Making tasty, healthy, fun snacks for kids not only has many great health benefits for boosting your kids' brain and body, such snacks will also indirectly teach them that healthy foods can actually taste really, really good.
Your kids will learn that 'healthy' doesn't necessarily mean 'boring', and that 'sweet' doesn't equal 'sugar'. Breaking such associations from an early age just makes it so much easier to prepare a broad and varied diet for your kids.
Unfortunately snacking has a really bad reputation. It is very often associated with sugary, salty or fatty treats that are not only unhealthy in so many ways, but when it comes to kids, also tend to steal their appetite from the main meals.
However, when done right and healthily, snacking is actually recommended by many health authorities. E.g. The Center for Science in the Public Interest believes parents should view their children's after-school snack as their "fourth meal".
But what kinds of healthy snacks for kids should you make then, and how do you go about making them?
Well, on this page I'll present you with a few ideas that I hope may be of inspiration.
Bon appétit 😊
Below you'll find a list of
fun snacks for kids that are not only easy
to prepare, but also fun to do - especially if you can get your kids
to play along, too.
These fun snacks for kids are easy for your little one to make, and are guaranteed to raise a giggle or two.
As you can see here, I've just used what was available in my house at the time: cucumber, bell pepper, carrots, raisins, almonds, cream cheese and whole-grain crackers.
You can use whatever you have on stock, too. 😊
These stuffed apples are great as an afternoon snack for kids. They are sweet, yet with no added sugar.
Here is the ingredients list:
Apples (obviously), plain yoghurt, honey (I prefer plain yoghurt, because then I can add natural sweetness myself in terms of honey and dried fruit), raisins, dates, walnuts, oatmeal, and shredded coconut.
Tip: Because apples can be hard on little teeth, you may try microwaving the apples for ten seconds before stuffing to encourage them to soften a little.
Here is another example of sweet, fun snacks for kids.
These small nutritious snack balls really stand to win a prize for being the easiest and quickest after-school snacks to do.
And there we have it! 😊
Okay, this kids snack may perhaps compete with the one above when it comes to being easy to prepare. Just for fun, I timed it and it took me less than 3 minutes to do. How about that?
That's it. Enjoy!
For this fun snack for kids you need a juicer.
My son and his friends are just crazy about these lollies. The first thing his friends actually do when they come here is to go in my freezer looking for lollies. 😉
Yes, we already know how well banana and peanut butter go together, so why not make a banana peanut butter party out of it?
All you need is a banana (not too ripe, as it will be too difficult to work with), peanut butter and some shredded coconut.
Mangos are some of my son's favorite fruits. They are sweet and have a lovely consistency - there's a good chew to the meat.
Here is a quick recipe that he can do by himself when he comes home from school.
All you need is mango and plain yogurt (if you want to avoid sugar or sweeteners).
No matter how much thought and effort you put into healthy fun snacks for kids, all your good work will be undone or at least not as healthily consistent, if you don't ensure that their main meals are relatively healthy too.
Below you'll find a couple of snack recipes that are ideal for a
main meal too.
Most kids love chicken nuggets and fries, and you have to admit that while this may not be the most nutritious meal for little ones - it is certainly the easiest.
However, if parents knew what the average chicken nugget contained, it wouldn't even make it onto the menu. As well as containing around 18-grams of fat, the average nugget contains 478-milligrams of sodium.
Therefore, if you have spent time and effort on making nutritious kids snacks, it will all be in vain if your kids are having nuggets and fries for their evening meal.
Chicken nuggets are made from formed chicken, which is a product made to look and taste like chicken. So if you are going to give your kids something that tastes like chicken, you may as well give them chicken.
While the chips are in the oven and the chicken is being fried, now is the time to prepare the avocado dip or guacamole.
There are many ways to do it, and I never do it the same way, but here I used two avocados, half an onion, a clove of garlic, a bit of lemon juice and some plain yoghurt to mix it up.
And here is the end result:
These fun snacks for kids are also great for quick light meal.
All you need is: pita bread (I always use whole grain), a few potatoes, sour cream, salt, thyme and a bit of shredded cheese.
Keeping your kitchen cupboards and refrigerator packed is the key to success when it comes to being ready to magically create fun snacks for kids when needed.
Because fruit is packed with essential nutrients, it's a good idea to ensure that there is plenty of fruit on offer. I usually keep organic apples, bananas, blueberries and grapes on hand at most times, so my kid can help himself when he feels like it.
Nuts, pita and whole-wheat crackers also have a long shelf life and make ideal kids snacks.
If you keep a selection of lean meats, cheese and eggs in your refrigerator too, you will always have something to make great fun snacks for your kids.
When it comes to making healthy eating for kids interesting, try
asking your children to combine different things to come up with
something a little different.
If your kids are like most kids, they will be drawn like bees around honey to sugary drinks. But fortunately drinks don't have to contain refined sugar to be sweet.
Milk is ideal with healthy kids snacks, as it is high in protein, vitamin D and calcium.
And add fruit pieces, just a little, to make your own version of a
milk cocktail your kids will love.
I hope you enjoyed and found some inspiration in some of the healthy recipes for kids above. If you desire more recipes for fun snacks for kids, please dive into one of my other pages below.
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