It’s Sunday and in my house that means catching up on housework and helping my son with his homework. My son likes to work on his in the breakfast room while I work in the kitchen. It works out great because he can work alone without being alone since we can see each other. It also gives me a chance to work on a special snack for him. Here’s what I made today.
Tortilla chips, celery and carrot sticks, homemade humus, Monterey jack cheese, toasted sprouted grain bread, and a mixture or raisins and dried figs. We all eat with our eyes and children are no different so I try to make his snack look special. He is always excited when I bring it over, he enjoys seeing many different small bowls filled with food. I like to include a wide variety; I always include a dip and at least one vegetable. This is also the perfect opportunity to introduce a new food for him to try, if he doesn’t like it he has many other things to eat that I know he does like. It’s important to keep the portions small; children have small stomachs and can get overwhelmed when they are presented with large portions. It’s better for them to ask for more food than to give them too much.
I always use the best ingredients I can find and purchase organic foods when possible. Children are still growing so it’s important to fill their body with the best foods available; hydrogenated fats have no place in their diet.
Snack time is a special time for a child, I find that my son will usually share a story with me or tell me about a problem he is having over a snack. Snack time is an opportunity to nourish your child’s body and mind. Nothing is better after doing homework than a delicious snack.
This post was originally written for the mySA blog