Do you struggle with snacking? Do you have a really hard time finding healthy snack ideas for kids? Are your go-to snacks something that comes in a package with a long list of ingredients? Are your kids in and out of the kitchen all day long looking for something to snack on?
Do you wish your kitchen had an ample supply of healthy snacks? Something you and your kids could snack on that wouldn’t make you feel sluggish or guilty?
Would you like to have some foolproof recipes filled with healthy ingredients you normally can’t get your family to eat?
Would you feel so much better if you had several natural and healthy alternatives to your usual comfort foods?
Do you want to have more fun in the kitchen making healthy snacks with your kids?
If you answered yes to any of the above, I’ve got you covered. Keep reading to discover several different healthy snack ideas for kids (and parents too).
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Why is Healthy Snacking So Important?
Having a good supply of healthy snacks on hand will help you and your family get through the day. When kids get hungry, they get cranky. Let’s face it, so do adults.
Healthy snacks will keep blood sugars stabilized, emotions stabilized, and behaviors more manageable. They will also help with healthy weight management and improved productivity.
Why Should You Avoid Snacking On Chips, Cookies, and Soda
Packaged, processed foods contain more chemical additives than they do actual food. Your body has to work harder to process the unnatural additives. When your body is working harder to break down unnatural foods, you have less energy for more important things. You get even more tired and cranky.
The toxins in the chemical additives can’t be digested so they circulate in your body until they are absorbed by your cells. When your cells get filled with toxins, serious trouble is just around the corner.
The choice is yours. You can either fill your body with nutrient-dense foods that promote health, energy, and vitality. Or you can fill your body with chemical toxins that cause illness, disease, obesity, chronic pain, behavior problems, and mental health disorders.
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Ok, let’s get to those healthy snack ideas for kids.
Dark Chocolate Blueberry Oat Protein Balls
On those crazy, hectic days when you’re feeling drained and don’t have the energy or time to make a healthy snack, whip up a batch of these delicious dark chocolate blueberry oat protein balls for an easy pick-me-up that will keep you and your kids feeling satisfied for hours.
You can make a batch or two and store them in the freezer. When you’re on the run, grab a couple, and the protein balls will defrost as you run your errands. Or pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds for a warm browny-like treat.
The recipe calls for no sweetener, but if your sweet tooth calls for it, add 1-2 teaspoons of stevia, coconut sugar, maple syrup, or raw honey to taste.
They’ll keep well in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet Recipe
Healthy desserts are a must in my house. I don’t want to deprive my kids (or myself) of delicious sweet treats. But, it’s really important to me that we snack responsibly. This chocolate chip cookie recipe has clean ingredients, less refined sugar, and a healthy source of protein.
Check it out here >>> Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Skillet Recipe <<<
Strawberry Chia Smoothie Bowl
Smoothie bowls are hands down the most simple and effective way to pack a ton of nutrition into one meal or snack. They also make a healthy and delicious dessert. They are so versatile! You can eat them for breakfast, as a snack, and as a dessert. The sky is truly the limit on what you can add to your smoothie bowl.
Here’s a basic, but delicious recipe to try >>> Strawberry Chia Smoothie Bowl <<<
If you want to get more creative with smoothie bowls, check out this free download, Smoothie Bowl Mayhem.
White Bean Dip with Seasoned Pita Chips
If you need a more savory snack idea, try hummus or white bean dip. Dips made with beans are filled with protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that support digestive and overall health. They will also help keep you fuller longer.
Of course, you can go to the grocery store and pick up a tub of hummus. Just like with anything else, be sure to read the ingredient labels. They can be filled with hidden preservatives, unhealthy oils, etc.
If you’re feeling creative, make your own bean dip. You control the quality of the ingredients that way. And you can add more of your favorite flavorings, spices, etc.
For a basic recipe, check out >>> White Bean Dip with Seasoned Pita Chips <<<
Matcha Bliss Balls
This recipe might be more of an adult recipe, but don’t let that stop you from encouraging your kids to try it. It is so important to help our kids develop a healthy palate.
Matcha provides a ton of health benefits including a natural source of energy. This recipe also calls for clean ingredients and less refined sugars. This recipe is a healthy source of protein, fat, fiber, vitamins, minerals, anti-aging properties, and natural energy.
Check it out here >>> Matcha Bliss Balls <<<
Conclusion and Next Steps
You know how important healthy snacking is for the well being of your family (and your sanity). Now you have some ideas to get you started. Don’t forget to grab your free downloads for extra resources.