Ideas for easy healthy snack recipes for kids
Getting your kids to eat right starts with a good breakfast. However, many parents may be hard-pressed to prepare a traditional breakfast for their children.
For parents who want their children to eat healthy even if they only have a short time to prepare a meal are snacks that are healthy without the excess sugar or fast carbohydrates that can add unnecessary weight. What follows are healthy snacks for kids that also make for a great way to augment their morning meal.
Fresh Fruit or Vegetables
Sometimes the simplest solution is the best. All you need is a place to store fruits and vegetables so they will last. Making a fresh fruit snack includes the following;
- Cubed Melons
Or, you can use fresh vegetables as well.
- Carrot sticks
- Sliced Zucchini
- Thawed Corn or Peas
- Cherry Tomato halves
Serve separately or mix into a bowl, it’s your choice.
Perhaps the most available and inexpensive of all kids’ snacks, granola bars are healthy for kids and adults alike. Made without eggs, but with plenty of nuts they provide plenty of energy without excess sugars. Plus, the complex carbohydrates burn slowly to provide energy all day long. This means that they do not turn into fat like the simple or fast carbs.
You can pack granola bars in their lunchbox or provide them as an afternoon treat when they get home. Either way, if you are in doubt about what type of snack is right for your kids, start with granola bars.
Blueberry Banana Muffins
You can find these at your local health food or grocery store. Or, you can make them in advance because they will stay good for days. The blueberries and bananas provide plenty of vitamins and energy for your kids while being low in sugar. You can top them with cream cheese, nut butter, or honey for added taste without adding too much in terms of calories.
In fact, this type of muffin is not only good fresh from the oven but may even be better a day or two later. So, take some time to prepare them in advance or simply purchase them from a reputable health store.
You can make these yourself as the recipe is fairly simple. You will need the following ingredients;
- Apples (4)
- Light Greek-style Yogurt (1/2 cup)
- Macro Organic Fruit Shredded Coconut (2 tsp)
- Ground Cinnamon (1 tsp)
- Sunflower Seeds (1 tsp)
- Rolled Oats (1 tsp)
- Sultanas (16)
- Carrot (grated)
- Diced Strawberries (8)
- Pumpkin Seeds (1 tbs)
Remove the cores and slice up the apples. Spread yogurt over each slice. Then, scatter the cinnamon, coconut, and rolled oats over the yogurt and they are ready.
You can make carrot cake apple doughnuts by using carrots, pumpkin seeds, and sultanas over the yogurt. Also, you can make strawberry jam apple doughnuts by placing the diced strawberries and adding the sunflower seeds.
Fruit Bars w/No Sugar Added
If you are in a hurry and cannot make breakfast or snacks for your kids, fruit bars that have no added sugar is a great substitute. They are inexpensive, easy to store, and provide an excellent snack for your kids when on the go. Plus, for kids that have allergies, there are no nuts inside this type of fruit bar.
Another simple snack is creating sandwiches and then slicing them up into small cubes. Use whole wheat bread and create sandwiches from lunch meat. Or for a healthy snack you can use nut butter, cream cheese, apple butter, or standard cheeses. You can use your imagination to create these sandwich cubes which also makes for a great afternoon snack after they come home from school.
Crackers & Hummus
Start with whole grain crackers as they provide the energy without the simple carbs that may add unnecessary weight. Once you have the crackers, you simply purchase the hummus and combine them for a great snack. You can choose the flavor of the hummus but be mindful of products that contain extra sugars and simple carbs.
Cheesy Popcorn with Vegetables
- Popcorn (2/3rd cup)
- Carrot (diced & trimmed)
- Apples (2)
- Pepita & Sunflower Kernel Mix (2 tbs)
- Medium Lebanese Cucumber (diced)
- Grated Tasty Cheese (2/3rd cup)
Put the popcorn in a large paper bag and seal it tight by folding it three or four times. Microwave until it is popped. Put popcorn into a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Mix them up thoroughly and serve.
This type of pizza is quite nutritious, so you will have no trouble serving them in your home. All you need is some whole wheat pita pockets, rub them with olive oil, cover with baby spinach that has been chopped. Then add swiss and mozzarella cheese that has been shredded. You can top with a little garlic salt and microwave until you see bubbles form in the cheese.
You may find yourself serving this treat often as kids love pizza. But remember that this is good for them and has them eating spinach which may otherwise be difficult to do.
You can purchase this excellent snack or make it on your own. All you need is the following;
- Bananas (4)
- Cinnamon (1 tsp)
- Orange Juice (1/8th cup)
Mix all ingredients in a blender until they are smooth. The pour the mixture evenly onto two tray liners sitting atop dehydrating sheets. Let it set overnight to fully dehydrate and then place on plastic wrap. Roll them up tightly and cut into short pieces. If you put them in an airtight container, they will last for a long time.
These are just a few healthy snacks for kids that you can purchase or make in your own home. A little effort can produce great results if you introduce your children to healthy foods at an early age.