Snacks That Are Tasty and Healthy for Kids
Getting children to eat healthy can be a challenge since most children like to eat the same things over and over again. Teaching children how to eat healthy while they are young is very important for them to know how to pick healthy options, and have better eating habits as they grow up. Making healthy snacks is not hard and many can be made ahead of time, so they are ready whenever your child wants a snack. Here are some healthy snack ideas for kids.
Ice-cream is many kids’ favorite snack, but normal ice-cream is not that healthy. This banana “ice-cream” is simple to make, and is nutritious and delicious.
– 3 large ripe bananas that have been peeled, cut, and frozen
– 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
– 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– Pinch of sea salt
– Optional: chopped fresh fruit, nut, seeds, coconut flakes, or other small foods
Let the bananas soften for about five minutes, after they have been frozen. Put the bananas, cinnamon, vanilla, and sea salt into a food processor or blender, and blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth. Pour the blended mixture into a bowl, mix in any other ingredients you or your child want and serve. You store this in Popsicle molds, or container, and freeze until needed.
Apple Oat Bars
A granola bars is one of the few items that you can find in just about every kid’s lunch bag. Many granola bars are full of sugar, but you can make healthier bars at home. These granola bars are good just the way they are and even better warmed up in the microwave.
– 3 cups of oats
– 2 tablespoons of flax meal
– 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon
– 1 ½ cups of dates that have be pulsed in a food processor until there is no big chucks
– 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
– 1/3 cup of dried fruit like cranberries
– 1/4 cup plant milk or regular milk
– 1 ¼ tablespoons of honey
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– 1 small apple that has been peeled and chopped
Preheat the oven to 350F. Stir together the oats, cashews, flax meal, and cinnamon in a medium bowl, and set aside. Also, set aside ¼ cup of the unsweetened applesauce, and the chopped apples. In a different bowl, stir the rest of the ingredients, and then add the wet ingredients to the dry, and make sure that they are mixed well. The mixture should be able to be made into one big ball with your hands. Using parchment paper, line the bottom of a 9” x 13” baking sheet, and spray with sides with a cooking spray. Press the mixture into the pan using the back of a spoon, trying to make it as level as possible. Using the remaining applesauce, top the mixture evenly. Scatter the chopped apple pieces on top of the applesauce. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. These should be checked at the 15 minute mark, as this can burn easily. To brown the apple pieces, turn your oven to broil and wait for about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, cut into bars, and allow them to cool. Once cooled, store in plastic bags in the fridge.
If you need a healthy snack right now there are a lot of tasty options that you can make in just a few minutes. Peanut butter (another nut or substitute butter) apple sandwiches are a great option, if your child likes peanut butter, but is eating too much bread. Veggies and hummus are also a quick and healthy option for a snack that is going to keep your children full when they are playing until mealtime. Fruit Skewers and dried fruit bracelets are fun ways of serving your kids their snacks.
Getting children to eat healthy can seem like a challenge, but it just takes a little time and planning to make sure they have healthy snacks. The less unhealthy snacks that are in the house, the more likely they are to look for the healthy ones. Also, letting them pick out what they want from the snacks that they are allowed to have, makes them more likely to eat them. You can also have them pick out the serving containers that their snacks are put in, and those are what their snacks go into. Kids love to have things that are all their own, and the option to make decisions for themselves.