I also constantly find I am short on ideas for my daughter’s snacks, so I decided to try and hunt some down for myself. I looked around different places on reputable kid friendly internet sites and was very pleased with what I found. I also shared some of my own as well as some fail-proof favorites.
So, in case you need some snacks STAT and don’t have time to search around for something that is both nutritious and good, search no more!
Here are some great recipes for easy snacks made of different ingredients that even picky eaters will like. I think that at least you will find one that your kid will approve of.
Check them out below:
This snack comes from Familyfun.com and sounded both fun and delicious (as well as healthy!). For 4 servings (you can adjust as needed), you will need 4 oranges, 4 cups of orange juice and 4 cherries (optional).
Begin by cutting up the top of the orange (to get fancy, and if you have time, you can cut it in a zigzsag pattern), and take the insides of the oranges out. Remove the seeds and place them in a blender with the juice and mix well. Drop the optional seed-less orange in the empty orange rind and fill with the juice mixer. Put in freezer for about 2-3 hours. You can place the rinds on top of a muffin tin to keep them from rolling in freezer. Once frozen let the oranges soften for 5 minutes before serving. Yummy!
You will need melting chocolate, fresh bananas and popsicle wooden sticks. The amounts will vary according to how many bananas you need.
Melt the chocolate over low heat until completely smooth. Peel the bananas and place a wooden popsicle stick through one end. Dip the bananas on the chocolate so that they are all covered up and place on parchment or tinfoil paper. Put them in the refrigerator about an hour or two for a frozen treat, or leave them in the refrigerator until chocolate hardens. Enjoy!
Cheese and Fruit Kabobs
This idea came from Parents.com. Their recipe calls for cutting up fruit in cookie shapes, but you can cut them up any which way, depending on how much time you realistically have (of course, small fruits like blueberries and raspberries can be left whole).
You will need kabob sticks, your kid’s favorite fruits and some cheese. Cut the cheese and fruit all up into pieces and slide them through the kabob sticks. Voilá!
Peanut Butter Bread with Banana Slices
This is an old one, but a classic too, and is often a hit with most kids. All you have to do is smear peanut butter on (preferrably) whole wheat bread and then place banana slices on top of it. Good and nutritious.
Apple Slices with Peanut Butter and Nutella
Cut up a bunch of apple slices and place around a plate with a big dollop of peanut butter, and a smaller one of Nutella in the center. This way they will still get the yummy chocolate taste, but eat more of the peanut butter, which means less sugar!
Make the healthier type, without the heavy butter and high salt content. You can use the microwave type, or the kernels that you make in a hot pan (although this type requires some oil for the cooking, so it’s a bit more fattening). Once popped, you can sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top, a little salt, or even some cinnamon or chocolate powder to make it slightly sweet.
Pretzels and Cheese
Cut up some cheese cubes and serve with pretzel sticks to use as toothpicks for the cheese. Easy, quick and good!
Make different sandwiches using soft bread slices with peanut butter and jelly, cream cheese, chicken salad, butter and marmalade, etc… (pick your kid’s faves). Cut them up into small squares, or use a cookie cutter to make different shapes like hearts and stars. Serve with fruit such as grapes and strawberries, or with a few baked chips or plain pita chips.
These days there are many different flavors of rice cakes, which are all quite tasty, as well as relatively healthy. You can get the whole grain brown rice type for a low calorie and fiber-y snack. There are sweet flavors, such as chocolate (they are delicious!) and caramel, and salty ones like ranch and barbecue. You can serve themup with peanut butter, and/or cheese for some added protein.
Some other quick snack ideas include, tortilla chips and salsa, animal crackers, bread or pita wedges with cream cheese and/or hummus, yogurt and applesauce.
Do you have any great snack ideas for kids you want to share? Leave a comment below!Pin It