As parents, we all know the struggle of finding healthy snacks that our kids will actually eat. It can be easy to grab a bag of chips or a sugary treat, but those options aren't the best for our kids' health. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun and healthy snack ideas that kids will love.
Here are 10 of my favorites to help you get started.
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1. Fruit kabobs
Simply cut up a variety of fruits and skewer them on a stick for a fun and colorful snack.
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2. Homemade trail mix or granola
Allow kids to mix together their favorite nuts, seeds, and dried fruit for a healthy and satisfying snack.
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3. Ants on a log
This is a classic that still satisfies: Spread peanut butter on celery sticks and top with raisins.
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4. Yogurt parfait
Layer yogurt, granola, and fresh fruit in a clear glass for a pretty, delicious, and healthy snack.
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5. Smoothie bowls
Blend together your child's favorite fruits and veggies and then serve in a bowl with toppings like granola, coconut flakes, and chia seeds.
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6. Apple nachos
Slice up apples and top them with peanut butter, chocolate chips, and coconut flakes for a sweet and crunchy snack.
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7. Frozen yogurt bark
Mix together yogurt, honey, and your child's favorite fruits and then freeze. This easy treat makes for a cool and refreshing snack and is much healthier than ice cream!
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8. Sweet potato or kale chips
Slice sweet potatoes thinly or cut kale and bake in the oven for a crunchy and healthy snack.
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9. Popcorn with nutritional yeast
Pop some popcorn and sprinkle on nutritional yeast for a cheesy and flavorful snack.
10. Energy balls
Mix together dates, nuts, and seeds and roll them into bite-sized balls for a nutritious and portable snack.
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These are just a few ideas to get you started on healthy snack options at home. With a little creativity and some healthy ingredients, you can create plenty of fun and healthy snack options for your kids!
Naida Wolf is the publisher of Macaroni KID Perth Amboy to Woodbridge to Linden, N.J.