As a mother, I can relate to the struggle with getting kids to eat healthier. Â While I care about the amount of sugar and bad fats they may take in with the foods they eat along with any nutritional value offered, they could care less (as expected). Â This “struggle” has inspired me to get a little creative in thinking of ways to get them to eat more of the things I know they should…many times without them even knowing it (think Sneaky Chef!). Â If you can relate then maybe you will find helpful this list of creative, nutritional snack ideas for kids I have compiled. Â Be sure to check back for recipes!
- Smoothie Pops: Turn your fave smoothies into frozen pops the kids can enjoy. Â Full of fruits and vegetables that will provide the nutrition they need while offering the cool, sweet taste of frozen treats they are sure to enjoy these especially on a hot, summer day. Â It’s a win-win!
- Frozen Fruits: Fruits such as bananas and grapes freeze very well. Â Frozen bananas can be mashed into sort of an ice cream while frozen grapes are easy to grab and go.
- Dessert Pizza: This is actually one of my faves! Â Instead of a traditional pizza with tomato sauce use cream cheese instead as a spread. Â I typically sweeten the cream cheese with a little sugar or honey. Â Then top this with your fave fruits such as apples, strawberries, kiwi, and any others you may like. Â I like to first soften my apples and add cinnamon to them before adding them to the pizza. Â To top it all off, you can sprinkle the pizza with graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, or your fave sauce such as chocolate or caramel sauce. Â This is definitely a winner!
- Vegan Cookies: Did you know that there are actually HEALTHY COOKIES? Â Even ones that contain CHOCOLATE?? Â Yep…you probably have never thought about it but a quick online search will take you to some of these recipes, one which I have included here from the Minimalist Baker website. Â Now you don’t have to care about limiting the number of cookies the kiddies attempt to eat…well…I wouldn’t recommend allowing them to eat too many because then they may not leave you any!
- Chocolate Smoothie: It may be difficult to get the kids to drink smoothies. Â But what if the smoothies tasted like their fave chocolate shake? Â I have a recipe for a smoothie that tastes so good you won’t believe it is actually healthy! Â With ingredients like 100% cocao (antioxidant rich), almond milk (also antioxidant rich and less fattening than regular milk), flax seed (good source of fiber and is fat/salt/cholesterol/gluten free), and bananas (good source of potassium) this is definitely a real treat for all. Â I like to top mine’s with a little lite whipped topping for an extra treat. Â Very tasty!
- Fruity Taco Salad: Here’s a snack that may help your kids eat more fruit. Â This treat only requires tortillas sprinkled with a cinnamon-sugar mixture, cut into triangles then baked to make them into chips. Â Top the chips with fruit salad. Â To make it even more interesting, try adding some whipped topping and sprinkle with graham cracker crumbs. Â After typing the description of this I want one for myself now!
Hopefully this information is helpful to you. Â It is important for kids to get the proper amount of nutrition they need to grow healthy and strong. Â To encourage them with indulging in these healthier snacks I suggest eating with them. Â But as good as these snacks are I’m sure you were going to do that anyway 🙂