Say “healthy snacks” to a kid and you’re likely to hear a collection of groans and grumbles. The good news is that there are plenty of healthy snacks you can serve them. Check out 12 these fun, healthy snacks to make with your kids.
If you have children or teens in the house, you know the snack battle is inevitable. Kids tend to reach for foods that are salty, sweet, or emblazoned with beloved characters. The challenge for parents and other caregivers is that store-bought snack products aren’t always the best choice for growing bodies.
Processed snacks marketed for kids may tout “real fruit,” but those same snacks are often high in sugar or artificial flavors. Even snacks that appear to be healthy because they’re labeled “homestyle,” like applesauce, can include high fructose corn syrup. Did your grandma add high fructose corn syrup to her applesauce? I know mine didn’t!
In addition to incorporating clean-eating ingredients, the healthy snacks for kids below come with another benefit: they offer child-friendly prep. Making nutritious snacks with children is a fantastic and non-pushy way to teach them about healthy eating habits. Grab your kids and decide as a team which tasty snack idea you’ll add to the menu this week!
1. Southwestern Pizza
Pizza…a healthy snack? You bet. This is one of those child-friendly snacks guaranteed to be a hit. Brown lean ground beef or turkey, and then enlist the kids to help build the pizza, which includes spices, tomato, lettuce, and cheese.
2. Almond Butter and Banana Sandwiches
Snack with your family the healthy, tasty way with easy recipes like this one. It’s so simple that even toddlers and preschoolers can help with prep!
3. Healthy Chipotle Potato Skins
This recipe, which is a great choice for movie night, gives kids the opportunity to mix and dollop. They can also help scoop pulp from the potatoes – after the spuds have cooled enough!
4. Sweet and Savory Parfait
Whole ingredients combine for a delish snack that’s easy for kids to make. Mix, layer, and enjoy.