I have 5, “always hungry”, kids. So we try to limit snacking to healthy choices. They get very excited about a snack. Here are a few healthy snacks for kids that we have pretty regular.
I always try to have frozen fruit on hand for a quick smoothie. The beautiful colored smoothie in the picture is a beet and strawberry smoothie. To make the beet strawberry smoothie you’ll need a 10oz bag of frozen beets and a 10oz bag of frozen strawberries. In your blender layer 1 cup of vanilla yogurt, one 10oz bag of beets, one 10oz bag of strawberries, and about a cup of milk. Turn on the blender continue adding milk till you have a smooth texture that you like. This makes 6-8oz glasses of smoothie. You could also make a dairy free beet strawberry smoothie with any nut milk.
Other smoothie combinations; Spinach and blueberry or a mango, pineapple and coconut oil, think pina colada! Yum!
Yogurt is a healthy, probiotic-rich snack. We use plain yogurt so we can control the flavor and sweetness. These 1 cup jars make for perfect portion control too. I just fill the jar with plain yogurt and drizzle about 3 teaspoons of real maple syrup on top, maybe some vanilla and give it a good shake. TaDa-yogurt cup!
Apples with a Peanut Butter Fruit Dip
This is a fan favorite around here when apples are in season. When apples are in season we buy them by the case from Azure Standard. This fruit dip can be packaged in the half cup mason jars for a great addition to a lunch or an on the go snack. Mix together about 1/2 cup of organic yogurt, 1 Tablespoon of honey or maple syrup, and 1/3 cup of organic (or homemade) peanut butter. Mix until it is smooth.
Blueberry muffins can also be a pretty healthy, sweet treat snack. These muffins are made with sprouted einkorn flour but you can use any organic pastry flour you like.
Homemade jello is so easy to make. Using a grass-fed gelatin makes it a healthy snack. I made a grape, chia seed jello this week. Heat 3 cups of organic grape juice and 1 cup of water in a sauce pan. When the liquid is warm, whisk in 4 teaspoons of gelatin into the warm liquid. Pour the mixture into 4-1 cup jars and add 1/2 teaspoon of chia seeds to each jar. Put the jars of jello into the refrigerator to set up. Gently shake the jello every hour to keep the chia seeds from sticking to the bottom of the jar. When the seeds stay off the bottom of the jar refrigerate at least 1 hour, then enjoy!!
Cheese sticks are always a great healthy snack for kids. My kids wear me out with their likes and dislikes. Even though they “like cheese on this but not that” and “not melted” or “only like it sliced this way”, I usually don’t get crazy requests with plain ole cheese sticks. You can buy organic cheese sticks in the grocery store or just slice it right off the block and store in the 1 cup mason jars. I buy a 5 lb block of raw sharp cheddar cheese from Azure Standard and that usually takes care of our cheese needs for the month.
Homemade Sourdough Crackers
Homemade sourdough crackers are something you have to plan in advance because it will be a 2 day process. However, you will know exactly what is in your cracker!!! So these crackers are a treat around here. I have a dear friend who has a great step by step video on making your own sourdough crackers.
Strawberries and Cream
This is a super quick healthy snack loaded with fat to satisfy hunger, for a little while. Whip some heavy whipping cream with a little real maple syrup or raw honey. Slice some fresh strawberries and fold them into the whipped cream.
This should keep the kids snackin’ for a little while. Blessings!