It’s not hard to unlock the palette of most children. They want sweet and salty! When it comes to snacks, that almost always ends without proper nutrition.
However, it doesn’t have to. While kids can be picky eaters, there’s lots of snacks out there that can make a child smile, while helping their mental and physical growth.
It’s good to move on from the chips, cookies and cake that kids really want to snack on. By providing healthy alternatives from an early age, it allows children to develop their palette beyond the obvious processed options. It also sets a precedent of what a “snack” is supposed to be. Finding healthy snacks isn’t hard. However, just offering up some carrots or celery sticks isn’t going to do it. Children need more flavor! These healthy snacks should manage the perfect balance of taste and nutrition.
Healthy Simple Snacks
Snacks don’t need to be complicated. They just need to fulfill a child’s hunger, while hopefully giving them some nutrition. Many children are picky, meaning that only a few of these may be viable. But a few viable snacks is usually more than enough.
- Popcorn - Air popped with just a little butter and a light dusting of salt.
- Pita Chips and Hummus - Delicious and nutritious. It also goes great with cut up veggies.
- Yogurts - Loaded with fruit and calcium, yogurt is an easy pick with kids. Just choose some low sugar variants and you are good to go!
- Pears And Ricotta - This may seem like an odd choice, but works really well. Slice some pears into striups and then add a little ricotta cheese.
- Hard Boiled Eggs - High protein snacks that are full of vitamins. It’s easy to have some hard boiled eggs ready to eat in the fridge!
- Raisins - If normal raisins are found to be boring, try yellow raisins or some of the more exotic types. Even better, mix them together.
Great Snack Recipes
If you are looking to take your snacks to the next level, you’re going to need the right recipe to do so. What follows are some delicious and relatively easy to create recipes which should keep your children coming back for more!
Smoothies are so incredibly easy to make. The one key to remember is don’t use any processed juices. These are incredibly high in refined sugar and just aren’t needed to make a good smoothie. Try this recipe:
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 cups spinach or kale
- 2 cups frozen fruit
The fruit in this recipe can be one of many options. Mixed berries are a popular choice. Strawberry/Bananas are often available frozen together and can make a nice smoothie as well. The veggies are hidden and essentially tasteless in this recipe.
Banana Oat Cookies
Don’t let the cookie name fool you. These tasty treats don’t actually have any sugar. Their flavor is heavily banana based and the remainder of the ingredients isn’t particularly unhealthy either.
- 3 mashed bananas (ripe)
- 2 cups rolled oats
- ½ cup druid fruit (apricots or strawberries work nicely)
- ⅓ cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
Simply mix all of the ingredients in a bowl until they form a consistency similar to cookie dough. Spoon out the mixture onto a cookie sheet. Make sure to grease the cookie sheet first. After that, simply bake them up for fifteen to twenty minutes at 350 degrees.
Sweet Potato Wedges
Sweet potato wedges offer a lot of the same enjoyment as something like deep fried french fries. Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins (especially vitamin A). Try this recipe, as it’s incredibly simple.
- 1 medium sweet potato
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Sea Salt
If you’re feeling more adventurous, replace the sea salt with a flavored seasoned salt like Lawry’s or whatever your child’s favorite blend of flavors is. Peel the sweet potato and then cut it into half. From there, cut off thin wedges. Use a bowl to toss the wedges in the oil. Just sprinkle on the seasoning near the end. Bake the sweet potato wedges at 425 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes depending on the width of the wedges.