In today’s world, promoting healthy dietary habits for children is more crucial than ever. As parents, we know that when our active kids need to recharge after a long day, they often reach for junk food: colorful and convenient, but lacking essential nutrition and contributing poor eating habits.
So, what’s the solution? Fear not! Crafting wholesome snacks for kids is both manageable and enjoyable, provided the right recipes are available. More vital for parents than their time and energy is the desire to ensure their children consume delicious and nutritious treats. Fibre, protein, and vitamins can be easily included in a jiffy, without any elaborate meal preparation of a celebrity chef.
We’ve compiled recipes for six healthy snacks that not only satiate their cravings but also leave them wanting more (they might even offer to help prep in the future!). In short, it’s high time we put an end to the reign of junk food in our kids’ diet. Let’s make snacking healthier and more enjoyable for our children!
6. Frozen Pineapple Ring Ice Pops by EatsAmazing
Fruits on sticks are one of the easiest (and yummiest) snacks! Any fruit you have available in your fridge or in the supermarket will do the trick.
You only need to figure out what you would like to add to your fruit skewers. If you have some two minutes to spare, you can follow Eats Amazing’s recipe and dip them in desiccated coconut, dark chocolate or coconut yogurt.
The key step in this recipe is to freeze the fruits beforehand. It will make them easier to slide onto the skewers or sticks without squashing them!
For a more colorful version, you can also try the rainbow fruit skewers, with each containing, respectively, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines segments, mango cubes, pineapples chunks, kiwi chunks, green grapes, red grapes and blueberries. The ultimate fruity healthy snacks for kids!
Read the wholeEatsAmazing recipe here.
5. Apple Fruit Donuts by Hello Wonderful
Looking for a fun and creative snack option for your little ones? Try making these adorable apple donuts! Hello Wonderful has a great recipe that’s sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.
Start by slicing your apple into donut-shaped rings. Then, add some drops of food coloring to the cream cheese and spread it onto the apple slices. The real fun begins when you add the toppings! You can get creative with raisins, crushed cashews or almonds, honey, shaved chocolate – the options are endless!
Your kids will love being able to decorate their own apple donuts, and you’ll love that it’s a healthy snack option that they’ll actually enjoy.
Read the original Hello Wonderful recipe here.
4. Strawberry Crispy Energy Balls by BrenDid
If your kids love the crunchy texture of granola bars and cookies, they’ll be drooling over this strawberry energy ball by BrenDid. This healthy and no-bake snack is made with whole rolled oats, crispy rice cereal, unsweetened shredded coconut, chia seeds, ground flax seeds, natural peanut butter, virgin coconut oil, honey and freeze-dried strawberries. Preparing the ingredients takes only 10 minutes, and the result is a delicious and guilt-free treat.
Source: Read the wholeBrenDid recipe here.
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3. Healthy Toasts by Super Healthy Kids
These delectable recipes will have your kids clamoring to join you for avocado toast brunch. What’s not to love about these versatile, easy-to-make snacks that will fill up their tummies? Super Healthy Kids has cooked up a variety of sweet and savory toast recipes many of which require only a few ingredients, so you can surprise your little ones with a new recipe every day!
Our three favorites are the Fresh tomatoes and mozzarella cheese toast (picture 1), the Hard boiled egg and avocado slices toast (picture 2), and the Cottage cheese, edamame and cherry tomatoes (picture 3).
The recipe titles are very convenient. They mention all the ingredients needed to make the toasts. Sweet!
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Read the Super Healthy Kids recipes here.
2. Frozen Yogurt Bark by Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking
On hot summer afternoons, every parent knows the joy of seeing their children cool down with a frozen treat. But why not make that treat a healthy one?
Gemma has crafted three frozen yogurt barks with a chef’s flair: raspberry and pistachio, chocolate banana and hazelnut, and even a peanut butter and jelly option. The best part? It’s a no-bake recipe that takes just minutes to prepare.
Customize the recipe with your favorite ingredients, with Greek yogurt as the star. Offer your kids a refreshing and nutritious snack that they will love!
Follow Gemma’s Bold Bigger Baking on her website.
1.) Curry Spiced Cashews by Minimalist Baker
If you’re looking for a snack that’ll have your kid’s taste buds going wild, consider Minimalist Baker’s curry-spiced cashews! Gluten-free and inspired by Indian and Thai cuisines, these savory and crunchy nuts may quickly become a new favorite.
Also, this recipe introduces your child to international flavors that are sure to expand their palate. With ingredients like olive oil, maple syrup, green curry paste, and spices like ginger, cumin, and turmeric, these cashews are truly a unique treat.
Want to switch things up? Try using the recipe on popcorn for movie night! Encouraging your kid to help in the kitchen will give them a sense of ownership and pride in their creation. Start converting them to healthy eating, one meal at a time, and make snacking exciting again!
Read the Minimalist Baker recipe here.
These recipes are so good that you will probably want to save some for yourself! Which one is actually your favorite? What healthy snacks for kids do you usually cook? Let us know in the comments and share the article with your friends to inspire them!