As parents, we want to make sure our kids are eating healthy throughout the day.
But with their busy schedules and on-the-go lifestyles, it’s often easier to just give them something quick and convenient that you bought from the store. Unfortunately, many of these snacks are full of added sugars, unhealthy fats, and other bad ingredients that don’t provide the nourishment they need to grow healthy and happy.
Fortunately, there are easy and healthy snacks you can make at home that your kids can enjoy on the go. Here are five delicious and nutritious snack ideas that your kids can love:
Fresh fruit is always a good option for a healthy and flavorful snack. But some kids may not want to eat a whole fruit on its own.
Try making fruit kebabs with a variety of colorful and tasty fruits for a snack that is both nutritious and fun. Simply slice up a few different kinds of fruit and stick them on a skewer.
This can also be an excellent opportunity to get them to try something new—mix in one or two fruits they haven’t tried yet with some of their favorites.
Here are some good fruits to add:
● Orange slices
You can prepare a bunch of these in advance and keep them in your fridge or freezer for an easy snack anytime.
Frozen Yogurt Pops
Most of the frozen yogurt products you find in stores are packed with added sugars and syrups. They are basically just ice cream with a different name.
You can make your own healthy frozen yogurt pops at home with just a few simple ingredients. All you need is some yogurt, milk, and some fresh or frozen berries of your choice. Blend everything together until it is smooth, then pour it into popsicle molds and freeze.
Your kids will love the delicious taste of these frozen yogurt pops, and you can feel good about giving them something much healthier than store-bought versions.
Chickpeas are a great source of plant-based protein and fiber, making them an excellent snack for growing kids.
To make your own roasted chickpeas, toss a can of chickpeas with some olive oil, salt, and your favorite seasonings. Spread them out on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown and crunchy.
You can make them spicy with chili powder, sweeter with a bit of cinnamon and sugar, or savory with garlic and herbs.
The crunchy texture and tasty flavors will make them a favorite snack for your kids.
Trail mix is an easy and versatile snack that can be customized in endless ways to suit your kids’ tastes.
Start with some healthy base ingredients like peanuts, almonds, pistachios, sunflower seeds, or pumpkin seeds. Then add some dried fruits like raisins, cranberries, or goji berries. You can even add things like chocolate chips, coconut flakes, or granola for a fun and flavorful twist.
Mix it all together in a bowl or bag, and you have a delicious snack that is full of nutritious ingredients.
Hummus and Veggies
Dipping veggies in a delicious hummus dip is a great way to get your kids to eat more vegetables.
You can make your own hummus at home with a few simple ingredients: chickpeas, tahini, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice. Blend them together until you have a creamy and flavorful dip.
Then cut up some crunchy vegetables like carrots, celery, cucumbers, and broccoli for your kids to dip into the hummus.
You can also use the hummus as a spread on sandwiches, wraps, or even toast.
These five healthy snack ideas are quick and easy to make at home and provide a nutritious way to keep your kids energized and happy. Get creative with your own variations by adding different flavors and ingredients. Or better yet, invite your kids to help pick out what they want in their snacks and have them help you make it!