Parents usually try making every effort to see kids grow healthy and strong. It makes us happy to see them eat nutritious food without any fuss. But, children prefer taste over nutrients and we too had such preferences in our childhood, which is natural. Don’t you agree? But, we can’t blindly allow our little children to have their choice of less healthy food too often. So, we need to get creative and make healthy snacks that suit the taste of our kids.
Here are a few kid-friendly snack ideas, that are colorful, packed with nutrients, and taste great too. As kids differ in their food preferences, you can try making these snacks with ingredients that your child loves, by replacing any ingredient you feel that your child is either allergic to or doesn’t usually like eating, so that your efforts and the food don’t get wasted away.
Pita bread with hummus
Hummus is a creamy spread made from chickpeas, tahini (paste of ground sesame seeds), lemon juice, garlic, olive oil, and ground cumin.
Pita bread with hummus makes a nutritious and tasty snack that can be paired with some sliced apples or carrots.
Energy balls made of all nutritious and natural ingredients such as dry fruits and nuts with no added sugar make a healthy and tasty snack.
For the energy ball recipe with dates, figs, and nuts, watch this video from my channel Rancy’s Insight
Peanut Butter dip with sliced apples, banana, and pears
Peanut butter is nutrient-dense and pairing it with fruit slices makes a healthy snack that tastes great.
To make the peanut butter creamy and easy to dip, mix it with at least one tablespoon of plain yogurt.
Using whole grain bread, veggies/chicken/egg and cheese make a delicious and nutritious snack.
You may also use avocado in a sandwich. As sandwiches are usually dry, it is important that you add a drink such as fresh fruit juice.
Rainbow fruit skewers
Based on your child’s taste, you can choose fruits of different colors such as strawberries, grapes, kiwi, pineapple, dragon fruit, and melon.
Slice the bigger fruits and cut them into shapes and sizes of your choice. Use the type of skewers that kids are comfortable with. Fix the fruit slices on skewers in a pile. You can pair them with healthy dips.
Chapati (Indian flatbread) with paneer bhurji (Indian cottage cheese- scrambled)
Crumbled Indian cottage cheese can be tossed with stir-fried onion, tomato, bell peppers, and spices of your choice.
It tastes wonderful and makes a nutrient-loaded snack that can be eaten with Indian flatbread made from whole wheat flour.
It is always good to know different ideas for kid-friendly nutritious snacks as we can’t keep serving them the same snack over and over again. Do share your own ideas of healthy snacks for kids, in the comments section, that can be helpful to parents.