Finding healthy snacks for kids that they will actually eat and love, can be a challenge. So today, I thought I’d share a few of my kiddo’s favorite healthy snacks.
The first one is Apple Nachos. I must agree, these are a tasty treat! We slice up organic apples. Melt some natural, organic peanut butter and drizzle that over the apple slices. Then we add some dark or semi sweet chocolate chips (organic would be best if you can find them) and that’s it! My kids gobble these up! You could add other toppings as well such as: shredded coconut, walnuts, pecans, white chocolate chips, raisins, melted chocolate etc.
Here’s an Apple Nachos recipe I found on Pinterest if you are one of those who likes to follow a recipe. Not me! I like to “guesstimate”. 🙂
Another healthy snack that my kids love are Energy Bites. I love these as well! They are sweet & packed with healthy goodness!! The recipe I am sharing below uses oatmeal, mini chocolate chips, peanut butter, ground flaxseed, honey, and vanilla. I would of course recommend using organic ingredients. You can also add or substitute shredded coconut, peanut butter chips, butter scotch chips, white chocolate chips, chia seeds, raisins, nuts, and etc. You could also use a different nut butter or sweetener…almond butter or agave if you prefer. After you make these into 1 inch balls, be sure to store them in the fridge for up to 1 week.
Here is the recipe I follow when we make these: Energy Bites Recipe.
The last snack I want to share with you is another one of my kid’s favorites…Yogurt Parfaits. These are great because they are easy to make & taste great! We use organic vanilla yogurt & a healthy granola. I found this one with dried berries yesterday at the store & thought we’d try it. I also have an organic granola that the kids love that is honey almond. There are so many different granola choices these days & some don’t taste as good as others. I was in my local grocery store yesterday in the whole food section & I was almost overwhelmed by all of the choices! You can even sneak in some extra protein and get “protein packed” granola. Your kids will never know how good this is for them. To make these, you simply need your favorite yogurt and granola. Fresh organic fruit is a great option too…strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, bananas, and etc. We layer our ingredients in a glass & dig in!
Again, if you are someone who likes to follow recipes, here you go: Yogurt Parfait Recipe.
It’s so important to offer your kids healthy snacks instead of sugar loaded junk that offers no nutritional value at all. You can make snacks that your kids will love & they won’t even know they are good for them. However, I suggest you educate your kids on the importance of eating healthy & skipping the sugar. I would also recommend you cook with your kids in the kitchen. Yes, it takes longer and it’s usually messier but it’s valuable time spent with your kids. Plus you are teaching them skills they will need as adults. Making memories in the kitchen cooking with my kids is something I cherish. So, what will your kids have for an after school snack today? Please feel free to share your comments below. I’d also love to hear your kiddo’s favorite healthy snacks.