Preschool Child



Characteristics of the Preschooler

Feeding The Preschooler

Some Great Snack Ideas



Feed the preschooler a variety of foods using the Food Guide Pyramid as a map. Serving sizes continue to be small. Appetites continue to be variable: very hungry one day and hardly want to see food the next; this is perfectly normal. Look at his food consumption over the period of a week - it tends to even out. As with toddler feeding, be sure to continue to observe a clear "Division of Responsibility in Feeding Children".

Preschoolers continue to need snacks to get all their energy and nutrient requirements. This is a great time to get in the habit of using healthy foods as snacks and keeping the junk foods to a minimum. Don't buy foods of questionable nutritional value. Then they won't be in the house to tempt the preschooler or parent. The healthiest snacks contain foods from 2 of the 5 food groups. Meals and snacks should be planned in advance. The whole family will eat healthier! You can plan the snack and still give a toddler some choice in the matter - offer a choice of two fruits, or two different kinds of whole grain crackers.

Here Are Some Great Snack Ideas!

Breadsticks and cheese dip
Dried fruit and nuts*
Hard boiled egg and crackers
Rice pudding
Peanut butter and whole grain crackers
Fresh fruit and yogurt dip
Mini-bagels with cheese spread
Low-sugar cereal and milk
Sherbet and vanilla wafers
Sliced, or cut up fresh fruit
Vegetable soup
Tuna salad sandwich
Peanut butter and banana sandwich
Apple, raisin, celery salad
Fruit and Yogurt Shakes
Pumpkin Bread
Lentil soup
Turkey pita pocket
Cottage cheese and crackers
Oatmeal raisin cookies
Oatmeal raisin cookies
Apple slices and peanut butter
Cheese toast
Cinnamon applesauce toast
Raw veggies and yogurt dip
Popcorn* and milk
English muffin pizzas
Frozen yogurt and graham cracker
Cantaloupe and vanilla frozen yogurt
Whole-grain crackers and cheese
Mixed fruit salad
Egg salad sandwich
Bean Burrito
Carrot raisin salad
Carrot Cake
Ambrosia salad
Raisin bran muffin
Your own great Idea!
* May be a choking hazard