First, let me tell you something really interesting about healthy snacks for kids. You see, most adults will be of the opinion that snacking in between meals is a serious no-no.
However, according to recent research and nutritional experts, snacks are not only okay for children, they are actually pretty important: The right kinds of snacks may not only boost your child's mood and regulate their blood sugar level, but they are also excellent brain boosters in terms of significantly improving concentration skills and learning ability.
So yes, snacking is a good thing ... a really good thing actually ... as long as the snacks are made of healthy foods!
However, creating healthy nutritious snack foods from scratch at home may seem like a challenging task to you. Not to mention all the fancy ingredients that you imagine that you need to acquire.
But fret not. The healthy kids snack recipes that I'm about to share with you are extremely simple and easy, and most likely you probably have most of the ingredients in your house already.
On this page you'll get recipes for many, many simple-to-do homemade sugar free snacks as well as interesting science-based facts about snacks and healthy eating for kids.
If you're eager to roll up your sleeves and get going right away, just follow one of the appetizing healthy snacks for kids links below - if you're hungry for all the info, just read on:
The easiest healthy snacks for kids I have found are those the kids find interesting and fun.
You don't have to go overboard and make a full on salad every day, just a little thinking outside the box can make something out of the ordinary - something extraordinary!
And it can be really, really simple. Just take a look at the
snacks for kids recipe below:
This snack is soooo easy to do, kids love it, and it really doesn't get any healthier as it is pure fruit and nothing else.
And now you have several easy and healthy frozen snacks for whenever your kids feel like a sweet treat.
This simple healthy snacks for kids recipe is so delicious and filled with both healthy carbs, fat and protein all in one go: You've got the apple as carbs and almonds and peanut butter as both protein and fat.
Doing this is so easy:
... and voila.
When it comes to easy and simple snack recipes, they don't get more easy than these crunchy cold bananas.
A cool, healthy snack your kids will love!
This home-made, healthy snacks for kids recipe is an ideal substitute for fat-laden, sugar-filled alternatives such as ice cream and lollies that your kids may be asking for when the weather is warm.
This is probably the oldest trick in the book when it comes to getting your children to eat healthily, but they do say the oldies are the best, and I tend to agree.
Simply select a variety of raw fruits and vegetables and arrange them into the face of your choice, if your kids are old enough, ask them to do it themselves and see what they come up with.
I have found that eggs make excellent eyes, a piece of bell pepper makes a lovely mouth, celery is ideal for ears, and some peeled carrot do wonders for hair.
This may be one of the oldest healthy snacks for kids around but it really does work. If you want, you can swap around the fruit and vegetable combinations regularly to make the dish new and exciting, and encourage your kids to get creative making their own faces.
Sultanas, sliced pear, radish, cucumber, tomato, and celery are all excellent for this type of snack.
Obviously, the best part is the kids do all the hard work themselves. 😉
This example of kids snack recipes for banana pancakes were given to me by a dear friend of mine.
And the recipe is the easiest to remember ever! One egg for one banana ... and that's it.
When it comes to healthy snacks for kids it really doesn't get any easier than that.
Decide how large a portion you want to make: 4 bananas and 4 eggs make about 12 small to medium sized pancakes. (I do tend to put in a little bit more egg than banana to make the pancake stick together better, e.g. 4 bananas to 5 eggs.)
And now delicious sugar free banana pancakes that everybody in the family will love.
This ants on a log recipe is ideal for older kids, who can create their own snacks or at least know to go in the fridge to help themselves after school.
My kid loves it! If your toddler struggles to eat the celery (they can be a bit chewy) try making a watered down version:
Chop your celery into bite size pieces, a tiny bit of cheese and a raisin and you are good to go.
Or if your kid is not particularly into celery (it is an acquired taste, I'll admit) replace the celery stick with a carrot cut into two halves along the longest side.
Most certainly more nutritional value than a packet of chips or a plate of cookies.
Kebabs with vegetables and fruits are great snacks for toddlers.
For this recipe, I use the same plastic sticks I normally use for making ice lollies rather than real wooden kebab sticks.
Wooden kebab sticks are pointy and not a very safe choice with smaller children.
If you don't have ice lolly stick or find that those you have are not well-suited for the job, you may consider chop sticks.
Chop sticks are an excellent choice as well as they have rounded, non-sharp ends, too.
An easy healthy snack recipe for kids requires nothing more than dried sultanas and cranberries, almonds and walnuts thrown together in a sandwich bag.
This simple snack can be prepared literally minutes before you hit the road, making it ideal for parents who have little spare time.
It is amazing what you can do with a couple of slices of wholegrain bread, a lean piece of meat and a sharp knife, or even better, a cookie cutter.
Healthy snacks for kids should be creative and what is more creative than a sandwich shaped like a dinosaur, or a star. Or just another funny shape coupled with a funky pair eyes, like you see in the picture above.
Simply make the sandwiches as you normally would and then press the cookie cutter in to the sandwich to get the shape - or you can just use a sharp knife - that worked for me.
You can use sandwich bags to keep them fresh or better still, use a packed lunch box and add slices of apple and cucumber.
A quick, easy snack idea that will cover all the bases.
Don't forget!! Keep the drinks healthy too - replace sodas sugary drinks, even fruit juices, with plain water.
This one of healthy snack recipes for kids is super simple and also ideal for children who may be gluten intolerant and therefore looking for alternatives to bread.
These taste lovely, and my kid sometimes requests these for his school dinner meaning it is also a healthy lunch idea for kids, too.
Of course, you can mix up what you put inside the lettuce leaf, depending on your child's favorite foods and tastes.
This kind of easy snacks for kids is a really delicious treat and it is so easy to make that you wouldn't believe it.
These healthy snacks for kids are really, really lovely. My son loves them. You can bring them with you in a plastic bag for a small snack if you're going somewhere, or you can put them in a bowl on the sofa table for your kids to nibble on now and then.
Toddlers are, by their very nature, strong willed, stubborn and determined to be independent. This means, that even the best intentions when it comes to their diet can be thwarted.
How many of us can relate to giving in to a screaming toddler who isn't interested in the apple pieces but instead wants the cookies.
Top children's hospital, The Westmead, believes parents should listen to their toddlers when it comes to WHEN they are hungry and HOW MUCH they want to eat but when it comes to a nutritious diet, we really shouldn't let them dictate to us.
Fortunately, there are strategies you can try with your toddler that will not only help introduce new foods into their diet but it will also help them select the healthier options, too.
Appeal to not only a toddler's sense of fun but also their sense of growing independence by making creative snacks they can feed themselves.
All children like chips, sadly these are a prime example of empty calories as they are so laden in unhealthy fats (too much omega 6 to omega 3 ratio, for one thing), offer no nutrients whatsoever and eaten in large amounts will only lead to weight gain.
The sodium content is also high in chips, which is worrying for children - small children in particular.
Kale, a form of cabbage, is rich in nutrients and is commonly referred to by dieticians as a super food.
The result, beautiful kale chips your kids will love, especially the younger ones who will marvel at the green chips. This healthy snack also works with sweet potato, if you want to offer some variety.
Be sure that you cut the sweet potato in relatively even slices, so they go crisp at the same time.
And voila! Nice, hey?
In my family we particularly liked the sweet potatoes. They were just delicious 😊
Looking for some sugar free cookies to put in a jar that you can let your kids eat whenever they want to and still have a clear conscience? Then this idea might be right up your alley.
All you need are some eggs, bananas, oats, almonds and a bit vanilla powder, if you have some.
And now you'll have some really healthy sweet treats to eat at home, in the car or on the bus.
A simple yogurt and nutty fruit mix can add an appealing spark to a normally boring breakfast.
Below you'll see a healthy, colorful yoghurt (plain, no sugar) mix with chopped up almonds and blueberries.
I also added a bit of honey as a natural healthy sweetener.
Appeal to your kid's natural love of tacos by filling one with scrambled egg, chopped tomato, a bit of chorizo sausage and topping it with cheese.
Don't be too afraid of adding protein and fats for breakfast. Ever since I included eggs as a standard in both our breakfasts, we can last much longer without needing to eat again and our concentration and ability to focus for longer has really improved, and we both simply feel much fuller in a more comfortable way.
I'll admit they do look kind of 'fat' but they are really delicious and have lots of healthy proteins.
My son loves them and the tomatoes just give them that bit of freshness needed.
Not only is this a healthy breakfast, egg is one of the recognized "brain foods" - ideal for little people heading out to school.
While the scrambled eggs do take time to make, if your children are old enough encourage them to make their own, as I do with my own son.
According to the University of Illinois, most children are ready for a snack around 11.00 am.
This means, ideally you should aim to give your children lunch around 1pm.
Use the healthy snacks for kids recipes to ensure their mid-morning snacks contains some of their daily vegetable allowance and you will have a little more leeway when it comes to healthy lunch ideas.
A simple, medium-sized potato baked in the microwave or oven depending on your time allowance and top with sour cream and salsa. Yum!
You can choose to cut the potatoes in half before or after they go in the oven. The advantage of doing it after is that it will be easier for your kids to press down the spoon into the potato - the downside, well, it takes longer to bake in the oven.
This snack was surprisingly delicious. My son said they looked sort of okay, but tasted MUCH better than they looked.
We used a medium hot salsa which worked fine because of the sour cream to take to top of the spiciness.
This easy recipe calls for fresh, not tinned, apricot halves that
you can fill with either cottage cheese or cream cheese. If your
children are not cheese lovers, you can fill the apricots with soft
tofu or hummus. And to
make a full lunch of it, you can add an egg and a bit of bread on
When it comes to encouraging your kids to eat healthily, the best role models you will find are yourself.
And not only are children prone to mimicking what you eat, they also quickly sense if you are not honest about what you like yourself.
In other words, trying to make them eat something that your yourself wouldn't eat is often a lost cause. Their strong truth radar will pick it up and tell them, "Eeew, I don't want that. Why should I? Mommy doesn't even like it!" 😉
So the best thing to do is to make something that you yourself really enjoy eating.
Most people will be familiar with meatballs and while in ordinary circumstances it isn't the necessarily healthiest meal around - but there are ways around this.
Firstly, it is essential you use good quality minced meat and then you can add tiny pieces of chopped up or shredded vegetables (I like to use squash, carrots and onions.), a bit of oats and an egg to the minced meat.
Rather than frying off your meatballs, you can choose to bake them in a medium-heated oven for 20 minutes or until they have browned.
Cover with your desired tomato sauce (I also stuff the sauce with vegetables often the same ones as I put in the meat balls) and bake in an oven proof dish for an hour before serving with spaghetti.
This healthy dinner recipe is easy to make and is a firm favorite with my whole family.
With today's dire economic climate, more and more parents are working outside of the home. This means less time in the family home and, as a domino effect, less time to concentrate on issues such as healthy eating.
I mean, as long as your kids are not eating burger and fries every evening that's okay right? To a certain extent yes, I understand more than most how difficult it is to ensure your children, and the family as a whole eat healthy.
However, statistics referred to by the Kids Health website seem to reveal that it isn't the actual meals children eat that are the heart of the problem, but rather the snacks they eat in between that are a cause for concern.
So what can we as parents do, when a lot of the time we are busy trying to ensure the bills are paid and the family is kept happy and healthy. Easy healthy snacks for kids do not have to be time consuming, they most certainly do not require you to toil away in the kitchen for hours.
In fact, many of the recipes I have found about healthy snacks for kids and put together here can be prepared in advance - meaning older children can just help themselves.
If you believe that your child's diet has been less than impressive up to now, it is never too late to change. In fact, the older your child, the more able you are to convince them of the major health benefits of watching what you eat.
Older children can also be involved in choosing the types of foods they eat, you can even challenge them to find the healthiest easy snack recipes.
Most parents will turn to fast foods or convenience meals when time is stretched or finances are restricted but if you look at the healthy snacks for kids I have on my website, along with the advice I have researched and provided you can make permanent changes for the better.
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