Good morning! I hope you are all having a great start to your week! I'm back today with the sequel to last week's Healthy Lunches for Kids post. Today, I want to share healthy snacks.
Fruit Let's start with the easiest snack. My kids are fruit eating machines. I actually have to hide the fruit in the fridge so they don't eat all at once. I wash and cut all the fruit each Sunday, so it's ready to eat when the kids are hungry or I need to pack Dylan's lunch
Veggies Another very obvious option but worth mentioning. Just like the fruit, I was and cut these on Sunday so they're ready to go. Sometimes, I give them a little dressing to go with their and other's I let them eat plain. Another great option to go with their veggies....hummus. I haven't had Dylan try any yet, but I'm determined to have him try it soon.
Popcorn And not the microwave kind. We have haven't bought microwave popcorn in years. It's not good for you and is full of chemicals. We buy the kernels and just pop them on the stove. It saves money and is a lot better for you. And the best part is you can add different spices or toppings and create your flavors each time constantly switching it up.
String cheese There's not much to say about string cheese except yum. It's a favorite snack for both of my kids and is perfect to grab on the go.
Mini cookies There are times when you just have to let kids be kids and they need to indulge like the rest of us. And their indulgences are usually in the form of cookies. Now I'm not saying you don't have to make healthy versions of your favorite cookies because I totally do, but I do moderate how many my kids eat and they love when I make them. My trick, I just make them smaller, so my kids have a greater number of cookies but because they're smaller, they don't realize it's the same as if they had a fewer number of the bigger cookies.
Yogurt Yogurt is one of those snacks that is in so many flavors there's sure to be one that will satisfy your hunger. We always have yogurt in our house because if I don't, Jordyn is not a happy toddler if that's her snack choice of the moment. Dylan's favorite yogurt is Chobani Champions and he loves topping it with granola.
Granola A favorite for topping granola at our house, granola also makes a tasty snack alone. While, we do buy granola, we also make our own. Julie, from Peanut Butter Fingers has an awesome peanut butter granola recipe that you have to try. It is SO good!
Roasted Chickpeas I love roasted chickpeas, and so does Dylan. You can add so many different spice combinations. You can go a sweet taste, salty taste, spicy taste or combo between more than one. In our house, we have found that this is a great snack when we're craving chips.
Roasted Sugar Snap Peas I have not tried these nor have my kids, but I keep wanting to make them. I'm more of a salty snack person than a sweet snack person, so this is a snack that has been calling my name. Tossing some snack peas in a little olive oil and sprinkled with some salt then roasted; what's not to love. Just like roasted chickpeas, it's a cruncy snack you can have instead of chips.
Chips & Salsa It's no secret that kids love chips and when they have something to dip them in, it makes kids smile even more. We often have chips and salsa as a snack. We find some all natural chips that are lower in salt and will either find an all natural salsa or make our own for the kids to snack on. This is another snack that we portion and limit though since it can be easy to go overboard
Trail Mix Oh, the endless possibilities when it comes to trail mix. I could probably do a whole post on different trail mix recipes (hmmm....maybe that's an idea). There are so many different items you can use to make your own trail mix, and your kids can help pick out what they want them in too. Dylan loves choosing some of the ingredients. Our favorites usually include a mix of salty and sweet.
That about wraps up some healthy snack ideas for kids. Kid snacks are my favorite thing to come up with, especially if I can get the kids to help me make them.
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