Creating healthy snacks that your kids will want to eat can be a challenge. This is especially true for kids that have discovered processed foods with high amounts of refined sugar and fat.
Fortunately, there are some healthy snacks that kids will enjoy and that contain vitamins and nutrients. You can try making a few of these quick, healthy snacks that kids will love.
1. Baked Sweet Potato Fries
Sweet potatoes contain high levels of beneficial vitamins and nutrients like vitamin C, A, B6 and potassium. They are a healthy snack that has fiber and protein with no fat when made at home. You can make these fries by cutting sweet potatoes into wedges. Place them on a baking sheet. Sprinkle a little olive oil over the fries. Bake them for around 20 minutes at 450 degrees.
2. Apple and Peanut Butter Dippers
Apples contain nutrients that all kids need. Peanut butter contains vitamins, protein, healthy fats, and fiber. You can make this snack by dipping one end of apple wedges into peanut butter. Homemade peanut butter with a little sugar and salt is best. Put the wedges on a toothpick. Roll the peanut butter end in some almond slices or crushed peanuts. Kids will enjoy the sweet taste. You can also make this snack with bananas instead of apples.
3. Cucumber and Spiced Yogurt Boats
Kids who enjoy slightly spicy foods will like this snack. Cucumbers are a healthy green vegetable that contains vitamins and fiber. Yogurt contains beneficial cultures, calcium, and protein. Make this snack by combining some non-fat yogurt, a little sugar and a pinch of salt. Add a bit of cumin to taste. Hollow out a cucumber and fill it with the mixture. The spices remove some of the sour yogurt taste and the cucumber will temper any spiciness from the cumin.
4. Vegetable Chips
Kids will love this healthier version of potato chips. Slice vegetables like parsnips, purple beets, sweet potatoes, and celery root into chips. Salt them lightly and let them sit for a few minutes to remove excess water. Put them on a baking pan and cook for 20 minutes at 375 degrees. You will get crisp and colorful vegetable chips that contain a range of vitamins and a good amount of fiber.
5. Simple Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Roasted pumpkin seeds contain antioxidants, fiber, protein, magnesium, and zinc. They also contain vitamins E and B among others. Kids will love the rich and slightly sweet taste of the seeds especially if you put a small sprinkle of salt on top. You start by rinsing and drying off some seeds from a pumpkin. Toss them with olive oil, a little salt, and some garlic powder if you want. Bake at 375 degrees for 15 to 20 minute. Turn the seeds over half through the cooking time.
6. Veggie and Cheese Kabobs
Choose two or three vegetables that your child enjoys eating raw and dice them into bite-sized pieces. Alternately place the veggies and a small chunk of cheese onto skewers. This snack is fun for kids to eat and can be made with any vegetables, or even fruit, that your child likes. Beware of sword fights breaking out once the snack is eaten!
7. Homemade Fruit Smoothies
Smoothies are filling, tasty, and easy to make. You can add nearly any combination of fruits like bananas, blueberries, and strawberries for sweetness. The fruits add a variety of vitamins and minerals depending on what you choose. Blend this with a little non-fat yogurt and skim milk. You can even add supplements like flax seeds or spinach to increase the nutritious value. Kids will enjoy the sweet taste and bright colors of a smoothie. If your child can’t have dairy, you can also use fruit juices or green tea instead of milk.