small stuff like cheese and crackers, or split apples or oranges between them and give them a few gummy bears. Give them enough so they don't get to full but enough to cut the hunger.

  • If they are hungry, just give them an early lunch and save the snack for when it will not interfere with meals.

  • Make sure you are giving them kid portions and not adult portions. 

  • Yogurt, Apples and cheese, Cubed ham and turkey with cheese

  • My opinion for the snacks are string cheese and slice some apple Oranges and bannas mabe some goldfish but just like half of a handful

  • Fruit, crackers, yogurt, pudding, string cheese

  • -Go-gurt

    -Fresh fruit

    -cheese cubes

    -water, milk, or juice, sometimes kids are just thirsty and forget to drink while playing ;)

  • Sliced apples, one pack of organic fruit snacks, or a small granola bar should keep them happy and not ruin their lunch :) A cheese stick or pack of crackers with cheese should do nicely as well, in terms of convenience and health.

  • Apples and peanut butter are a great route! If your children don't have a taste for it, berries, cheese sticks, or baby carrots are great as well. 

  • My niece loves Vanilla yogurt and it never ruins her appetite! 

  • You can't go wrong with fruits or veggies. The girls I care for love frozen peas! Also cheese and crackers and trail mix are a big hit, as well as plain yogurt with a little nutella mixed in.

  • We love fruit. 

  • I agree completely that it is a good time to introduce different types of fruits and vegetables. The kids I nanny the mother always gives them different types of fruits like kiwi, strawberries, bananas, grapes, oranges, pineapple and also different types of vegetables. They are two years old and have tried about every fruit and vegetable, which I think is awesome! The more fruits and vegetables kids try, the more they eat healthier. 

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  • I agree with what the breakfast is and how long it lasts. The other thing is ages. Younger children do well with six small meals that we call meals and snacks but in kid size portions so they have fuel and are not "starving" and leading into overeating. I also moved up lunch til to 11AM for some time and it was perfect. They were not (oh, sooo pleasant!) tired, not overly hungry and it gave nice quiet time activities before rest. A few goldfish or pretzels was good for am snack as meals and afternoon snack had more to them b/c of timing. It was kind of trying thing out all around. If the days food was balanced it worked! 

  • When I was younger I always enjoyed having a piece of toast in the mornings, my mom would toast a piece of bread and spread a thin layer of cream cheese on it and slice up some strawberries to put on top. You can also use other fruits and even use peanut butter instead of cream cheese. This was one of my favorite morning snacks and I still looked forward to lunch after eating it!

  • fruit cheese crackers and maybe bread but if they are really hungry i dont see the problem with having lunch early but thats just me

  • I found it easy to solve mid morning hunger by placing low carb low sugar snacks in containers or a special cabinet. Kids if awarded, could grab a handful of trail mix or healthy cereal maybe even 100% real juice fruit snacks. They were delighted to have there very own treasure place of snacks. It caused them to focus more on the fun colored containers or decorated snack spot then over snacking.

  • I think the key is not what you give them, but how much.  Typically, fresh fruit and/or crackers are a good go to.  Just limit the portion that you give them, about half of an adult-size portion for a single serving.  Also, don't give them a snack too close to lunchtime.  If you follow these guidelines, you should eliminate the problem.  Best wishes!

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  • I work at a preschool and could suggest endless options.  Please contact if you need more. Cut veggie and humus or guacamole.  Ants on a log- Celery with peanut/sunflower butter and dried/fresh fruit walking on it. Homemade muffins (full size or mini) made with veggie purees and fruit - pumpkin apple or zucchini banana. Apples and bananas with peanut butter to dip in. Vanilla yogurt with homemade granola.  

  • I usually give my little girl apple slices or cheese and that satisfies her until lunch.

  • Protein & fruits would be best in the morning :)

    This will provide lasting energy.

  • I would give some fruit like apple slices or a few goldfish crackers or maybe even some Cheerios or a yogurt.

  • It's not uncommon for kids to want a snack between breakfast and lunch! Something light, like a small box of raisins, half of a banana, orange, apple, etc., a cheese stick, a handful of blueberries or strawberries are all good options that won't make them overly full. If these foods are still making them not super hungry by lunch time, try pushing lunch forward a half an hour so they have a little more time to get hungry!

  • I would say a fruit salad. Its healthy and good for you. I have tried on other kids i used to babysit for and everytime i see them, they ask me to make them a fruit salad. Its great

  • I like giving my grandson some watermelon or crackers, in between meals. Or any kind of fruit they enjoy.

  • snak best in the mornings is always having them chopped fruit and fruit juices refreshes and prepares its pre digestion one to two hours before lunch and keeps them healthy and Costante appetite for different meals in the day. I am of the idea that both children and adults should create a good eating habit is to distribute meals in four to five meals in small portions to maintain good digestion the stomach and digest meals in a more healthy way for the body.

  • snak best in the mornings is always having them chopped fruit and fruit juices refreshes and prepares its pre digestion one to two hours before lunch and keeps them healthy and Costante appetite for different meals in the day. I am of the idea that both children and adults should create a good eating habit, is to distribute meals in four to five meals in small portions to maintain good digestion the stomach and digest meals in a more healthy way for the body.

  • You really can't go wrong with fruit and some small amount of protein to go with it such as a peanut/almond butter.  As a snack I always love to eat a pickle wrapped in a piece of sliced ham with cream cheese spread of the ham.  or you could try cutting bananas into 2 inch sections and rolling them into yogurt, topping them with nuts and freezing them.  Kids love to make these themselves and you could use them for breakfast, snacks, or even desert because they taste so good and you could put anything you want on them!

  • Apples and cheese are a great choice. The apples have plenty of fiber so it'll make your girls feel full, but won't ruin their appetite. Also, the cheese is a great source of calcium for those growing bones!

  • Some toast and fruit.

  • Apples and peanut butter or sunflower butter Yum!

  • Well, I have scanned through all of the above answers and have not much new to offer. A mid-morning snack should be something healthy of course. Said snack also depends on what the child had for breakfast as well as the age of the child - nutritional requirements do need to be met over the course of the entire day. If you have a picky eater or a child on the autistic scale with sensitivity/texture issues, you may have to find something that offers crunch or is completely smooth. Further, snacks need to compensate for the activities of the morning and current growth rate of the child. I think that the fresh fruit/whole grain/organic dairy combo is an excelent choice. And then I would balance that with a late afternoon snack of a raw veggie/hummus/nuts type of snack. Portion control is key, along with plenty of water.

  • Cut up fruit, yogurt, water and some cheerios, unsweetened.

  • Some raisins, cheerios, yogurt and sliced apples, halved grapes, and any cut up fruits.

  • Cut up fruits, yogurt and cheerios are fine.

  • Apples and carrots with humus!

  • I think fruit or yogurt 

  • As with anything, the ages of your girls are a factor in what and how much you give them for any snack or meal. The rule of thumb is a TBSP. for every year of age, portion size is important. I would recommend fruit with greek yogurt as a dip: hummus and pretzels; cold veges and dip,be creative depending on their tastes. Try guacamole! You never know what they will like until you try it.

  • Nuts are your best option if they can have them. That with raisins. They helps with hunger and are nutritious.

  • Boiled eggs, fruit, hummus and crackers or veggies like carrot sticks, popcorn, cereal bars like nutrigrain, cereal, toast with peanut butter...

  • Something healthy that is not overly filling! As a nanny, I usually give the kids 2 options so that their mind doesn't wander to any possibility, meanwhile gives them the ability to feel significant by being able to choose. Ex: Option 1: banana Option 2: apple/ apple sauce, you choose.Ex2-  Option 1: cup of trail mix (a few m&m's in the mix wont hurt :)  Option 2: granola bar, you choose. 

    Hope this helps!

  • -apple slices

    -rice crackers w/peanut butter

    -plain yogurt with berries

    -cheese and crackers

    -string cheese

    -cottage cheese cups (yes like pudding cups but with cottage cheese)

    -banana slices with peanut butter and one m&m on top

  • A smoothie is a great option. And also a good way to sneak in some extra veggies. My go-to is usually fruit, but sometimes I feel like my son eats A LOT of fruit because I know he loves it and will eat it. I like using smoothies as a way to fill nutrient gaps. 

  • No snacks. They will eat a good lunch. They will learn to eat a good breakfast also. They won't starve.

  • I would suggest fresh veggies with ranch dressing or raisins with apples. These are both good snacks for before lunch.

  • Goldfish, fruits, crackers, yogurt, 

  • Some of my personal favorites. Fresh fruit that is appropriate for the child's age. For example do not give grapes to a toddler. Yogurt is a good one too. Depending on how much time before lunch a 4 oz to 6 oz smoothie and a few crackers. Cheese and crackers. My kids also loved peanut butter or almond butter and pretzel sticks,  this one should be used for older kids that can eat well to avoid a shocking hazard.

  • Maybe some light fruit, crackers, chips, or cookies, but make sure its not somthing there alergic to.

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