Kids go through stages where it seems that they never stop eating – here are some easy snacks for kids, which are both healthy and delicious.
As kids grow, so does their appetite. Having some healthy snacks planned to keep them happy and full will help stop you spending so much time in the kitchen searching for food, and stop you spending so much money on unhealthy snacks from the store.
These are super easy to make and are a great way to get your kids to eat fruit. Slice up some apple, cut little shapes in the centre if you want, and spread some peanut butter and jelly onto one slice. Place two slices together and you have some super healthy apple sandwiches.
Chocolate Trail Bites
If you use dark chocolates, these can be transformed into a healthy treat. Meltdown some dark chocolate, spread it over a lined baking sheet, and sprinkle the top with nuts, dried cranberries and shaved coconut. Once hardened, cut into slices and keep in the fridge.
Mini Zucchini Pizzas
Try and find large zucchinis and slice them width ways. Top these with a small amount of tomato sauce, chopped up pepperoni and cheese. Grill these in the oven until cooked through. This snack is great to get them to eat some extra veggies!
Rainbow Fruit Skewers
Find whichever fruit is in season at your local grocer’s, and buy as many different colours as possible. Chop the fruit up into even sizes, and stick them onto wooden skewer sticks. Alternate the colours to create a fruity rainbow.
Sliced Pears With Ricotta
Pears are a sweet and healthy treat. Cut the pair into slices and top them with some ricotta cheese. The pears are high in fibre, and the ricotta adds a good amount of protein and calcium to your child’s diet.
Hidden Veg Smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to get some extra vegetables into your child’s diet. Add some banana, strawberries (or whatever fruits are in season) along with some spinach, plain yogurt, and milk. Your little one will not know they are getting a hidden dose of spinach as the sweetness of the fruit will mask the taste.
Carrot Sticks and Hummus
This is an incredibly easy snack for kids, especially if you have premade hummus or have bought a tub from the store. Cut up some carrots into sticks and let your little one dip them into the hummus. Easy and healthy.
DIY Trail Mix
Making your own trail mix means you can use all of your family’s favourite ingredients. Combine different nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate chips. You can make one large batch to keep as a snack source throughout the week.
Pretzel Sticks With Cheese
It doesn’t get easier than this. Cut some cheese into small blocks, and skewer one cube onto a pretzel stick at a time. The pretzel sticks act as toothpicks to pick up the cheese, and they can be eaten as well. The kids will love the different style of eating!
Roasted chickpeas are such a great snack, and you can make a large batch ahead of time. Sprinkle some salt, garlic powder, and turmeric onto drained canned chickpeas and lay them on a baking sheet, bake them for up to 50 minutes until dried and crunchy.