healthy snacks for kids
Choosing a snack to satiate your kid’s hunger is never easy, especially when you are hard-pressed for time and looking to incorporate both flavor and health benefits in one meal! While store-brought protein bars, beverages, chips and candies may look all innocent and fun they are, in reality, loaded with artificial coloring, harmful preservatives and even MSG. So, your best bet is to prepare something more wholesome and healthy at home.
The following healthy snacks for kids allow you to add a zest of flavor to your kid’s favorite treats, sneak in some extra fiber and protein, and even save up on your monthly expenses. So, here is a roundup of 10 kid-friendly snack recipes to appease your tiny tot:
1-Mini Apple & Peanut Butter Sandwiches
A classic combination of apple and peanut butter is full of luscious, decadent flavors that win over the heart and provide sufficient nutrition to the body. This high-fiber, high-protein snack is great for those times when you wish to reward your child for being good. Add in some cinnamon and honey for a nutty crunch.
1 cup rolled oats
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
Dash of sea salt
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup of raisins
4 medium apples
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
-Preheat the oven to 300 F.
-Mix rolled oats, flax seeds, ground cinnamon and salt in a small bowl. Then add in the honey, brown sugar and orange juice in a saucepan. Cook it over medium heat till the sugar dissolves while stirring frequently in the meanwhile.
-Remove from flame and stir in the oil and vanilla.
-Pour honey mixture over the oat mix and stir well to coat. Spread the mixture as a thin layer on a tray coated with cooking spray. Bake till it turns golden brown, i.e. for 20 minutes.
-Stir in the raisins and let it cool well.
-To assemble the sandwiches, cut each apple into about 8 slices and brush each of them with lemon juice. Spread two dollops of peanut butter on them and then garnish with granola. Press the apple slices gently on bread to make the sandwiches.
Tiny-sized granola bites offer a unique way to stuff wallops of nutritious ingredients into tasty, cute-shaped bites. These look like a grainy muffins and taste like a snack bars, so they are sure to be hit with your kids. Add in chia seeds, chopped dried fruit and a few chocolate chips to boost the taste and protein content.
1 1/2 cups of plain oats
1 cup of whole wheat flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 cup honey
One stick (1/2 cup) melted unsalted butter
1/4 cup of each of the following ( flax seed, sunflower seeds, golden raisins, shredded unsweetened coconut,)
-Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
-Combine the dry ingredients ( brown sugar, flour, oats, baking soda, salt) in a bowl and whisk together.
-Add the melted, unsalted butter and honey. Stir again and add in the coconut, raisins, flax seeds and sunflower seeds. Mix properly until it’s well combined. It’s okay if the mixture feels a little lumpy and dry.
– Then place spoonfuls of the filling on a greased pan and press the tops well to pack tight. Bake for 12-15 minutes till they turn golden brown.
3-Cottage cheese pancakes
A plate of cottage cheese pancakes is a toothsome and wholesome snack for those times when you’re too tired to prepare a gourmet dish and yet want to give your child’s their requisite dose of daily protein.
1 cup cottage cheese
1 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
2 tbsp wheatgerm
3 tbsp wholemeal self-raising flour
1 tbsp butter (for frying)
-Take all the ingredients in a blender and mix everything till it becomes smooth.
-Heat a dollop of butter in a skillet and pour the homogeneous mixture little by little. Cook every side to a golden perfection.
A delightful blend of crunchy nuts and dried fruits, toasted muesli is one of the most healthy snacks for kids. A slight drizzle of warm honey notches up the nutritional value of the dish and appeals to your child’s taste buds well.
3 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup hazelnuts, chopped
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tbsp canola oil
-Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Cover two baking trays with baking paper.
-Then add honey and canola oil in a saucepan and bring it to boil for 3 minutes.
-In another bowl mix all the seeds, nuts, oats and coconut. Add in the honey and oil mix and stir properly to coat well.
-Pour small portions of the mixture on the lined trays and bake them for 15 minutes. Ensure to stir every 4 minutes.
-Let it cool after toasting. Then stir through the apricots.
5-Rice cooker quinoa porridge
Slow cooked quinoa porridge is a great and easy way to get your kids to eat a bowl of bland porridge. Also, it’s a versatile dish, and so you can experiment by adding novel flavors. You can use your kid’s favorite sweetener and serve with a topping of fresh fruit.
1/2 cup of quinoa
1/2 cup of rolled oats
1 cup of water
1 cup of milk
1 medium diced apple
1/4 cup of chopped almonds
-Rinse the quinoa properly under cold running water.
-Add it to the rice cooker together with the oats, milk and water. Cover it and allow the mixture to cook.
-As soon as it’s cooked, remove the lid and stir. At this point, you can add in some extra milk if you think it looks dry.
-Serve lukewarm into colorful bowls and top with slices of apple slices, roasted almonds and a slight drizzle of raspberry sauce or maple syrup.
This nutritious snack doubles up as a tasty dessert, and includes two powerful ingredients- blueberry and oats. Add a drizzle of honey and a liberal sprinkle of toasted almonds, and what you have is a lovely, creamy mixture that is sure to appeal to the most fussiest of eaters!
1/2 cup no fat milk
1 cup traditional oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
¼ tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp honey
2 tsp toasted almonds
2/3 cup fresh blueberries
2/3 cup water
-Mix all the ingredients in a bowl except for the almonds.
-Divide the mixture equally into two bowls or jars. Then cover them and place it in the fridge for an hour or two.
-Top with almonds and serve cold. If your kid prefers a more liquid mixture. consider adding some more milk.
7-Fluffy cheese omelette
Kids love tucking into a soft, fluffy cheese omelette after a strenuous time of playing and fooling around. Plus, it’s easy to prepare and nutritious as well. And doesn’t pose any concerns to lactose-intolerant kids either! Serve alongside a serving of fresh strawberries for added taste.
2 eggs, separated
2 tbsp of grated cheese
2 tsp of water
-Mix the egg yolks, cheese and water in a bowl. Then take another bowl and whip the egg whites nicely until they turn stiff. Toss it into the egg mixture.
-Melt a spoonful of butter in a small frying pan and pour in the egg mixture.
-Let it cook on both sides until it turns a beautiful golden brown color. Serve lukewarm with fresh fruit or two slices of garlic bread.
8-Zucchini pizza slices
This succulent dish combines the best of two worlds: deliciousness of pizza and goodness of zucchini. It incorporates the typical pizza flavor without the dough base, and has a reasonable amount of carbs to get your kid energetic for playing and yet is light on their tiny stomachs so that they don’t get too full for dinner.
4 large zucchini
1 cup (250ml) of ready-made pasta sauce
1 cup pizza blend
spray cooking oil
-Slice the opposite ends of zucchini and slice them further into lengthwise strips. Also, line the baking tray with baking paper.
-Now, spray each zucchini slice with some cooking spray and cook it over medium heat in a skillet for 3-4 minutes each side. Remove when ready.
-Spoon dollops of pasta sauce over every strip and top it with a generous serving of cheese blend.
-Thereafter place it under grill to melt and brown the cheese slightly. Cool for 2 minutes before serving.
With this unique repertoire of healthy snacks for kids, you never have to worry again about feeding them something that is both tasty and nutritive at the same time. And the fact that they are all easy to prepare makes them even more perfect for busy, working mothers with cute little picky eaters!