Snack time is a great time to give children a break from playing and allows them to refuel their bodies for optimal growth. There are so many convenience snacks on the shelves that are loaded with hidden sugars, sodium, fats, and other ingredients you may not want your child to be consuming in excess. Things like cookies and candy are ok for occasional treats, but you should always have nutritious foods included in their snacks. Here are some fun and healthy snack ideas that are simple and your kids will love.
Snack Ideas for at Home
These are some tasty, healthy and fun snack ideas that you can make at home for your kids. Some of these are so easy, your little ones will have as much fun making them as they will eating them!
Ants on a Log
This is a cute snack idea that has been around for ages. You need celery stalks, peanut butter, and raisins. If you’re making this for a child with peanut allergies you can use a cream cheese spread instead of peanut butter. Simply cut each celery stalk into 3 parts for the ‘logs’, fill the center with peanut butter or cream cheese, and place raisins on top. You can also use a variety of raisins with other small dried fruit like cranberries.
This is a neat snack for you sushi lovers. It’s super easy and you don’t need any special sushi making tools. You will need a cucumber, some shredded carrots, hummus*, raisins, and a peeler. First, peel the cucumber. Next, peel or cut long thin strips of the cucumber (you will use this as your wrapper). Spread some hummus along the cucumber strip. Place shredded carrots and raisins into the hummus then roll the cucumber up!
*If you don’t have any premade hummus or your child is finicky about it, you could also use mashed up avocado!
Here’s a fun snack idea your kiddos can make a game out of. You need pretzel sticks, cream cheese, and gold fish crackers. You can choose plain cream cheese or add a little sweetness with a berry cream cheese. Place the goldfish in a large dish or plate so that they’re spread out (not overlapping each other). Give each child a cup of pretzel sticks and place the cream cheese in a bowl. Let them ‘go fish’ by dipping the pretzel sticks in the cream cheese first and picking up gold fish with them.
Fun Snack Ideas on the Go
When you’re frequently on the run it can be challenging trying to get in a healthy snack for the little ones as well as yourself. Here are some travel-friendly snack ideas that you can feel good about.
Fresh fruit always makes for a delicious and nutritious healthy snack. Dice up fruit and small cubes of cheese and skewer them to make Kabobs that conveniently keep fruit in place so it doesn’t wind up on the ground or rolling around in your car. Store them in plastic sandwich or freezer bags (you may need the gallon size bags depending on how long your skewers are) or in airtight containers for your kids to snack on.
Cereal Trail Mix
Here’s a twist on traditional trail mix and it is full of essential nutrients. Cereals often come fortified with beneficial vitamins and minerals providing a healthy breakfast or snack! Combine a variety of your child’s favorite dry cereals that are low in sugar with some dried fruits and/or yogurt covered raisins in snack size plastic bags.
Kale chips are fairly easy to make and way healthier than potato chips. Just wash the kale, pat dry, and cut into small chip-size pieces, leaving out the stalk (keep in mind they do shrink when baking). Toss the kale in a bowl with a little bit of olive oil, kosher salt, and seasoning if you wish (I just used garlic powder). Lay the pieces out on a baking sheet and bake at 350° F for 15-20 minutes. Time may vary depending on your oven and geographic location. If your kids aren’t into the greens, another idea is sweet potato chips. Wash, peel, and slice sweet potatoes into thin chips and lay on a baking sheet. Drizzle a little olive oil over them and bake at 400°F for approximately 22-25 minutes, flipping the chips over halfway through. The centers should be soft and edges lightly crispy when done. Sprinkle coarse Kosher salt on top when you remove from oven.
You don’t have to settle for prepackaged snacks that are unhealthy for your kids. Many of these fun and healthy snack ideas take very little time to create and some do require a little planning ahead of time. Rest assured your children will be getting a nutritious snack they’ll love with these ideas.