Help kids bridge the hungry hours before dinnertime with good-for-you snacks they’ll actually eat.
The dipping sauce is protein-rich Greek yogurt sweetened with applesauce and flavored with a dash of almond extract and cinnamon.
This low-sugar salsa gets scooped up with high-fiber baked tortilla chips.
So cute, kids won’t even notice they’re eating something healthy (just in case that’s a problem).
4) Carrot Chips
A healthy alternative to conventional chips. Change them up with a pinch of cayenne or cinnamon.
These crunchy chips are baked at a low temperature for 2 hours until dry and crisp. Store them in an airtight container for convenient snacking.
For crispier results, cut the veg as thin as you can. An inexpensive mandoline slicer will help speed the work.
Top tip: Add oil and seasonings after roasting the chickpeas to keep them crisp longer.
Cookies, Bars, and Bites
These popular gluten-free cookies are sweetened with bananas and dates.
For chewier bars, add 1/2 cup applesauce to the mix.
“It’s not often that I find something everyone in my house loves. I can’t keep these around. I’m constantly making them.” – Camille Miller Shipley
Another miracle no-flour, no-oil recipe made possible through the clever use of, well, all the other ingredients in the title. Plus eggs.
12) Kid Muffins
Very moist and packed full of banana, carrot, raisins, and flax seeds. To help this dense batter bake up better, use a light touch when stirring the wet and dry ingredients together.
What makes them healthy? Greek yogurt, low-fat buttermilk, and your choice of hot dog (so make it a smart one).
Keep the fixings in the fridge so older kids can put these together themselves.
You can serve these as minis (as shown) or as full-size quesadillas for bigger kids.
A good make-and-freeze option, you can eat them at room temperature or warmed up in an oven.
Use frozen bananas instead of ice cubes to make it super thick.
Spinach, avocado, and banana go for a spin with almond milk to create a tasty way to sneak in some healthy greens, beneficial fats, and potassium. (You’re going to want some of this, too.)
Nope, not just for breakfast anymore. This smoothie rocks a good balance of protein, fiber, and fruit that’ll keep kids satisfied all afternoon.
Tips for Smarter Snacking
- Get kids involved in choosing and prepping their own snacks so they’ll be more likely to eat them.
- Make it easy to choose health over junk by keeping bags of cut fruits and vegetables front and center in the fridge.
- Prep tubs of healthy dips to last through the week.
- Make and freeze baked goods in batches, and defrost enough for the coming week. Easy freeze tip: Space them out on a baking sheet, freeze until hard, then store in bags.
- Bag up non-perishable healthy snacks for kids to take to after-school programs.