My kids ask for a snack about 200 times a day. Most often I give them cheese, yogurt, or a cracker, but I've been trying to get a bit more creative with snack time (or sneaking lunch into snack time). Fun and creative kids' snacks makes snack time or lunch more fun and encourages kids to try new foods. Here are some of the fun and healthy snacks for kids I've made recently that make fruit, cheese, and even veggies a lot more appealing for kids.
These cute little animal-inspired crackers put a smile on my daughter's face. The whole grain cracker makes the animals' head, with raisin eyes, cheese hair, and strawberry ears. I made a kitty and a puppy, so my toddler and preschool daughters couldn't fight over which one was the best. Both dog and cat are cute little edible pets and include 4 of the 5 food groups! Fruit (strawberries and raisins), dairy (cheese), grains (whole grain cracker), and protein (peanut butter). Mommy and child win!
Homemade juices are wonderful treats for moms and healthy snacks for kids! My daughter was so stoked to try one of these pretty drinks. If you're concerned about these sweet kids drinks looking too much like an alcoholic drink, skip the sugar rim and add a straw for your little one. Or if you're making it for yourself and want to splurge a little, add a douse of citrus rum. I added rum and realized I could drink waayyyy too many so I skipped the rum the next round. Try out these delicious refreshing drink combinations for yourself! I call my homemade juices "refreshers" because I added water to make them thinner than a smoothie.
Strawberry Banana Refresher - Blend together a handful of frozen strawberries, 1 banana, lime juice, 1 cup water (or coconut water!), and a handful of ice to make this delicious tropical drink.
Honeydew Mint Refresher - Blend together a few slices of honeydew melon, orange juice, lime juice, muddled mint, 1 cup water (or coconut water!), and a handful of ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint and enjoy!
Healthy smoothies are extra fun for kids if they get to drink them from an Eco-friendly food pouch. Yummi Pouch reusable food pouches make it easy to take healthy snacks for kids such as yogurt, applesauce, and smoothies to the park. You can fill them over and over again, and wash them by hand or in the dishwasher. Yummi Pouches open with a top resealable seal which make them easy to fill and clean.
These fruit-dipped yogurt sticks are delicious and so easy to make. I just skewered blueberries and blackberries onto a wood stick, dipped it into a yogurt tub, and set the dipped fruit sticks on a plate in the freezer over night. My daughters (ages 2 and 4) practically inhaled them when they discovered them; they had 3 dipped berry yogurt sticks each. Dipped fruit yogurt sticks are a great way to encourage kids to eat fresh fruit and enjoy a sweet treat that isn't infused with tons of sugar. I will definitely be making these again in the near future!
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These cute fruit plates also produced surprising results. My kids who never eat vegetables, actually bickered over who got to eat what. What?! I don't know if it's because these fruit plate pinwheels are irresistibly pretty or just a novelty, but my kids loved them. My 2 year old daughter has been eating sugar snap peas all over the house every day since I made these. Mommy win! To make, just arrange fresh fruit and veggies in a simple design on a plate. I added ranch to the veggie plate, which also included peas, bell pepper slices, and sliced olives. My fruit plate pinwheel included sliced and skinned peaches, cut strawberries, and blackberries, blueberries and raspberries, awesome healthy snacks for kids! Be prepared to make a large arrangement, because these fruit pinwheels won't last long!
These fizzy popsicles are simple to make with clear soda, berries and gummy bears. Just pour sprite or ginger ale into your popsicle molds and drop in cubed strawberries, blueberries, or gummy bears. Allow your homemade fizzy popsicles to freeze overnight. Kids will enjoy the fresh bits of fruit or chewy gummy bears inside, as they lick these tangy homemade popsicles.
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We love these awesome Yummi Pouch snack time essentials from Revelae Kids. Featuring modern cloth sandwich bags and snack bags (best sellers on Amazon for back to school!) that are available in 16 colorful prints! Yummi Pouch sandwich bag sets include 3 water resistant sandwich bags featuring modern patterns designed for kids. Yummi Pouch cloth sandwich bags are great for holding a standard sandwich or an oversized helping of crackers, dried fruit, or healthy snacks for kids such as apple slices. I even use these modern cloth bags for organizing bottle accessories and teethers in my diaper bag.
Yummi Pouch cloth bags also come in a snack bag size. These Eco-friendly Yummi Pouch cloth snack bags can be tucked into a Yummi Gear divided lunch box for kids, designed to be easy to open for little hands. Yummi Gear lunch boxes feature 3 compartments and come in a set of 4 lunch boxes that are decorated with colorful lids.
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Mark all your school gear with dishwasher safe name labels from Revelae Kids. These chevron name labels make it easy to cutely label all your kids' school supplies and lunch time gear. Made from long lasting vinyl, they are dishwasher safe and usable with a permanent marker or dry erase marker. I've had one on my baby boy's bottle for more than 6 months now and run it through the dishwasher many times.
What are your family's favorite go-to kids' snacks?
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