In case it’s not glaringly obvious, I am not a creative or crafty mom…but, I am really good a copying others ideas and ordering stuff off Amazon…so there’s that. In fact, a lot of my ideas and recipes can be filed in FAIL category. Thankfully my family humors me and tries most of what I make (I mean, I totally bribe them sometimes but hey, whatever). So in true Amazon Prime-Mom style, I’m going to give you a few tips and share with you MY Pinterest board (click here) for Kid Approved Healthy Snacks. Oh and if you have a Picky Eater, there’s a tab (coming soon) for you. You’re welcome.
Kids don’t need fancy (thank you Jesus), but putting a fun twist on something healthy can lessen the amount of eye rolls and whining. So here’s what works for us! We keep fresh fruits and veggies on hand at all times in our house. Apples, bananas and cuties can always be found on our kitchen table and strawberries, grapes and other in season fruits are kept at their eye level in the fridge. Everything with a skin that you eat is washed in a vinegar/water bath and dried before it goes in the fridge or on the table. We stick with organic as much as possible and while I know that’s not in everyone’s budget, sticking with whole foods vs pre-packaged snacks WILL save you money in the long run.
As far as actual recipes are concerned, our girls eat what we eat. There are no special ‘kid’ recipes and in my opinion, there shouldn’t be. The snacks are where we (ok, you) can get creative. Kids have THE best imaginations so let them experiment in the kitchen! Ask THEM what they want, let them help you pick out healthy snacks at the store and make it a family challenge to try something new at least once a month. Through it all, they’ll learn a few basic kitchen skills, gain a sense of pride from their contribution and learn that healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring or gross.
Here are a couple of our favorites:
Frozen Yogurt Drops
This is one of our favorites that the girls can make all.by.themselves. Can I get an amen, please?! We use the tubes of Annie’s or Stonyfield yogurt for these.
Grab a piece of wax paper and lay over a plate or cutting board. Snip the end and squirt onto wax paper in small dots. Top with a few sprinkles if desired. Place in freezer for 30ish minutes and voila! Peel them off the paper and enjoy. If they don’t eat them all, just place the paper back in the freezer. They keep well. Nothing fancy or hard about those, but they love them because they made them and they have sprinkles, duh.
You will need:
1 apple, cored/sliced
Spread a little peanut butter on one side of the apple (not on the skin). Place a few marshmallows on top. Spread peanut butter on another apple slice and place of top the apple with marshmallows. Make sure the narrowest parts of the apple are touching so the skin on the apple faces out to look like lips. You should now have a funny looking smiley face. Or a goofy grinned creation like ours. 😉 They really are cute and a couple of mini marshmallows isn’t going to kill anyone.
All the pins in this Pinterest board were all found by my daughters. It’s something we do together if we’re stuck somewhere waiting. We pull out my phone and I let them browse Pinterest for new recipes/snacks to try. It’s a great way to pass the time, silence the “I’m bored, how much longer” and get them involved in their healthy choices.
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