Before diving into some delicious healthy kids snack recipes, let's explore the concept of 'snack' a bit first. You see, I have noticed that subconsciously, snacks and I have a somewhat ambiguous relationship. Maybe you have too?
Have you noticed what kind of thoughts you associate with the word 'snack'?
In my mind, for some reason the word 'snack' seems to intuitively give rise to thoughts such as 'sweet', 'comfort', 'spoiling' perhaps even 'sin' in the sense of doing something tempting that I know isn't really good, right or healthy for me.
So in my world (and perhaps yours too?) snacks as a concept seem to be cursed with a pretty bad reputation, which is actually kind of a pity because snacks - the right kind of snacks that is (snacks low in unhealthy fats, sugar and salt) - are actually pretty important, especially for children.
So as it turns out there is really no logical reason to avoid giving our kids snacks as long as they are healthy and served when they are needed.
However, even though science says go for it, that doesn't necessarily mean that we feel, 'Wow, I've been longing to hear this. This is so wonderful, I'm gonna head straight into the kitchen and spend hours making nutritious kids snacks from scratch."
Making homemade healthy kids snacks can seem a bit overwhelming, which is why I've made these pages with easy, quick healthy kids snack recipes with no sugar on my site (you can find links to other snack pages of mine at bottom of this page).
I hope these snack recipes will inspire you and make
snacks seem easy and quick to do.
My goal with this this page on kids snack recipes is to provide you with ideas to make easy and simple snacks at home that are really quick to do, only contain a few ingredients and that are healthy, nutritious and contain no refined sugar.
Healthy snacks for kids don't have to be boring and this cheesy tomato recipe is as easy to make, as it is fun to eat.
All you need is a few cherry tomatoes, some cream cheese and some nuts, almonds or raisons.
These healthy kids snacks make ideal healthy after-school snacks as they contain healthy carbs, plus both a little bit of fat and protein.
Also they are easy enough to be prepared by older children.
This one of kids snack recipes is also really quick and easy to make. And chances are that you already have the needed ingredients in your fridge and cupboards.
All you need is some carrots, cream cheese and/or peanut butter and some nuts or raisons (basically the same ingredients as in recipe above except that we've switched out tomatoes for carrots).
These popsicles are incredibly easy to make and since they consist of nothing but fruit, they don't really get any healthier than this. Also they look kind of funny, like beads on a string.
All you need is just ONE single ingredient, grapes, that's it. And then of course some popsicle sticks to stick through the grapes.
This one of healthy kids snack recipes is also really simple - it only includes one ingredient, a mango.
Even though, it's really simple to do, it does require a bit of oven time prepare though, so if your kids crave something here and now, this is not the ideal choice 😉 It is however, great to store and have in jars for your kids to nibble on.
If your kids like avocado and are gastronomically adventurous (it took a bit of time for my son, but now he's a big avocado fan), this one of kids snack recipes might be a real winner. It's a very different way to use avocado as it is normally used raw, whereas here it has had a quick trip into the oven. (Here is where I got the inspiration for this delicious recipe.)
All you need for this healthy kids snack is an avocado, an egg, a clove of garlic, some whole wheat flour, some bread crumbs and a little bit of salt.
This snack is actually more like a mini meal than a snack, so having it before sports when your kids need a good boost of energy without feeling too heavy afterwards is ideal.
They would also be a good choice of food, when your kids come home from a birthday or something similar, where they have been snacking all day and aren't really all that hungry but still need something healthy but not too heavy.
What you need for this one of kids snack recipes is a couple of tortillas, some cream cheese or peanut butter, some vegetables (I have used cucumber, bell pepper and tomatoes), and a bit of chicken.
Veggies in a blanket is the ideal recipe for parents looking for healthy snacks for kids or low fat snacks on the go. If your child would prefer the wraps cold, you can make a batch in the morning, wrap them in cellophane and keep in the fridge until needed. The veggie wraps also make ideal snacks your kids can take to school.
Soup may sound like a strange form of snack, and it does take a little of time to prepare. BUT the clever thing is that you then freeze it down in small portions and take a small one up in the morning for your kid to enjoy in the afternoon.
In that way soup snacks become really quick and simple snacks that require little to no preparation.
On these pages I have several kids snack recipes for soups, but this one, the pumpkin soup, is my son's absolute favorite. It's creamy, aromatic, and sweet and spicy at the same time.
All you need is a pumpkin (hokkaido), onions, garlic, a squeeze of lemon juice (sorry, I forgot to include the lemon juice in the picture below, but it is actually quite an important ingredient as it adds some freshness to the sweetness of the pumpkin), some cream cheese, some bouillon and salt and pepper.
This healthy kids snack is ideal when you're on the go (e.g. on the train, bus or in the car) as it doesn't stain or crumb or makes a mess in any other way.
All you need is a plastic bag, some nuts, almonds, maybe small pieces of fruit that aren't wet on the surface like e.g. a mandarin.
If your kid's snacks need to be portable e.g. for going down into the garden, then a healthy smoothie may be just the thing.
That's it, it really doesn't get any simpler than that!
If your child is going outside with the smoothie you might want to replace a glass with a plastic cup. Just in case. 😉
I hope you enjoyed these healthy kids snack recipes and found something that you can use as inspiration or starting point to make your own snacks. If you want more healthy kids recipes, you are welcome to dive into some of my other snacks pages below.
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