As parents, we want to make sure that our kids grow up happy and healthy. This means ensuring that they stay active and are eating nutritious foods that are good for their bodies. This is well and good. But the problem, and we think all parents can agree, is that kids can be quite challenging to feed.
It’s easy enough to find healthy recipes online, but it will be a great feat to get it from your kid’s plate to their tummies. And we all know that our young ones can get really, REALLY picky at times! The solution to this problem is to create meals and snacks that are not only appealing to children but are packed with tons of nutritious ingredients. Take, for example, these Apple Donuts. They look like donuts but are actually apples with delicious toppings! Genius!
We wouldn’t go as far as to call it fooling your kids into eating fruits and veggies, but what it is using a strategy that allows your little ones to enjoy their food while making sure they get the nutrients they need to stay healthy. What can we say? We gotta get creative, right?
To help you out in your quest to make nutritious dishes that your children will love, we put together a list of healthy and delicious snacks that are great for afternoon munchies or special after-school treats. These yummy goodies are packed with wholesome ingredients and are sure to satisfy even the pickiest of kids!
1. Apple Cinnamon Fruit Roll-Ups
First up on our list of healthy and delicious snacks are these Apple Cinnamon Fruit Roll-Ups. Remember those fruit roll-up candies that you get at the store? This is exactly like that, except for the fact that these fruit roll-ups are a whooole lot healthier than the ones you buy from the store!
This sweet confection is something your kids will truly enjoy partly because it looks like candy, but mostly because of its delicious flavor. The apple and cinnamon combo? Now, that’s some top-tier stuff right there! Aside from its tastiness, it’s also a healthy snack for your little ones. Apples contain fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants, while cinnamon has effective antibacterial and antifungal properties!
The recipe for these fruit roll-ups only calls for five ingredients and has a prep time of 20 minutes. Although just a heads up, dehydrating them in the oven will take a bit of time, around three hours. So, we suggest setting aside some time to make them or doing them on your free day. It can be a bit time consuming, but we promise that the result will be worth it!
Enjoy these fruit roll-ups today! Check out the recipe here.
2. Lunchbox Sushi Sandwich with Turkey and Cheese
If you’re looking for something exciting to add to your kids’ lunchboxes, then this Sushi Sandwich with Turkey and Cheese will do just the trick!
Just like adults, our little ones can also get bored of the same old lunches. So, it’s always good to mix things up and try creating new dishes that our children will love. And this sandwich does precisely that! For one, it looks like sushi, which we think adds to the novelty of the snack and makes it so much fun to eat. Plus, it’s got veggies and protein, so your kids get the dose of nutrients and energy that they need for the day!
This sushi sandwich is easy and quick to make. You can even finesse your prep time by buying pre-shredded carrots and cheese for speedy sandwich making! To make this, you’ll need spinach tortilla or sandwich wrap, some cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, turkey breast lunch meat and shredded carrots.
Once you have your ingredients ready, cut the tortilla’s edges to create a square shape, and spread your cream cheese along the edges. Spread the mozzarella evenly over the tortilla, then arrange the turkey slices and carrots on top. Now, it’s rolling time! The trick is to roll the sandwich tightly and to press down as you finish, so the cream cheese “glues” the sushi sandwich together. Cut into 1/2″ slices, and there you have it! An exciting and fun lunch that your kids will absolutely adore!
Get those sushi sandwiches rolling! Click this link for the full recipe.
3. Cauliflower Grilled Cheese
Grilled Cheese with ordinary white bread? That’s overrated. Make it a Cauliflower Grilled Cheese, and you’ve got us signed, sealed, and delivered. We’re all here for it!
When they said that this recipe would prove that bread is overrated, they weren’t lying. We don’t think we’ll ever look at a grilled cheese sandwich the same way again. You won’t either, once you try this healthy and delicious snack alternative! There are many reasons why this recipe is terrific, but one thing we love about it is that it’s a healthy and creative take on an otherwise plain and simple dish. It takes the basics of a grilled cheese sandwich, and couples it with a super nutritional component (a.k.a cauliflower), magically turning a mundane snack into a nutritious and unique treat that your kids will love!
The first step to making this grilled cheese sandwich to make the cauliflower “bread.” Put your cauliflower florets in the food processor until the texture resembles rice. Then in a bowl, combine the cauliflower, eggs, parmesan, and oregano. Mix until combined and season with salt and pepper. The next step is to create two small patties out of the mixture. This will be you “bread slices.” Fry them up in a skillet over medium heat and add in as much as cheese you want. You’ll know it’s done once the cheese gets all gooey and melty! You can even have some tomato soup on the side for the complete Cauliflower Grilled Cheese experience!
Wanna try this recipe? Head on over to this website for the list of complete instructions and ingredients!
4. No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites
We love carrot cake, but honestly, who has the time to go through prepping, baking, and cleaning up? Luckily, we found this recipe for No-Bake Carrot Cake Bites and we’ve never looked back since.
This recipe is a fuss-free and time-saving take on the usual carrot cake. There is zero baking involved, and it only takes 20 minutes to whip up! Amazing. It’s quick and easy to make, but it doesn’t stop there! These carrot cake bites are extra healthy, too. They’ve got a generous serving of nuts, dates, and carrots. All of which have a ton of nutrients and health benefits. They are so tasty; your kids won’t even notice the veggies in it!
There are only three steps to making these delectable carrot cake bites. First is to use a food processor to pulse the carrots until they’re finely ground and then transfer this to a plate. Next, add in the dates and pecans and process until thoroughly combined. Return the carrots to the food processor and add in the remaining ingredients. The last step is to form the mixture into balls, and you’re all set! Transfer to an airtight container, and your carrot cake bites can last up to a week in the fridge. Though, we think they won’t last that long with how irresistible these are…
Click here for the recipe!
5. Quick and Easy Popcorn Balls
Popcorn has definitely earned its spot on the list of The Best Snacks of All Time. Everyone loves snacking on popcorn, whether they are 9 or 29. But what if we told you we found a way to make them even yummier?
Yup, it’s true! We have found the ultimate recipe for popcorn balls! It’s a healthy and delicious snack that’s perfect for lazy afternoons or movie nights with the family. And you can even have your kids join in on cooking with you! Get creative with your flavors: bring out some fruits, nuts, plus other healthy mix-ins and have a blast creating these quick n’ easy popcorn balls with your little ones! As we said, you can get innovative and create your variations of this recipe, but we’ve got a Caramel Apricot version that we would love to share with you!
First, you’re going to need six cups of popcorn. We prefer using the kind you cook over the stove because it’s got fewer preservatives than the microwavable ones that come in a packet. Once you’ve got your popcorn, mix the brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat. Once it’s melted, continue to stir until it darkens. OK, for this next step, you need to be extra careful. Set a bowl of ice water beside you then immediately pour the sugar mixture over the popcorn. Mix in the apricots and quickly dip your hands into the ice water and grab a handful of popcorn mixture. Shape it into a ball and place it on a lined baking sheet.
After your popcorn balls have cooled and formed, they’re now ready for munching! Remember to store them in an airtight container, so they stay fresh and yummy! Happy Snacking ?
Click over here to find the full recipe!
6. Homemade Cheez-Its
We are big fans of the original Cheez-Its, and we think it’s a great snack. But as parents, we always do our best to find healthier options. While looking for healthy and delicious snacks, we stumbled upon this recipe for homemade Cheez-Its and were instantly reeled in!
You can make these homemade crackers in under an hour, and we think they’re great, especially if you need snacks for a road trip or looking for a new treat to wow your kids with! The recipe comes with flavors like gruyere and black pepper, classic cheddar, and even a mozzarella-basil combo that tastes exactly like pizza in a cracker! Our stomachs are rumbling just thinking about it!
To make the classic cheddar Cheez-It, the first thing you need to do is to add all your ingredients except the cold water into a food processor. Pulse until the dough is crumbly and no large chunks are visible. Transfer the dough into a mixing bowl and add cold water in 1 tbsp. intervals until the dough holds together. After, roll it out and cut out fun shapes using a cookie cutter! The final step is to bake it in the oven for 12 minutes and Ta-Daa! You’ve got yourself a tray of mouth-watering, delicious and healthy homemade Cheez-Its!
Pop on over to this website to find out how to make your own Cheez-Its at home!
7. Healthy Chunky Monkey Muffins
Muffins are super yummy, but they taste even better when they’re homemade and are packed with healthy and nutritious ingredients!
We don’t know what it is, but kids go crazy for sugary treats like chocolate and candy. And while these snacks taste good, they aren’t healthy, nor are they suitable for your little ones! This recipe for Chunky Monkey Muffins satisfies both your child’s sweet tooth and does the job of providing them with the nutrients they need to grow up big and strong!
These muffins are uber chocolatey, but they’re made with wholesome ingredients that have good health benefits. It’s got Banana, which contains a high potassium content and a soluble fiber called Pectin that helps regulate bowel movement and aids in improving muscle performance. And it also has Greek yogurt, which helps your little one develop strong bones and protects the body from harmful bacteria!
Delicious and nutritious? Count us in! Find the recipe for these Chunky Monkey Muffins here!
8. Whipped Pineapple Pops
If you’ve ever been to Disneyland, you’ve probably had one of their most famous desserts called Dole Whip! For our readers who don’t know what Dole Whip is, it’s a creamy, pineapple-flavored soft-serve ice cream that you can find at various snack spots around Disneyland. It’s a must-try when you visit the theme park, but we found a recipe that mimics the iconic dessert so your kids can enjoy these delicious popsicles in the comforts of your own home!
These pineapple pops are refreshing, tart, and are the perfect treat to have on a summer afternoon while your family is chilling by the pool. They’re an easy, healthy, and nutritious snack. Plus, they’re homemade! Which means you can pick which natural and wholesome ingredients you want to include in the recipe. For example, you can use fresh pineapples instead of the canned ones from the grocer, and you can also use any kind of milk. So, you can choose to add in almond or coconut milk instead of using half and half or cream!
For this recipe, you will only need three ingredients: 5 cups of pineapples, 1 ½ cup of your preferred milk or cream, and one medium-sized lime. To make this, follow these five easy steps: First, juice your lime and then blend the pineapples and the lime until it is smooth and frothy. Next, combine this mixture with your cream or milk and then pour it into popsicle molds. Freeze until hardened and enjoy! Making this treat is as easy as 1,2,3. The only difficult part would have to be controlling your kids (and yourself) from eating all the popsicles in one go!
Make these delicious Whipped Pineapple Pops for you and your whole family! Check out the recipe here.
9. Broccoli Cheesy Bread
Kids are experts in sniffing out vegetables in their food, but we think we found a recipe that will make them forget they hated green leafy veggies in the first place!
This Broccoli Cheesy Bread is sure to turn non-Broccoli fans into believers. It’s cheesy, it’s yummy, and it’s very, very healthy! What else do you have to look for in a snack? The first thing you have to do is to microwave your riced broccoli for 1 minute to steam. It’s essential to make sure that you carefully ring out extra moisture from the broccoli using a paper towel or cheesecloth. This will ensure that your bread is crisp and not soggy. The next step is to transfer the broccoli to a large bowl. Add the egg, mozzarella, parmesan, and garlic. Season this with oregano, salt, and pepper. Once that’s done, transfer the dough to a baking sheet and shape it into a thin, round crust. Bake until golden and top with the remaining cheese until it is melted and the crust is crispy.
After you take the broccoli bread out of the oven, garnish with parsley and serve it with a side of Marinara! Your kids will love this dish and is a surefire way to get them to eat their greens without all the fuss ?
Link to the recipe here!
10. Chewy Honey Granola Bars
Our list of healthy and delicious snacks for kids won’t be complete without the good ol’ granola bar. Granola bars make the perfect snack, whether it’s for a quick afternoon munch or packed in a lunch bag for your little ones to enjoy at school because they’re filling, nutritious and versatile. There are so many variations you can do, and you can experiment with all kinds of healthy mix-ins to see which ones your kids love the most!
Although there are many ways to make granola bars, this recipe goes back to the basics and channels the classic flavors we all know and love. It’s got all the good stuff: honey, nuts, cinnamon, raisins, and of course, chocolate!
These are super easy to make. Just mix all your dry ingredients and then combine the honey, butter, and vanilla in a small bowl. Pour over the oat mixture and stir well. Next, coat your baking pan with cooking spray and bake the granola mixture for 14-18 minutes or until it is set and the edges are lightly browned. Let it cool on a wire rack, and there we have it! A tray of perfectly baked granola goodness ready for your kids to munch on!
Want to try these Chewy Honey Granola Bars? Click here for the recipe.