Now that the kids are back to school, are you looking to find healthy snacks to pack in their lunch boxes that they’ll actually enjoy. It’s super convenient to grab chips, crackers, cookies and bars, but these aren’t always the best choices. Try these Quick, Easy And Healthy Snack Ideas For Kids(and adults too)!
Unless you’re reading labels carefully you may be including lots of unwanted ingredients such as processed flour and sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, BHA, partially hydrogenated oils and even trans fats. Although trans fats are currently banned by the FDA, .5 grams of trans fats in a product can still be included on a label as 0. Many of these ingredients have been found to cause everything from headaches to cancer.
One way to avoid these ingredients is to prepare your meals and snacks with whole foods-foods in their original state without processed ingredients added. You’ll love these quick, easy and healthy snack ideas.
These are some of my favorite healthy snacks which you can whip up in a snap. Even better get the kids in on the fun. All of these snacks can be wholly or partially put together by small children. Allow them to choose the ingredients and then get to work. Kids love to eat what they’ve created.
Banana Peanut Butter Wraps
Spread peanut butter over the surface of a whole wheat tortilla. Place a peeled banana on the upper third of the tortilla and roll it up. You can serve it whole, in half or cut into smaller slices.
Core an apple, then slice crosswise into four slices. Spread nut butter on two slices and top each with one of the two additional slices. Add a few mini chocolate chips to spice it up.
Ants In A Boat, Celery Snails, and Celery Caterpillars
For ants in a boat, fill celery stalks with nut butter of your choice and top with raisins, dried cherries or cranberries. Slice into three or four “boats”. You’ll find the recipes for celery snails and caterpillars here at Womansday.com. Lots of fun for the kids to make too!
Quick Trail Mix
Combine nuts of your choice(cashews, pecans, walnuts, almonds, peanuts), seeds of your choice(pumpkin, sunflower, chia, flax), dried fruit of your choice(apricots, cranberries, cherries, blueberries) and any additional fun add-ins such as popcorn, dark chocolate or low sugar whole grain cereal.
Here’s my recipe for Date Energy Balls. You’ll find many different recipes online for Energy Balls with lots of fun flavors.
Here’s my recipe for Easy Healthy Homemade Granola.
Fruit Dipped In Dark Chocolate
Chop chocolate into small pieces, place it in a microwave safe bowl and heat it in the microwave at 30 second intervals. Stir after each interval until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth. Dip pieces of fruit such as strawberries, oranges, apples, grapes one at a time in the melted chocolate. Place on parchment paper and refrigerate until the chocolate is solid, about 10 minutes. Depending on the fruit you can use your hands or a toothpick or skewer to dip the fruit in the chocolate.
Slice seedless cucumber. Spread one cucumber slice with hummus and top with another slice, continue until all of the slices are made into sandwiches.
Whatever you choose, get in the kitchen and have some fun.