How much easier would life be if we had snacks for kids right at our fingertips? For many parents that would be a big time saver. Between working and taking care of responsibilities at home, adding dinner to the mix can make for a hectic day. Here are some tips and recipes to make healthy easy snacks for kids.
Healthy Easy Snacks Ideas
So in what ways can we prepare fast and healthy snacks that won’t take more than 15 minutes out of our day? I can think of a few that have saved the day for me.
Some of the easy snack staples I keep on hand are:
- fresh fruits
- dried fruits
- plain yogurt
- dark chocolate
- nut butters
- sliced meats
- trail mixes
- nut mixes
These healthy, easy snacks for kids can easily be whipped up into a delicious snack or even a side dish in no time.
Brainly says that eggs are a great brain food for kids and they offer these tips:
“The versatile egg is a great source of protein, and egg yolks are packed with choline, which helps memory development. Eggs can be served in a variety of ways and can be enjoyed at breakfast, as a mid-afternoon snack, or even at dinner. Parent tip: Eggs are great for making grab-and-go breakfasts kids can eat on the road. Scramble eggs into a whole grain tortilla to make a grab-and-go breakfast burrito, or make your own version of an Egg McMuffin at home by putting a fried egg on top of a toasted English muffin and topping it with a slice of low-fat cheese. Bonus tip: Eggs aren’t only a great healthy option that will keep them full thanks to the protein, but it’s also a really great gateway to cooking for the budding chef. Teach them how to make scrambled eggs, a fried egg, or a veggie omelet, and you’re fostering a whole new side of creativity. Plus… you might get the occasional breakfast out of that deal!”
Most often, kids are looking for what taste good and not what’s nutritious for them. That even goes for adults because it can be really hard to give up the bad food we crave. Sometimes those cravings are telling us we have a deficiency of some sort. For instance, if we have a craving for chocolate, instead of grabbing a candy bar, eat foods that are high in magnesium, like a piece of dark chocolate, oatmeal, or almonds. Chocolate cravings can be a sign of magnesium deficiency. Craving pasta could be a sign of chromium deficiency. If it’s pastries, pasta or white bread that keeps your child smiling from ear to ear, try giving them a sweet potato, grapes, cinnamon, apple, or wheat bread instead.
5 Healthy, Easy Snack Recipes For Kids
Here are some snacks that are easy to whip up to satisfy a bit of sweet tooth or the desire for something a little more hearty. Try making some of these fast and easy snacks that soothes their taste buds.
Yogurt Topped with Cocoa Bits (Dark Chocolate) Snack
You can incorporate dark chocolate into a snack by scooping a cup of plain unsweetened yogurt into a cup. Add 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder and stir until smooth consistency. Add a drop or two of stevia liquid (a sugar replacement), add ½ teaspoon vanilla (optional), and top with homemade whip-cream or a favorite fruit. Kids love this treat. You can make whip-cream simply by using 1 cup heavy whipping cream with some vanilla extract and using a mixer to blend until soft clouds form.
Apples and Almond Butter Snack
Apples and almond butter is so easy to make that some kids can do it themselves. Just take a green apple (which has less sugar than a red apple), slice it up and top it with almond butter. Almond butter is better than peanut butter in the sense that it does not mold like peanut butter does. Also almonds are full of heart-healthy fats, high in protein and fiber, calcium, potassium and magnesium…and the list goes on. Although almond butter may be expensive, it lasts in the refrigerator for a long time. And, if your child does not like the taste of almond butter, just try another nut butter that will give you similar nutritional benefits.
Use cucumber slices as the bread or cracker and load those little finger sandwiches up with wholesome yumminess like cheese, meat, tomatoes, and avocados. Try this recipe for cucumber sandwiches.
Homemade cereal bars can actually make pretty quick and easy snacks. You can use a variety of cereals from healthy to a treat variety and same goes for the binder from marshmallow to nut butters. Try this recipe for almond butter cereal bars.
Smoothies can be quick and easy snacks. It is a great way to make a couple of fruits into something appealing and to add some protein all at the same time. A couple of fruits blended with yogurt or milk is a very easy snack for kids. Try this banana mango smoothie recipe.
I hope you enjoyed these healthy easy snack ideas for kids. What are some of your favorite easy kids snacks?