Healthy Snacks Kids Can Easily Make Themselves

Giving kids good healthy snacks keeps their energy levels up and blood sugar stable. Kids will eat more at main meals if they’re not ravenous. These healthy snacks are perfect for kids that are constantly on the move. Between sports practice, school, and social activities, these easy “grab and go options” are real foods with quick fuel.

Raw Food Snacks

Raw bars are usually a mix of seeds, nuts, and other natural goodness. Two of the best kinds are Live Raw and Two Moms in the Raw (which are quickly occupying more space in grocery stores everywhere). Their lines include fun flavors for kids and adults alike.

Almond Butter Treat

Almond butter is a heart-healthy, fat-healthy, and fibrous source of nutrition. You can easily make your own almond butter with a good blender, but if you’re looking for some at the store, try buying individual mini packets in bulk to save money. To help with portion control, and to make a fun treat for your kids, try making almond butter lollipops. Dip a spoon into a jar of almond butter, put the almond butter-covered spoon into the freezer for a few minutes, and then add a slice of banana or a drizzle of honey on top. Kids can lick the spoon as they watch TV or read.

Veggies with Hummus

Hummus is great for so many reasons. It’s easy to transport, it’s full of protein, and it adds smooth, creamy goodness to any cracker, veggie, or sandwich. Slice up some cucumber, carrots, and snap peas to throw in a plastic bag, and put two generous dollops of hummus into a small Tupperware container. You can also do a healthier version of “ants on a log,” adding raisins and hummus to the crevice of celery instead of peanut butter and chocolate chips.

Kale Chip Snack

Kale chips are crunchy, crazy healthy snacks. They’re easy to make at home, too—there’s no need to run out and buy the kale chips that are now selling for almost $10 a bag. Remove the leaves from the stems of a large head of kale, then massage olive oil over the kale (substituting avocado or hazelnut oil if you feel like getting a little crazier). Add some pink Himalayan salt. Many store-bought brands of kale chips also include nutritional yeast to boost protein content, and you can easily do this yourself. Meanwhile, you can add apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to help increase crunch.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a quick and easy source of healthy fats and proteins. As a bonus, they’re a versatile snack, and add crunch to any dish. You can sprinkle these delightful “pepitas” on top of a salad or into a trail mix. You can also bake them in chili powder and lime to give them a zesty kick.

Trail Mix

Trail mix doesn’t have to be full of artificial crackers and chocolate, though many modern incarnations are. Try making dried apple slices and add them to a mix of peanuts, almonds, pecans, and cashews. A nut mix with some natural sugar from fruit provides a great supply of protein, healthy fats, and fiber.

Blood Orange

Blood oranges are a colorful snack, easy to take on the go, and provide a ton of Vitamin C.  Snack at sports events for added fuel and hydration  instead of bringing the traditional orange kind.

Soybeans

Edamame doesn’t have to wait for a sushi night. These little greens guys of powerfully nutritious pods. They have lots of protein per serving, and they’re often used by vegans and vegetarians as a way to get essential vitamins. To save time, buy the kinds that have already been removed from the shell, and choose a low sodium option if one is available.

Grapes

Grapes are a great, colorful snack, and they’re easy for little ones to eat. Keep them on the stem and pop a hefty bundle into a plastic bag to go. Grapes have antioxidants, and many studies have also linked them to other positive health benefits. Like reduced LDL cholesterol and increased brain health. For a sweet and sour treat, snack on some white mozzarella cheese, its low in carbs and balanced with fat and protein.

Tuna Avocado

Tuna salad is a classic kitchen favorite, yet it is often made with unhealthy ingredients. To preserve the nutritional value of tuna (which is full of protein), pair it with avocado for a creamy blend. Take one avocado, then add tuna, add chopped celery and diced onion for some texture. You can put this mix in Tupperware to eat alone, or you can use it as a dip or spread for whole wheat pita slices.

Puberty is an especially important time in a kid’s growth cycle, typically happening for girls between ages 8-13 and boys at ages 10-16.  Healthy meals are critical to kids getting the fuel and nutrition their bodies need, but healthy snacks between meals can help stave off hunger attacks and cranky moments.

Kids in the Kitchen: Healthy snacks kids can make themselves

If your kids are ready for a snack, there’s no reason to reach for the Cheetos. This summer you can encourage them to eat right by encouraging them to participate in the process.

The Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids

Experts tell us the best way to teach kids healthy eating habits is to involve them in the process. This irresistible cookbook presents 60 appealing recipes kids will beg to make themselves, in fun and charming illustrations they will love. Bursting with color, humor, cute animal characters, and cool facts. (Did you know your brain actually shrinks when you’re dehydrated? Drink water, quick!). Help Yourself empowers children to take charge of their own nutrition for now and for life! Recipes include: fun-to-munch hand-held snacks like Life Boats bright fruit-flavored drinks. Tickled Pink the always-popular things on toast like Leprechaun Tracks salads they will actually eat. Tiger Stripes cozy small meals like Tomato Tornado and sweets like chocolatey Disappearing Dots.

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