Parents know how important snacks are to help keep kids energetic and happy. Because Wellness is one of our core principles, we love giving parents ideas for quick and healthy snacks to make at home. Try these healthy snack ideas for young children today.
Veggies and dip
According to a study by the Center for Childhood Obesity Research at Pennsylvania State University, 64% of children were more likely to eat vegetables if they’re paired with a dip.
Store-bought dips are quick and convenient, but you can also make your own dips at home in no time at all. For example, you can grate half a cucumber, and mix it with half to a quarter cup of plain yogurt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Making your own simple dips at home is a great option if your child is a picky eater.
Busy parents love quick and customizable wraps because they are infinitely customizable. Try these wrap fillings to give your child a healthy snack:
- Cream cheese with your child’s favorite raw vegetables
- Hummus with leftover rotisserie chicken and cucumber
- Cheddar cheese and ham
- Scrambled eggs with spinach and onion
- Peanut butter with banana slices
To turn these wraps into a complete meal, serve them with additional items on the side, such as cut veggies or yogurt.
Homemade ice pops
Children love ice pops on a hot day, but parents often don’t love the added sugar. With an inexpensive and reusable ice pop mold, you can have more control over the ingredients. Try these homemade ice pop ideas for homemade ice pops:
- 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt and ½ cup frozen berries, blended together
- ½ cup of plain Greek yogurt, two ripe bananas, and ¼ cup of peanut butter, blended together
- 2 cups of almond or coconut milk, two ripe bananas, and honey to taste, blended together
- 2 cups of orange juice, 2 cups fruit of your choice, blended together
Peanut butter and banana cookies
With only three ingredients, these homemade cookies are quick and easy to prepare. You can also add in other ingredients like raisins and walnuts, depending on your child’s tastes.
Recipe: Get the recipe for 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Cookies from Feel Great in 8
Healthy mini muffins
Making a batch of muffins at home doesn’t have to take up a lot of time, and you can rest easy knowing that you’re in charge of the ingredients. Bring a couple of these mini muffins with you on the go so you can prevent hunger-based meltdowns when you’re out and about with your child.
Recipe: Healthy Toddler-Friendly Mini Muffins from The Busy Baker
With these ideas for delicious and nutritious snacks, your child will get the energy and nutrition they need to help them enjoy their day, and you’ll love how easy they are to make!
Find ingredients for these recipes and more at one of the many grocery stores in Katy, TX: