When it comes to choosing food for children, it has to not only be nutritious but also attractively presented. Besides breakfast, lunch, and dinner, kids need something to satisfy their hunger pangs during recess in school, when they come home from school, or when they simply want something to munch on. In their growing years, children need healthy snacks and not candies and chips to curb their hunger.
Parents need snacks that are easy and quick to make while also providing kids with the required nutrition and energy:
1. Rainbow fruit skewers
All you need to do is cut a variety of colorful fruits in different shapes and then put them on a stick. You can also use a scooper to scoop balls of watermelon. Try using different-colored fruits like strawberries, blueberries, mangoes, bananas, kiwi fruit, and oranges. The more colors there are, the more appetizing and interesting the snack is for kids. Plus, an assortment of fruits is healthy. What’s more, this snack for kids also lets you involve children in the preparation.
2. Veggie roll-ups
This is present on all the yummy and fun to eat and equally fun to make snacks for kids lists. Use a whole wheat tortilla, add a layer of mayo, cream cheese, sour cream, or ranch dressing according to your kid’s taste. Then, add some veggies like broccoli, bell peppers, or tomatoes with onion powder and other seasonings or herbs. You can also add shredded cheese to make it more appetizing for the kids. The best part of this snack is that you can change the veggies or dressing to suit your kid’s taste buds.
3. Baked carrot chips
Baked carrot chips are appetizing and tantalizing snacks for kids. In a bowl, mix some seasoning or herbs like garlic powder, cinnamon, onion powder, oregano, cumin, and salt. Cut some carrots and brush them with oil or butter and toss them in the mixture of herbs before baking them and voila! Your homemade healthy sweet and crispy snack is ready. You can also try this recipe with avocados.
4. Apple and oat muffins
When it comes to the combination of taste and health, apples and oats are a great combination to make snacks for kids. This duo gets better if you add some cinnamon. Use whole wheat flour and crushed oats with a pinch of cinnamon to get a hearty muffin studded with red-skinned apple bits.
5. Fruit popsicles
Cut some fresh fruits into small pieces, put them in a popsicle mold, and add some apple juice. Put in the popsicle stick and freeze to get popsicles with less than 100 calories and no fructose corn syrup, which is present in the popsicles brought from the store. You can use any juice or pureed fruit and add yogurt or probiotics for variation. This is one of the most refreshing snacks for kids in summer.