Not many parents are keen on their children snacking after dinner but the reality is that kids often ask for something to nibble on at bedtime. While it is common to assume your kids are finding an excuse to stay up longer, they have high-energy needs and may really need some extra calories to sustain them overnight. Here are some options that could become a part of your kid’s sleep time routine just like bedtime stories.
Whole grain crackers
Whole grains provide fiber and vitamins which are good for your kid. Fibre helps control blood sugar level and lowers cholesterol. To make the crackers even more fun for the little ones, add some string cheese between two crackers.
Peanut butter sandwich
This is a quick and healthy classic snack that balances fiber and protein in peanut butter. It is a light meal but just enough to fill up their little bellies. To control portions, cut up sandwiches into smaller slices.
Fruits pack lots of vitamins for the little ones. With the added benefits of their colourful appearance, a small portion of a fruit salad will be a good idea. If you are feeling adventurous, try some natural yoghurt with the fruits. Who knows, and they might love it.
Aside packing healthy levels of fibre, oatmeal also helps prevent constipation. Cooking oatmeal with milk is perfect for a nighttime snack because milk contains sleep stimulants. Make sure to keep it light and watch your portion size.
Hard boiled egg and toast
Protein is always a good idea for growing kids. With a few slices of browned toast, this snack packs a healthy balance of fibre and proteins for your kids. It is also likely to work up your kid’s thirst so a cold beverage or a cup of juice will be perfect to go with this snack.
To help minimize the effect of bedtime snack on main mealtimes, make sure to serve snacks at least 45 minutes before bedtime to allow your kids’ bellies to settle. This way you won’t be interfering with their appetites at breakfast. If you’re not already reading bedtime stories to your kids, you could add it to your bedtime snack routine. It a great way to incite sleep and make a connection with the little ones while they enjoy their snacks. With 1000 points on your koala rewards card, you can earn a book from our new partners, Lulu Books, creators of the Lulu Children’s Book Series.
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