Are you sick of the highly processed junk food that’s constantly pushed at our kids these days? I certainly am.
I mean, take Nutella for example – when I was living in Australia we had an advert pushing the “health benefits” of Nutella as a breakfast option for kids…WHAT?? Give me a break!
Incidentally, this ad was banned in the UK following complaints from 53 concerned consumers regarding the message this was sending out to families.
I’m all for “treat” foods now and again, but it’s extremely annoying when manufacturers and advertisers get away with such lies.
So, if you’re trying to get your kids to snack healthier, here are some healthier kids snack ideas for you to try out on your little babes…
20 Kids Snack Ideas
#1 Kebabs – thread alternate pieces of lean ham, cucumber, cheese and cherry tomatoes onto skewers or toothpicks.
#2 Fruity sorbet – place small cups of 100% whole orange juice into the freezer, then eat as sorbet when ready.
#3 Fruit slices served with peanut butter – granny smith apples work really well.
#4 Homemade mini muffins – such as wholewheat carrot and cinnamon, or wholewheat zucchini muffins.
#6 Wholegrain crackers with soft cheese and tomato or cucumber on top.
#7 Fresh fruit slices with soy cream cheese for dipping – take a tub of soy cream cheese, add 1/4 cup 100% fruit juice, and a dash of cinnamon, then stir until smooth.
#8 Toasted pita bread cut into triangles and served with salsa for dipping.
#9 Healthy baking – experiment with your favourite recipes by substituting some of the fat with apple sauce, and using half white flour, half wholewheat flour. You can also add some oats, dried fruit, and nuts. Even better get your kids involved in the process.
#10 Any combination of frozen fruit – grapes, berries, or bananas.
#11 Ants on logs – celery sticks with hummus, then sprinkle raisins on top.
#12 Cup wholegrain cereal with milk
#13 Quesadillas – made using wholegrain burritos, filled with baked beans and cheese, fold up, then toast in a sandwich press, and serve cut into wedges.
#14 Fruity frozen yogurt – put natural yogurt into a bowl and mix with a combination of cut up fresh or frozen fruit, then pop into cups and freeze for a sweet treat.
#15 Cup of popcorn with herbs or small amount of cheese added for extra flavor.
#16 Veggie frittata cut into triangles.
#17 Mixed food platter – using a selection of cheddar cheese cubes, feta cheese, fruit slices, raw veggies, pitted olives, suitable dip, dried fruit, nuts, mini bread sticks, and yoghurt.
#18 Sushi rice rolls with avocado, grated carrot and tuna.
#19 Home made mini pizza – topped with tomato purée, leftover veggies, and a little grated cheese.
#20 Awesome Banana popsicles
6 popsicle sticks
1/4 cup natural peanut butter, softened
1/4 cup chopped peanuts or walnuts, granola, crispy rice cereal, or sunflower seeds
- Peel the bananas. Cut them in half, widthwise, and push a popsicle stick through the cut end of each half. Spread peanut butter on the bananas, and then roll them in the nuts, cereal, or seeds. Wrap them in waxed paper and freeze for three hours.
What are your favorite kids snack ideas?
For more healthy kids snacks check out my previous article.
Image credit: Chrissi