November 19, 2019

Healthy Snacks That Your Kids Will Love

Many parents know the struggle of getting their children to eat healthier. Children are often drawn to unhealthy foods and sugary snacks, making the jobs of parents very difficult sometimes. It’s often quite the challenge to get children to consume the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables. There’s a variety of snacks that are so good your children may not even realize they’re actually healthy. 

Dipped Fruits 

If you give a child a banana, they may turn it down, but if you give them a Godiva chocolate-dipped banana, they may think it’s the best treat in the world. Sometimes it’s all about how foods are presented to children for them to decide if it’s something they’d be willing to try or not. Chocolate covered fruit is something best eaten in moderation, but it’s something you can make with your children. Some chocolate fruit-dipped snacks include: 

  • Bananas covered in chocolate and peanuts 
  • Strawberries stuffed with Nutella 
  • Apples dipped in marshmallows, graham crackers, and chocolate 
  • Orange slices covered in chocolate with peanut crumbles 
  • Chocolate covered cherries 
  • Apples dipped in caramel and covered with crushed Oreos 

While chocolate covered fruits may not be the most healthy option for snacks, it is a way that you can get your children excited about eating fruit. 

No-Bake Granola Bars 

Granola bars are a very healthy snack, and making them at home will give you more control over what you put in them. No-bake granola bars are very easy to make and they end up coming out thick and chewy, making them stay together when they’re being eaten. Kids can be very picky eaters, but when you can customize their granola bars with ingredients they actually like, they’ll be more likely to try it. To make them even healthier, try replacing some of the cane sugar with coconut sugar for an organic and lower carb option.

Trail Mix

Trail mix, like granola bars, is a very customizable snack. There’s no baking or cooking required to make trail mix, and it’s something you can prepare with your children, allowing them to have more control over what’s included in theirs. Some types of trail mix you can try are: 

  • Almonds, peanuts, banana chips, and chocolate and peanut butter chips 
  • Peanuts, raisins, and M&M’s 
  • Brazil nuts, cashews, coconut flakes, banana chips, and dried mango 
  • Coconut flakes, cacao nibs, chocolate-covered coffee beans, and hazelnuts 
  • Chex cereal, dried cranberries, peanut butter chips, and dark chocolate chips
  • Peanuts, dried strawberries, and shredded wheat cereal 
  • Hazelnuts, cacao nibs, M&M’s, and chocolate-covered almonds 
  • White chocolate chips, dried pineapple, coconut flakes, and macadamia nuts

Making trail mix is all about experimenting and finding your favorite blend of flavors.   

Baked Veggie Chips 

Toss out the bags of chips in your pantry and replace them with veggie chips. This crunchy and salty snack is so good you’ll be shocked that it’s so healthy. The recipe for baked veggie chips is very simple, but it’s also one you’re able to customize as much as you want to. You can use any vegetables you want such as zucchini and carrots. You can choose to make these oil-free as well, you just need to keep an eye on them a little more when they’re baking. 

Homemade Fruit Pops 

Even with summer coming to an end, your kids will still enjoy a tasty cold treat from time to time. Homemade fruit pops are not only delicious, but they’re also fun to make. You’ll need some plastic molds, popsicle sticks, thoroughly washed fruits, fruit juice, and you can add yogurt as well if you like them a little creamy. 

Even with picky eaters, it’s important to get them to eat enough fruits and vegetables each day. It may take some trial and error at first, but keep finding creative ways to make them more exciting, and you may find your children putting up less of a fuss. 

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