Healthy snack ideas for kids and yourself that are fresh and easy!
Nobody ever prepares you for parenthood the way it really is. The moment you see a positive pregnancy test brings a plethora of emotions and chills throughout every bone in your body. There’s a mixture of 2,000,000 feelings that all happen at once that can’t be explained! So much glee and joy take place as you anticipate the arrival of your little one!
You might start by reading What to Expect When Expecting, as most parents do. As you relate to the scenarios and realize all the bodily changes and emotions listed in the book are real it’s time to transition into the next step. That is picking out nursery furniture and decor! So many decisions to be made with just the nursery alone. Like are the sheets tight enough to protect my little bundle of joy? Do I get a transitional toddler bed or infant bed? How long will they sleep with us until they are even in their own room? What preschool do they need to be in? Is there a wait list… I should sign them up now!
Before that little baby is even taking their first breath outside of the womb most of us have already planned out their life for them. Trying to control every little step to keep them forever safe.
Then the big arrival day happens!
You’ve probably had your hospital bag packed for weeks, even months. Clothes and lots of healthy snacks for your husband so he doesn’t pass out. And somewhere in that bag is a beautifully printed out birth plan.
That first moment when you meet your baby is unforgettable. It is forever unconditional love at first sight.
Those first couple of years are full of snuggles, hundreds of diaper changes and major combat with sleep. The lack of sleep is real. But it does ease up. Lack of sleep because the only time to do things is late at night when they are asleep. And they always wake up early. Too early for mamma to recover from a late evening of “getting things done” even if that includes mindless TV binge watching.
Once those little munchkins start eating foods it is simple – crushers, smoothies, eggs, pureed vegetables and frozen peas! But what are some healthy snack ideas for kids? Crushers are the best because they are a convenient way to get fruits and vegetables into small children and there is no clean up. Only it can get expensive after a while. Once children reach a certain age (like 3’s and 4’s) they have a lot of opinion on what they want to eat. The only foods they prefer are pizza, grilled cheese and anything fried. Sooooo not a good idea to start that habit. It is one that is hard to quit.
Nobody prepares you for the stress of picky eaters, the opinionated brats, the ungrateful attitude after you have slaved for hours making a perfect meal or snack. The anxiety you have every second of the day as you are a mother, father, cook, nurse, psychiatrist, care taker, teacher, art director, cleaner and more. Dinner hour gets stressful and the only snacks picky eaters prefer seems to be chocolate and carbohydrates. Screaming relentlessly for what seems like hours when they are told no sure makes a parent feel beat up. Can you relate?
But all that can change by making food fun, sticking to it and keeping food healthy!
I said it would change, not erase it from life. The fun part of parenting is getting to know your child and experiencing the gift of teaching children about the importance of healthy food and nutrition. In fact it is proven that eating a healthy balanced diet can help keep emotional levels steady. And every child is different and depends on certain foods.
For example, my 4 year old has meltdowns – shocker, right?!! But most of the time it is a sugar level drop and he needs protein ASAP. For him specifically protein is his medicine. My 1 year old loves bananas as his go-to food; chock-full of potassium and healthy carbs.
Healthy Snack Ideas For Kids:
- Nuts And Seeds
Nuts are a wonderful snack to keep around for kids. They are full of protein, vitamins and minerals that are essential for brain development. Pistachios are known to help lower stress levels. Worried about choking? Cashews are delicious soaked in water. Soak for about an hour to soften before serving to young ones.
- Serve Fruit, Vegetables And Cheese In Fun Shapes With Dips
Fruit is super fun cut out into adorable shapes! Get mini cookie cutters or letter molds and cut out watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers and cheese into stars and flower shapes. Serve guacamole mixed with chunks of cilantro and break triangular chips into silly shapes.
- Homemade Hummus With Veggie Sticks
Have the kids be a part of making healthy dips by adding the ingredients to the blender.
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups canned chickpeas, drained
- 1½ tsp. salt
- 6 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons)
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. water
- Put all Hummus ingredients into a food processor. Blend until pureed. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
- No Bake Breakfast Bars
These no bake breakfast bars are incredibly delicious and amazing. One of our favorite healthy snack ideas for kids! We eat them all the time for a quick breakfast, healthy snack or even as a dessert treat! Kids love these non-processed healthy snacks that tastes like Cliff Bars!
- 1 Tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 1½ cups of quick cook oats (gluten free)
- ½ cup Gluten Free Flour
- ⅓ cup of honey or maple syrup (if Vegan)
- ½ cup Almond Butter
- 1 Tablespoon Apple Juice (2 if needed)
- 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
- 1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
- ¼ cup milk chocolate chips
- Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix. May need to knead with your hands until oats are fully absorbed with all ingredients. Add 1 Tablespoon of Apple Juice if needed.
- On a baking pan, place parchment paper on it and place your “dough” on the paper. Add another sheet of parchment paper over top. Roll out dough into a square shape until about ¼ inch thick.
- Pull up top sheet of parchment paper and sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Cover with parchment paper and lightly roll so chocolate chips sink into the dough. Place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes or more.
- Remove pan from refrigerator and slice into about 8 servings. Store in parchment paper placed in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about week.
- Homemade Whole Fruit and Vegetable Popsicles
Homemade popsicles are endless in flavors! Making them out of whole fruit and vegetables is an excellent way to get kids to eat fruits and vegetables. We love these Greek Yogurt Strawberry Popsicles. Looking for dairy free? Just use vegan yogurt!
Serves: 16 cubes
- 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
- 1 cup cashew milk (almond milk or regular milk is ok)
- ½ cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 1 Tablespoons honey
- 1 Tablespoons lemon juice
- Combine strawberries, milk, Greek yogurt, honey and lemon juice in a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into a silicone ice cube tray or popsicle mold. Add sticks right away or freeze for 20-30 minutes then insert them in the center.
- To serve, gently pop out the popsicles like ice in an ice cup tray. Or for popsicle molds let set about 5 minutes before removing.
When life is turned into fun, laughter and eating a healthy diet it is the best anecdote to concur stress… and parenting. Parenting is a hard job and spicing it up every once in a while is important. Spice up your summer with these new healthy snack ideas for kids! The kids will love them!
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