Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Love
It can be such a struggle to get my kids to try new foods. They want to eat the same things over and over. Luckily, they like to eat lots of fruit and some veggies, so I can’t complain too much. But I do strive to widen their palate while they are young, because I was such a picky eater growing up. Now I like many different foods and wish to expose my kids to a healthy variety and hope they like some of them. My children tend to eat small portions throughout the day, so I’m constantly searching for new recipes. If you are also in need of some new ideas, I’ve included 8 healthy snacks your kids will love in this post.
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Oatmeal Energy Bites
Oatmeal energy bites are a tasty, filling bite of goodness your children will love. Mix 1 cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup almond or peanut butter, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/3 cup honey, and 1/4 cup ground flax-seed together in a bowl. Roll into balls and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes. You can store them in a Ziploc bag for 3 or 4 days, but I doubt they will last that long. You can also substitute other ingredients your kids enjoy, such as fruit, nuts, or other small candies.
Banana Oat Greek Yogurt Muffins
I have made these muffins a few times now, and they are delicious! Simply add 1 cup plain Greek yogurt, 2 medium ripe bananas, 2 large eggs, 2 cups of oats, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 tsp of baking soda to a blender. Blend on high until smooth, then fold in 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips (regular is fine too). Pour the batter into a muffin pan and bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes, or until the tops are set. This recipe would also make a delicious bread. I put my muffins in a zip lock back and they stayed good for a week.
Chocolate Zucchini Banana Bread
I LOVE this zucchini bread! I will warn you though, it is very rich and chocolatey. You might consider leaving out some of the cocoa powder or chocolate chips if you don’t want it to be too rich. Another suggestion I have is to puree the zucchini. It smooths out the texture so your kids won’t even know there are healthy vegetables in there! Check out the full recipe on the image above.
Healthy Apple Donuts
Who doesn’t love a snack with a healthy balance of fruit and candy! Theses healthy apple donuts allow your kids to use their imagination when creating their own snack. Use peanut butter, almond butter, Nutella, melted chocolate or white chocolate, with sprinkles or chocolate chips, the list goes on.
Frozen Yogurt Covered Blueberries
These frozen yogurt covered blueberries are a real treat, and super easy to make. Just simply cover the blueberries with your child’s favorite flavor of yogurt and freeze. Store them in individual baggies and you’ve got a healthy ready to go snack when you need it. Click on the picture above to find other unique snack ideas.
Apple Turtle Snack
We all know that our children are more likely to eat something if it’s visually appealing. These sea turtle snacks are so cute, and your kids will think they are so fun! The post above has other appealing snacks with fruit, including a sheep, octopus, and an owl. Check it out!
Honey Lime Rainbow Fruit Salad
Fruit salad is a versatile snack that allows you to add your child’s favorite fruits, and maybe sneak in something new for them to try. You can also use up the fruit that is in your fridge so that it is not wasted. Use the recipe above or create your own. I tend to leave out the honey and lime and just mix the fruit together. I also like to serve this with cinnamon sugar pita chips.
Nutella and Banana Sushi
Another easy snack idea is the Nutella and banana sushi. Just spread Nutella on a tortilla, add your banana, and roll up. You can cut it into easy to grab slices for a yummy treat on the go. Another option would be to use peanut butter, honey, and chocolate chips with the banana. Other ideas in the link above include Frozen Fruit Yogurt Bark, Back Yard Bug Snacks, and Dolphin Banana and Fruit Cups.
I hope this post provided some new and unique snack options for you to try with your children. Looking for more ideas? Be sure to follow my Healthy Snack Ideas Pinterest Board. And I would love to hear about your kids’ favorite snacks in the comments!