Thinking of healthy snacks for kids can be hard, and getting them to eat them can be even harder. We're excited to have Danielle sharing some great ideas to make snacking healthy and fun!
Hey Freebs! It's Danielle here with Enjoy Life. Eat Cake. I'm here today to talk about healthy snacks for your kids. I don't know about you, but I can't tell you how frustrating it is when I put time, effort, and money into fixing my kids snacks to just have them refuse to eat them!
Sometimes the hardest part about feeding your kids healthy snacks is thinking up ideas. Today, I've got some great nutritionist and mom-approved healthy snacks, along with a few helpful tips to get your kids to eat them. Keep on reading to learn more!
HEALTHY SNACK IDEAS FOR KIDS
Do you ever get into a snack rut at your house? The struggle is REAL! Here are a few healthy snack ideas for you and your family.
SNACKS FROM YOUR FRIDGE
- Cheese: There are so many delicious cheese options! String cheese, Laughing Cow Cheese, Baby Bell Cheese, Motezzola balls, individually packaged cheese, the list could go on! To save money, try buying a large block of cheese and then slicing it into small sticks.
- Watermelon slushie: We are all about watermelons during the summer! This watermelon slushie recipe is a delicious, easy and refreshing snack during the summer.
- In season fruits and vegetables: Trying to figure out the best seasons to eat your fruits and veggies without breaking the bank can be difficult, but don't worry! You can read all about how to buy produce and keep it fresh.
- Raw sweet potatoes: Peel and slice like fries, then dip them in ranch. This is a yummy alternative if you are like me and don’t like carrots.
- Edamame (soy beans): You can go fresh or frozen. I've even heard of people eating them frozen!
- Yogurt: Did you know you can freeze yogurt cups for a healthy frozen snack for your kids? Just stick a popsicle stick through the lid and stick them in the freezer. I've also made frozen yogurt bites and my kids loved them!
- Hard boiled eggs: Make a large batch in your Instant Pot to make it extra quick and easy!
SNACKS FROM YOUR PANTRY
- Peanut butter protein balls: These are so delicious and so easy to make! Pinterest has a ton of recipe ideas. They're definitely a go-to healthy snack for kids in our house.
- Mixed nuts or trail mixes: Nuts are a great way to add healthy fats into your diet.
- Raisins or other dried fruit: Individually wrapped raisin boxes are a great alternative to your average fruit snack. My daughter enjoys the regular raisins, craisins, or yogurt covered raisins. You can also save money buy buying a large canister of raisins and individually portioning them into small snack baggies.
- Roasted chickpeas
- Apple slices and peanut butter
- Hummus and pita chips/bread
- Popcorn: Lightly salted popcorn is a great healthy snack for kids that provides fiber.
- Fruit leather: Try and find brands which contain no added sugar, like Stretch Island. You can also try making your own!
HOW TO GET KIDS TO EAT HEALTHY SNACKS
Now that you have some ideas, here are some tips for encouraging your kiddos to eat these healthy snacks.
CREATE A FRUIT/VEGGIE TRAY
We have all seen fruit and vegetable trays at the grocery store. They are super convenient, and we often buy them for parties and get togethers. But have you ever thought about just keeping one in your fridge for snacks? They are so easy to make yourself, and cheaper, too! Having fruits and vegetables which are already washed, cut and ready to eat can make it so much easier to feed your hungry kids healthy snacks.
The best way to help your kids truly enjoy eating healthy snacks and foods is to regularly offer them healthy options and then allow them to choose whether or not to eat them. By providing them with a fruit/vegetable tray to snack from, they can choose the foods they want without wasting. Also with time and exposure, you may be surprised to find your kids are willing to branch out and try some of the new fruits or vegetables in the tray!
ROTATE YOUR SNACK OPTIONS
By rotating your healthy snack options, you are exposing your kids to lots of new foods and flavors. This will help them develop a liking for a wide variety of foods. Don’t be afraid to throw in those “unhealthy snacks,” too. Everything can fit into a healthy diet and it is important to teach your kids to enjoy all foods instead of fearing certain foods!
I usually try to switch up our healthy snacks for kids every 2 weeks or so. That gives them enough time to get brave enough to try new things, but also allows you to introduce something new before they completely get burnt out and don't want to eat that snack for a long time again.
LEAD BY EXAMPLE
As parents, kids watch our every move and love to copy what we are doing. This idea is also true for food. Showing your kids you enjoy eating healthy foods will encourage them to try those foods as well. The more you show your kids that you enjoy eating healthy foods, the more likely they are to enjoy them too!
Alright, well there you have it! There are some of my favorite healthy snacks for kids, along with some ideas to get them to eat them as well. I'd love to know what your kids snack on. Let me know in the comments!
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Hi, my name is Danielle! I am the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist behind Enjoy Life. Eat Cake. I love everything about food; I love to eat it, study it, and prepare it. My goal is to take all my formal education in nutrition and translate it into tips and tricks to make eating healthy easy, enjoyable, and affordable.