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10 Easy and Healthy Snacks for Kids
1. Oatmeal in a cup. This has to be the easiest snack in our house. We just take some instant oatmeal, add some hot water and microwave it for a few seconds. The kids then add any toppings that they want – dried fruit, chopped up fresh fruit, coconut, some natural sweetener or even a few chocolate chips.
2. Ants on a log: Cut up some celery sticks, spread some peanut butter on them and a few raisins.
3. Yogurt Faces: Cut up all the fruit you can find, and let the kids play around with yogurt and fruit on a plate. You can make animals, faces or anything that comes to mind.
4. Seaweed Chips: A favorite in my house, cut up Nori (roasted seaweed) into strips and let them snack on them.
5. Sweet Potato Fries: Cut up some sweet potatoes into strips, season with salt and paprika or your spice of choice and bake at 450 degrees for about 35 minutes or until you get the desired texture you want.
6. Yogurt Snack Bar: My kids are always up for some frozen yogurt like the kind that you can find in those Froyo shops and so many times we set up shop at home. I will put out little containers of all the little toppings (keeping most of them healthy) and the kids will mix and match toppings. Our toppings usually include raisins, pieces of strawberry, coconut, berries (frozen ones work well too) and chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate.
7. Dehydrated Vegetables and Fruit: If you have a dehydrator, it is super easy to make a quick, healthy snack. Slice up apples and make dried apple slices, or slice up some of your favorite vegetables like sweet potatoes, beets or kohlrabi, season with salt and place overnight in the dehydrator. Kids love this crunchy alternative to chips.
8. Frozen Grapes. We stick some grapes in the freezer and when we want a snack, we munch on the frozen grapes.
9. Carob Hot Chocolate: This is a healthier alternative to hot chocolate. Mix some carob powder with milk, cinnamon and some sweetener of choice and you get a nice warm drink.
10. Vegetable Popsicles: Make your favorite smoothie and add some kale or greens inside and freeze into popsicles. The kids will love them.
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About the blogger: Keren Brown is Chief Evangelist at www.kitchenbug.com and a mom of 3 kids under 5.