10 Easy, Healthy Snacks Kids Can Make
If there's one thing we know about kids, it's that they love snacks. And asking for snacks. Like, all the time. Maybe it's time you taught them how to make their own healthy snacks.
To help kids develop habits, we gathered up 10 recipes that can either be made by kids with some light adult supervision, or whipped up with help from a parent.
Hey parents: Quick! While the kids are fixing their own snacks, this is your chance to do a quick tidy-up around the house with easy-to-use Clorox Disinfecting Wipes.*
10 Easy, Healthy Snacks Kids Can make
This recipe calls for use of a spiralizer, but if you don't have one, follow Molly's lead: "I used my mandolin to slice the sweet potato. I loved the taste of these and the ease of making them. Great recipe that I will be using again!" Caution: You might not want younger kids to use the mandolin due to it's ultra-sharp edge, but even the littlest cooks can help season the chips before they bake. Serve with their favorite dip.
Recipe creator Barbara says, "I saw a frog like this on a hotel buffet and then started making them for my kids at home as a fun, cute snack that is also healthy!"
"This is the best recipe that even comes close to the expensive store bought bars," says Aunt B. And she has a tip to make it even healthier: "I've tried substituting applesauce for the oil, and actually prefer it that way, though I increase the amount to one cup." Why not make a double batch and put half in the freezer in a large resealable plastic bag. You’ll have snack bars for weeks!
This recipe really takes SHANNON2E back: "My brothers and I used to love this when we were children. I made it for my niece when she was visiting and she loved it too! A family tradition lives on." This is the perfect recipe to let kids make all on their own. Really little ones might make a bit of a mess, but it all tastes the same.
Recipe submitter sonispencer says this is "a healthier, lower-fat, and lower-calorie version of peanut butter fruit dip. Great with crisp apples!" This is another great one to whip up at the start of the week, and either prepare fruit for dipping as needed, or slice up a bunch ahead of time and refrigerate in a large resealable plastic bag. (Toss sliced apples in some lemon juice to keep them from browning.)
"I absolutely love this recipe. It's seriously one of my favorite snacks," says Marne. This would be a great recipe to make for a playdate. It serves 10 and is known to be a real crowd-pleaser.
Hummus is a great dip for getting kids to eat veggies. Let them choose which ones they'd like to use for dipping, then prepare enough for the week and refrigerate in a large resealable plastic bag.
"This not only tastes good, it's good for you," says Jillian. "I recently got into using wheat germ and it's great with fruit and yogurt. I used fat free Greek vanilla yogurt and topped the whole thing off with a little honey." This is another recipe that even little kids can make nearly on their own. It may or may not look pretty, but if you provide the right layering options, it'll still be healthy!
If you don't have time to soak dried chickpeas like this recipe calls for, use Becksters' method: "I used canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed, and then I let them dry out on paper towels for an hour or two." Make this crunchy, salty snack as a healthy protein-packed alternative to chips.
"I used a large frozen banana, organic vanilla yogurt and one quarter cup of strawberry-pineapple-orange juice," says Sarah Jo. "The kids thought this was great." Just a little blending is all that's needed to whip up this healthy snack — an easy task for kids of most ages.
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