Tired of your kid asking for chips, cookies, or candy at snack time?
Want them to eat something healthy without giving you a ton of grief about it?
Trying to develop the connection that healthy can also equal fun and tasty?
Check out these ideas for making fun and healthy snacks that kids of all ages will love to dig into.
One of the easiest ways to get kids to eat healthier snacks is to make it a fun experience. Cutting up a variety of fruit and skewering them on some colorful party picks will make plain old fruit seem exciting. If the kids are old enough put the cut up fruit in a few separate bowls—or an empty muffin tin—and let them create the fruit kabobs themselves. They will have a blast picking different colored fruits for their skewer. The same goes with little cubes of cheese, deli meat, cherry tomatoes, and pickles.
Want to get the family to eat more veggies? Cut them up in sticks (think celery, carrots, and peppers), discs (cucumbers and radishes) or just bite size pieces (broccoli and cauliflower) and serve them with yummy dips. Everything is better when you have something to dip it in.
Our favorite veggie dip is one that my mom has been making as long as I can remember. Everybody loves it and we cannot stop munching on fresh vegetables when there is a batch in the fridge. It is the best veggie dip I’ve ever had, and your life will be that much more fulfilled once you try it. Okay, maybe not, but it is so good (and easy) that I’m going to share the recipe with you right here and now.
Vegetable Dill Dip
1 cup Sour Cream
1 cup Mayo
1 tablespoon minced onion
1 teaspoon Seasoned Salt (I’m a stickler for Lawry’s)
1 teaspoon Dillweed
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
A few drops of Tabasco Sauce
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Let it sit for a few to merry the flavors. Enjoy!
Veggies aren’t the only things that love to be dipped. Pita triangles dipped in hummus are another delicious and healthy snack. Even fruit loves to be dipped—mix a little honey in vanilla yogurt for an easy and tasty fruit dip.
If your kid is more of a drinker than a muncher never fear—there are much better options than sugar laden juices or soft drinks. Our favorite snack type drink is the smoothie. With endless options they never get boring. They are incredibly simple and fun to make—my son loves pushing the button on the blender. Plus, you can sneak in some extra healthy ingredients without your kids having any idea—like wheat germ or flax seed.
With just a few simple things you can make smoothies for one or for a crowd. We almost always start with a base of yogurt (vanilla, plain, or fruit flavored). Then we toss in lots of fruit—bananas, strawberries, raspberries, mangoes, etc. I like to buy the frozen bags of fruit (and freeze our extra bananas when they get really ripe) which makes the smoothies really cold without having to throw in extra ice. Squeeze in a little honey and toss a bit of wheat germ on top. Blend until smooth. If it is too thick and not blending well add a little juice or milk to help smooth things out. Pour it into a glass and add a fun straw. Your family will love it and you will be happy knowing they are getting a heavy dose of vitamins that they won’t find in a can of soda.
What are some of your favorite fun and healthy snacks for kids? Please share them in the comments and together we can teach our families just how delicious healthy really is.
Holly teaches design at a small NW Ohio college. She spends her days off hanging out with her foxy musician husband and their gorgeous new baby and ridiculously smart pre-school aged son. Holly has a passion for food, photography, beautiful letter forms, and the possibilities that can be found in a single sheet of well made paper. You can read more from Holly on her blog, Artist Mother Teacher.