Their love of snacks and dislike of dinners made me want to ensure that the treats I provided were healthy ones. If they were getting nutrition from their snacks, that was one less worry for me come dinnertime! That’s why I started adding these four fun and healthy kid-friendly snacks to our diet. Whether your child loves sweet, salty, creamy or crunchy food, you can feel good about serving these tasty treats!
Sweet – Strawberry Banana Skewers with Chocolate Drizzle
1 banana, cut into chunks
4 strawberries, cut into chunks
1 square dark chocolate
Making these treats is as easy as threading the fruit onto the skewers, melting the chocolate and then drizzling it over the fruit. Using extra-dark chocolate ensures kids are getting plenty of antioxidants, while the flavour will let them feel like they’re having a treat. For a gourmet touch, sprinkle the chocolate drizzle with flaked sea salt before serving. It will help bring out the flavour of the chocolate and the sweetness of the fruit!
Salty – Roasted Chickpeas
1 can chickpeas
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp sea salt
desired spices or seasonings
Roasted chickpeas are a quick and delicious treat packed with protein and fibre. Start by rinsing the chickpeas and drying them well. Then put them in a bowl with the olive oil and salt and toss to coat. (I used bacon olive oil for extra flavour!) Spread the chickpeas in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, shaking the cookie sheet every ten minutes or so. Then sprinkle on your desired spices, toss to coat and eat! My spice-loving oldest son loves these with chipotle chili powder and garlic salt, while my youngest prefers the simple bacon and salt flavour of the plain roasted chickpeas!
Creamy – Chocolate Chia Pudding
1 cup chocolate milk
3 tbsp. chia seeds
While this pudding takes a little time, it couldn’t be easier to make. Simply stir the chia seeds into the chocolate milk and let sit for about 40 minutes, whisking occasionally. The chia seeds plump up and thicken the milk to a delicious pudding-like consistency. Chia seeds contain fibre, omega-3, protein, vitamins and minerals, making this pudding a nutritional feast for your little ones!
Crunchy – Baked Apple Chips
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. cinnamon
With no other ingredients besides fruit and a sprinkle of cinnamon, wholesome snacking doesn’t get easier than these simple chips. There’s no need to peel or core the apples; just slice them as thin as possible (a mandolin works wonderfully for this), toss the slices in the lemon juice and spread them in a single layer on baking sheet. Sprinkle with cinnamon and bake at 200 degrees for two hours, flipping chips over halfway through baking. The crispy chips are addictive, so I highly recommend making a double or triple recipe if you have plenty of apples on hand!
With healthy snacks in the house, I’m a lot less inclined to worry about whether my boys eat all their salad or lasagna at dinner. And since all four of these snacks are so easy, they’re great for my busy lifestyle too! Give them a try and see which one is your child’s favourite. And remember, they’re all great choices for adult snacking too!
Bio: Kathryn Lavallee is the owner of the award-winning Canadian mom blog Mommy Kat and Kids. Her two mischievous boys ensure that she’s always on the go, so she loves discovering and sharing quick and easy recipes and time-saving tips for other busy moms. When she manages to get a few minutes to herself, she loves relaxing with a frothy latte and a little organic chocolate!