The Best Snack Ideas for You and Your Kids

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You can tell just by the pull on your pant leg — your little one wants a snack. Rather than reaching for the same old box of crackers or handheld yogurt, though, you want to mix things up. Plus, you’re feeling a bit peckish yourself, and you’re looking to avoid the processed type of “kid-friendly” foods.

Fortunately, there are many snacks kids and parents can enjoy together. Whip up any one of these eight snacks and dig in, now that everyone’s hungry: 

1. Ants on a Log

You might remember this tasty treat from your childhood. It’s simple enough to make — after slicing celery stalks into smaller pieces, fill their natural divot with peanut butter. Then, top it off with raisins or other dried fruit, such as cherries. 

It takes five minutes to whip up this snack, and it brings all the health benefits of celery to you and your kids. The green veggie is jampacked with antioxidants, fiber and vitamins, all of which will make you and your kiddos feel equal parts nourished and satisfied. 

2. Spiked Hummus

No, we’re not talking about that kind of spiked. This hummus recipe features all the usual ingredients — chickpeas, tahini, lemon and olive oil. But you’ll also swirl in a bit of barbecue sauce, the flavor many kids love. With that addition, they’ll be begging to dip veggies and pita bread into the resulting goodness. Additionally, they’ll barely notice the healthy beans and fats they’re getting with each bite. And, we promise, you’ll enjoy munching on this savory snack, too. 

3. Fruit Kebabs

There are plenty of ways to get your children to try healthy foods, such as sprinkling them with a teeny bit of sugar to make them tastier. You could also try making their fruits and veggies look better, thus making them more fun to eat. These fruit kebabs fit the bill. All you have to do is fill a skewer with bits of fruit in the order of the rainbow. You can do the same with veggies, although you might have to prep a dip to go with them. 

4. Roasted Chickpeas

Your kids probably love crunchy snacks, so add a new one into the rotation. You can quickly roast a tray of chickpeas with added spices and cheese for flavor. If your kids like these, you can search online for even more varieties. You’ll find sweet and savory options that the whole family will love to munch on between meals. 

5. Apple Chips

On that note, you can transform more than just legumes into a crunchy snack. Grab a few apples, remove the cores and slice them horizontally into chips, rather than slices. Then, lay them flat on a baking sheet and sprinkle them with cinnamon. They’ll bake for two hours at a low temperature, which slowly dehydrates them into the perfectly munchable chips your kiddos crave. Better yet, there’s no added sugar in this sweet afternoon treat!

6. Coconut Oil Popcorn

You are what you eat — and most Americans reach for three snacks each day. So, make yours something that nourishes your body. 

Popcorn’s the perfect alternative to the easy, grab-and-go snacks you and your kiddos crave. You get a bit of saltiness, a lot of crunch and much healthier fiber to boot. Plus, your kids won’t complain if you counter their request for chips with a bowl of popcorn — especially this recipe, which includes healthy coconut oil and a tiny bit of butter for extra flavor. 

7. Homemade Fruit Snacks

This recipe won’t work for vegetarian moms and kids. However, if you’re open to a bit of gelatin in your diet, then you might want to start making your own fruit snacks. 

The ones you buy in the store often come with loads of sugar or unnatural flavors and colors that you don’t want to give to your kids. You can make an at-home, all-natural version with frozen berries, honey, lemon juice and gelatin. And, as you know, your children will never say no to fruit snacks. 

8. Mini Eggplant Pizzas

Never forget that you always have pizza in your arsenal. Kids will never say no to a cheese-and-tomato-sauce combination. And that’s true even if you follow this recipe, which makes eggplant the pizza base instead of dough. 

If you don’t have eggplant on hand, grab an English muffin and split it between you and your kid. Just pop a bit of spinach or another veggie on top to make your pizza snack into something nutritious and super delicious. 

Enjoy a Bite Together

Your kids may be picky eaters, and you’ve probably seen them recoil in the face of vegetables. However, these clever snacks feature healthy ingredients that hide beneath amazing flavors that kids crave — and, let’s face it, that you crave too. So, try the above recipes and get ready for a snacktime revolution. It’s time to eat healthy, even if your little ones have no idea. 

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