How To Give Our Kids Healthy Snacks That Are Fun To Make With Your Kids?
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Now that school is back and some kids are homeschooling, having healthy and delicious snacks on hand saves time and are ready for them to grab, I know in our home , we are always snacking and the older the kids get , the more they snack. I think their appetite grows with their body. Keeping them fueled with healthy snacks lets them focus and keeps their blood sugar leveled.
Picky little eaters?
Yes, there are picky eaters in my home too. Even the pickiest of eaters can still eat wholesome healthy snacks. It’s best to start when they are young. I remember my son eating sweet potato muffins and green “Hulk” pancakes when he was 2. He grew up eating my homemade baked goods so it was a taste he just was used to. In fact, when he had a store bought snack at school, he thought it taste funny. When kids are more picky is when you want to make their calories count and I can show you ways to make that happen.
Tips to add more wholesomeness to our kids diet.
Adding fruits like strawberries , blueberries and shredded apple to muffins and cakes.
Adding vegetables like shredded carrots, zucchini or butternut squash and sweet potatoes add flavor to breads, pancakes, cookies and muffins.
Muffins, cookies, breads and cakes can me made ahead and froze for quick snacks to have on hand.
Baked goods can also be made by substituting sugar in any recipe with honey, pure maple syrup or raw unrefined organic sugar and lowering the amount in the recipe than what it calls for. We typically use pure maple syrup in our baked goods and only half the required amount. Kids will still LOVE it and wont even know !
Healthy wholesome snacks your kids will love
Banana slices with sun buter ( or nut butter if no allergies)
Strawberries and coconut dairy free yogurt with Healthy Homemade Granola.
Applesauce ( homemade is fun to make with the kids)
Smoothies – let the kids help make, they can add all the goodness in the blender and they will enjoy it more when they get to help. Adding fruits like berries, bananas , a little spinach for greens and topped with a little coconut milk or dairy free milk of choice. Coconut Blueberry Smoothie is super delicious smoothie your kids will love!
Homemade chocolate ice cream- Blend with high power blender frozen banana, cocoa, dash of pure maple syrup, sunbutter( or nut butter if no allergies) and canned unsweetened coconut milk( the top portion that is more solid). Blend until mixed well and Yum!
Homemade strawberry ice cream- Blend with high power blender frozen bananas , frozen or fresh strawberries, canned unsweetened coconut milk( top portion that is more solid). Blend until mixed well and enjoy!
Devilled eggs or hardboiled eggs
Homemade pumpkin muffins with mini chocolate chips-for a healthier version , make with Enjoy Life chocolate and sweeten with pure maple syrup for more natural sugar.
Hummus – made with chickpeas, tahini and olive oil and serve with carrot sticks or whole grain crackers. Let the kids help make, they enjoy eating foods that they can help make.
Black olives are always a fun snack for kids( not under 3 ) they like to put them on their fingers like finger puppets and love to eat them too!
Spiralized vegetables like carrots and cucumbers are a fun treat served with a healthy dairy free ranch dressing.
Oatmeal energy bars -melt sun butter( or nut butter if not allergic) and chocolate chips( we use Enjoy Life) in a sauce pan, To mixing bowl add rolled oats and a sprinkle of ground flax. Combine melted mixture to oats , stir and pour in a freezer safe container, Press down , cut into bars and freeze. Enjoy bars as needed and kids LOVE them.
Fun ways for kids to eat the rainbow
Getting the kids excited about eating healthy is easy when they get to help in the kitchen.
Let them make their own cooking video , kids excited about sharing with others.
Get the crafts out and let them make a chart to hang on the fridge where they can mark off every time they eat a fruit and vegetable. Make a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow to make eating wholesome goodies fun!
Immune boosting foods for kids:
Vitamin C – Red and yellow peppers, strawberries, oranges, broccoli and leafy greens
Vitamin E- Avocados , sunflower seeds, plant oils
Vitamin D-Eggs, mushrooms, tuna, fortified dairy or dairy free milk, salmon.
Zinc-chickpeas, chicken and beef
Beta Carotene- Carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, spinach, kale, cantaloupe and apricots
Good sleep and exercise are important for kids to stay healthy along with eating a good whole food diet. Healthy food can be FUN and YUMMY !