August 27, 2019

Recipe roundup: Easy-to-make snacks for kids

Healthy and easy snacks for kids.

Need ideas for after-school treats? Boost your kiddos’ nutrition with these crowd-pleasers. Here are some healthy and easy snacks for kids.

Red, White & Blue Yogurt Parfaits

It’s a double triple threat: It’s got just three ingredients, and it’s a perfect option for breakfast, a snack or an easy, healthy dessert. If you use farm-fresh berries, you may be able to forego a flavored Greek yogurt in favor of low-fat plain. What better combination than this as an ideal snack for kids!

Homemade Hummus

You’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make this protein-rich snack fave at home. Whipping it up yourself will allow you to control the sodium content and to add ingredients your little ones love (or to leave out the ones they don’t). The black bean option here is especially kiddo-friendly — just leave out the cayenne if they’re not fond of heat.

Healthy Trail Mix

Road trips are fun, but they can sure wreak havoc on your healthy eating habits. Keep the cravings at bay with this trail mix recipe, which offers sustenance — dried fruit, whole wheat, almonds — alongside treats like popcorn and chocolate tips.

Vanilla Banana Almond Smoothie

A healthier riff on that warm-weather standby, the milkshake, this homemade protein smoothie will satisfy even the sweetest of little sweet teeth. Bonus: It also makes for a great on-the-go breakfast for busy mornings.

No-bake Granola Bars

For those days when it’s just too hot to fire up the oven, turn to these 15-minute no-bake bars. This is filled with kiddo-approved flavors (honey and peanut butter) and mom-approved ingredients (dates, almonds and rolled oats). Add this to your list of easy and healthy snacks for kids!

Cowboy Caviar

Use your kiddos’ love of anything “chips and dip” to get them to branch out with a batch of this bean-and-veggie dip. It’s easy to modify, so feel free to leave out the bell pepper or add in some tomato. Whatever you think might entice!