Every day, my friends, family, and clients ask me, “What should my kids be snacking on?” Finding healthy snacks for kids doesn’t have to be difficult or boring. Here is a guide to some of my girls’ favorites healthy snacks that can be whipped up as a family, or in a brief moment of peace and quiet while the kiddos are away!
Health Warrior Bars
This is a no-brainer. No kitchen time required, just grab and go. My girls especially love the Vanilla Almond Chia Bar and the Cinnamon Spice Pumpkin Seed Bars. I love that they are the perfect size for tiny hands without all the added sugar and that they pack a punch in omegas, healthy fats and protein!
A little fun goes a long way with healthy snacks for kids. Trick them into a mid-afternoon sweet with this upgraded version. Slice apples into “cookie slices,” or thicker donut ones. Top with either a nut or sunflower seed butter. Let your kids choose the toppings from here! Think sliced almonds, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, even sprinkles – the possibilities are endless!
Combine 1 cup of raw oats with one peeled banana. Let your kids get into that bowl and mash up the banana, making sure to fully coat the oats. Next up, add your favorite flavorings (honey, vanilla extract, dried fruit, cinnamon, etc.). Top it off with a tablespoon of melted coconut oil and one egg (feel free to use flaxseed egg as replacement). Dump into a greased muffin tin and bake 10-15 minutes at 350 degrees. My girls love putting a dent into these muffins prior to baking and then topping the baked product with a little jelly or yogurt to add some colorful flavor.
Frozen Yogurt Bites
Mix your favorite yogurt, or non-dairy option, along with fresh fruit, sliced nuts, granola or seeds. Spoon the mixture into ice cube trays and allow to freeze overnight. Just pop them out of the tray when ready to munch!
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Blend ½ cup of pitted dates with 1 small smashed avocado, ½ cup milk of choice and 3 tablespoons of cacao powder. Add more dates if needed and serve up in a fun bowl. These would be so yummy to use as a dip for Health Warrior’s Pumpkin Seed Bars… just sayin’!
Savory Pita Pizzas
Have a pizza making party in 5 minutes flat! Top pita slices with tomato sauce and any desired toppings (my girls personally love sautéed spinach… I know, not normal)! Pop in the toaster oven on 250 for about 5 minutes. Done!
Sweet Version: Toast pitas and allow to cool before topping with cream cheese or dairy-free spread and top with fresh fruit.
Portable Hummus Cups
Snag some fancy see-thru cups and fill about 1/3 of the way with hummus. Stick celery and carrots down in it to hold their place and you have a portable, healthy snack!
I have started letting go in the kitchen and letting my girls take over more responsibilities. It’s been tough, and cleaning up isn’t always fun, but I find that when the girls become little cookers, they’re more likely to munch on their food. Use your extra time this summer to get your kids in the kitchen. They may just invent a new treasured snack for the upcoming school year!
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