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12 Quick & Easy Healthy Snack ideas for Children

This is a very nice topic… Healthy Snacks for Kids! I am writing these days about school snacks, so this is definitely related to what I am currently looking at.

I have made a list of 12 healthy snack ideas for children that are quick and easy to do. The recipes included in this list can be done in under 15 minutes or less and they also require few ingredients which makes it perfect for when you don’t feel like cooking much but still need to make something healthy and fast… Plus, the ingredients required in most cases were things we usually already had lying around the house or could find in our cupboard/fridge without needing any extra trips to the supermarket (always a plus!).

1) Apple and Peanut Butter: This is actually one of my favorite snacks, with or without kids… It’s quick and easy to do and it keeps you full for longer. All you need is a nice ripe apple (that can be with skin), a teaspoon of peanut butter and you are all set! Slice the apple in wedges and spread some peanut butter on top.

2) Banana Bread: If you have ripe bananas around the house that are fast approaching their expiration date, this is a great way to use them up. This banana bread recipe is vegan friendly but it can easily be tweaked to include regular flour if needed. The main “secret” ingredient of this recipe is oat flour which makes it super moist! Trust me, it works!

3) Blueberry Muffin: This is a shortcut recipe because you can buy a box of muffin mix and add fresh blueberries, or frozen blueberries if that’s all you have around. It will require 1 cup of blueberries and the ingredients required in the box. All you need to do is add the muffin mix and add some berries into each slot in your pan (standard size). Bake for 20 minutes at 350F and they’re ready!

4) Carrot Cake Bites: Even though these are called carrot cake bites, they don’t actually include carrots in them… Intead they use crushed pineapple and cashews for this nice and moist vegan snack. You can easily make small balls out of the mixture and then roll them in some coconut flakes before serving. Oh, don’t forget to use raw cashews if you want it to be vegan!

5) Sweet Potato Chips: This is a great idea for times when you are craving for chips or crisps but also want something healthy. I have tried this recipe using regular potatoes as well, but the sweet version really goes better with my taste buds. All you need to do is peel your potatoes (I prefer skin on), slice them up into thin pieces, add some olive oil, salt and pepper and bake at 350F for about 30 minutes or until they get nice golden-brown color. Feel free to check on them after 20 minutes so they don’t get burned…

6) Fruit Salad: This is great for kids because they can prepare it by themselves. You will need about 10 minutes to cut up all the fruits you want in your salad and then another 5 minutes to combine them together in a bowl. Or you can make it more complicated, if you want! Add some fresh mint leaves at the end for some extra flavor and texture.

7) Oatmeal Raisin Cookies: Well, these are definitely not healthy but I decided to add them anyway. These are my husband’s favorite cookies ever! And no, he does NOT care about fat content or calories… He eats whatever he wants whenever he wants. What he DOES care about is taste though… And these cookies have the perfect amount of sweetness. Just make sure to use good quality organic raisins because nothing ruins a cookie like moldy dried fruits…

8) Kale Chips: These are great for kids that have just started eating green veggies. You can take any type of kale you have around, wash it well and then cut the leaves into smaller pieces. Then you coat them in olive oil and roast at 350F for about 15 minutes or until they get nice little brown spots on top. Sprinkle with salt before serving.

9) Watermelon Popsicles: Watermelon is fresh during summer time so why not be creative with it? These popsicles make this healthy snack idea even more fun! You can use whatever molds you want (you will need something that makes ice cubes so it doesn’t melt as quickly), and you can add different fruits such as blueberries or strawberries for extra flavor.

10) Banana Walnut Bread: I love banana bread, I think it is the best way to use ripe bananas! And this recipe uses walnuts too which makes it even better in my book. All you need to do is use all-purpose flour (can be substituted with whole wheat flour if preferred), ground cinnamon, baking soda, salt, eggs and brown sugar and then mix well before adding mashed bananas and chopped walnuts and mixing just a little bit more. Bake for 40 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from the center of your loaf pan 🙂 Enjoy!

11) Baked Apple Chips: This is another great snack idea for kids and adults alike. They get to use their creativity while preparing this one, so it’s even more fun! Just get rid of the core from your apple slices and coat them in lemon juice before putting on parchment paper and baking at 300F for about 2 hours.

12) Grilled Pineapple With Cinnamon Sugar: You can definitely buy this kind of dessert already made somewhere but making it homemade always tastes better 🙂 And if you want to lose weight, you should definitely bring some extra ingredients to sprinkle on top such as cinnamon powder and black pepper… These will add just a little kick without ruining the taste (believe me, I tried).

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