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5 Nutritious and Tasty Healthy Snacks for Kids
Apr 14, 2024 | 4 min
5 Nutritious and Tasty Healthy Snacks for Kids

Introducing healthy snacks into your child's daily routine is more than just a way to keep hunger at bay; it's a crucial part of fostering a lifelong healthy eating habit. With a little creativity and simple ingredients, snacks can be nutritious and fun, making them something kids look forward to. 

In this blog, we’ll explore five fun and healthy snacks for kids. These snacks energize their day, whether packed in a school lunchbox or as a yummy afternoon treat. 

1. Fruit Rockets

Encouraging kids to eat more fruit is much easier when presented in a fun and engaging way. Fruit Rockets are visually appealing and packed with nutrients, making them perfect as healthy snacks for kids. This snack is especially great as a creative and healthy snack idea for school celebrations or a nutritious playdate treat.

Ingredients:

  • A variety of colorful fruits, such as grapes, strawberries, and melon balls
  • Bananas for the rocket's base
  • Wooden skewers or safe, reusable sticks for assembling

Preparation:

  • Begin by washing all the fruits. Cut strawberries in half, slice bananas into thick rounds, and scoop melon into balls using a melon baller.
  • Start by sliding a banana slice onto the skewer—this will be the base of the rocket. Then, add other fruits in a sequence that pleases the eye and balances flavors. Finish with a pointed strawberry at the top to create the tip of the rocket.
  • Arrange the fruit rockets on a platter in an upright position to make them look like they’re ready for takeoff. 

2. Veggie Cups with Hummus 

Veggie Cups with Hummus are a fantastic way to incorporate vegetables into your child's diet in a fun and appealing manner. These individual servings make great healthy snack ideas for school lunches or even as a nutritious afternoon treat. Easy to prepare and packed with flavor, these cups are a wonderful option for parents looking for healthy afternoon snacks for kids. 

Ingredients:

  • A variety of fresh vegetables, such as baby carrots, cucumber sticks, bell pepper slices, and cherry tomatoes
  • Your choice of hummus (plain, garlic, or red pepper for a twist of flavor)

Preparation:

  • You can either use store-bought hummus or make a simple hummus at home by blending chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice, and garlic. This adds a personal touch and allows you to control the ingredients for a healthier option.
  • Wash and slice the vegetables into sticks or bite-sized pieces that are easy for kids to handle and dip.
  • Place a small amount of hummus at the bottom of each small, clear plastic cup. Then, stand the veggie sticks vertically in the cup to stick out of the hummus. 

3. Cheese and Turkey Roll-Ups

Cheese and Turkey Roll-Ups are a hit among kids and a fantastic option for parents looking for healthy snack ideas for school. This protein-rich snack is simple to prepare, delicious to eat, and fun to unroll, making it a perfect choice for healthy afternoon snacks for kids.

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat tortillas for a fiber-rich base
  • Thinly sliced turkey breast, a lean source of protein
  • Slices of your favorite cheese, such as cheddar or mozzarella
  • Optional: lettuce, tomato slices, or a smear of mustard for extra flavor and nutrition

Preparation:

  • Lay out the whole wheat tortillas on a clean surface. If using optional ingredients like lettuce or tomato, wash and prepare these.
  • Place a couple of slices of turkey and a slice of cheese on each tortilla. Add the optional ingredients if desired. Roll the tortilla tightly around the fillings to create a compact, easy-to-handle snack.
  • Slice each roll-up into bite-sized pieces, making them easy for kids to eat during snack time or lunch. The slices also make the roll-ups more manageable and fun to eat. 

4. Yogurt and Berry Parfait

Yogurt and Berry Parfait is not only a delicious treat but also one of the easy healthy snack recipes for kids that you can quickly whip up. Perfect as a fun healthy snack for kids, this parfait can be a wonderful addition to a nutritious breakfast or a delightful healthy afternoon snack for kids. Its layers of creamy yogurt and vibrant berries make it visually appealing and incredibly tasty. 

Ingredients:

  • Greek yogurt for a creamy, protein-rich base
  • A mix of fresh berries such as strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries
  • Optional: a sprinkle of granola or a drizzle of honey for added texture and sweetness

Preparation:

  • Start by spooning a layer of Greek yogurt into a clear glass or jar. Follow this with a layer of mixed berries. Repeat the layers until the glass is almost full.
  • Top the parfait with a final layer of berries, and if you like, sprinkle some granola on top for a crunchy texture or drizzle a bit of honey for natural sweetness.
  • Yogurt and Berry Parfaits can be served right away or refrigerated for a couple of hours to allow the flavors to meld together.

4. Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet potato chips are an excellent choice for parents seeking healthy snack ideas that are tasty and nutritious for school. These chips are easy to make and serve as a great alternative to the store-bought versions that often contain excessive salts and fats. They are not only fun healthy snacks for kids but also a wholesome option for a healthy afternoon snack. 

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, washed and thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • Optional seasonings: cinnamon for a sweet twist or paprika for a savory touch

Preparation:

  • Set your oven to 250°F (120°C). This low temperature helps dehydrate the sweet potatoes slowly, ensuring they crisp up without burning.
  • Use a mandoline slicer or a sharp knife to slice the sweet potatoes thinly and evenly. This consistency is key for perfect chips.
  • Toss the sweet potato slices in a light olive oil coating and a salt sprinkle. Add any optional seasonings at this time. Arrange the slices in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 2 hours, turning the chips halfway through to ensure they cook evenly. Watch closely towards the end to avoid overcooking.
  • Let the chips cool completely on the baking sheet to crisp up further. Store in an airtight container to maintain their crunch. 

Wrapping Up

Offering a variety of fun and nutritious snacks is a wonderful way to encourage healthy eating habits in children. Each option provides essential nutrients needed for growth and development and delivers on taste and convenience, making them perfect for school lunches or as an afternoon treat. 

By incorporating these easy healthy snack recipes for kids into your daily routine, you can ensure your little ones enjoy delicious and nourishing snacks that energize and satisfy them throughout their busy days.  

FAQs

1. How can I make sure my child's snacks are balanced with essential nutrients?

To ensure your child's snacks are balanced, include a mix of carbohydrates, proteins, and healthy fats. Pairing cheese with whole-grain crackers or hummus with veggie sticks provides a good balance of these essential nutrients. 

2. Are there any creative ways to make fruits and vegetables more appealing to kids?

Create fun shapes and colorful skewers like Fruit Rockets, or serve them with tasty dips like hummus or yogurt to make fruits and vegetables more enticing to kids.

3. Can you provide snack ideas that are suitable for children with dietary restrictions or allergies?

For children with lactose intolerance, offer snacks like roasted gluten—and nut-free chickpeas or dairy-free yogurt parfaits with berries. Always ensure snacks meet specific dietary needs while being nutritious.

4. What are some fun snack recipes that kids can help prepare in the kitchen?

Involve children in making snacks like energy balls or assembling their own yogurt and berry parfaits. These activities are fun and help children learn about healthy ingredients and simple food preparation. 

5. How can I encourage my child to choose healthier snacks over sugary or processed options?

Educate your child about the benefits of healthy eating and involve them in selecting and preparing their snacks. Make healthy options easily accessible at home and limit the availability of sugary or highly processed foods. 

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About The Author

Maurice Maffeo
Culinary Director, Delicut

Chef Maurice Maffeo has over 30 years of experience in the culinary world. He has been executive chef to top names in the middle east like Carlucios and Cafe Bateel and Strada Group of Restaurants in the UK.

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