Healthy snacks to make with children
In a previous blog we explored many ways of encouraging healthy eating in your children, and involving children in the food preparation process as well as having healthy snacks on hand can be an important way of discouraging binging on biscuits, sweets or crisps when hungry.
Whether it’s just as an after-school snack, or for an upcoming kids party, here are a few of our favourite healthy snack recipes for making with your kids!
Kids eat with their eyes just like we do, so this fun and healthy dip can be a great way to get some veg into your kids with no complaints!
You will need: one bell pepper, houmous (shop bought or home-made) and one olive!
- Take a bell pepper (any colour you like as octopuses come in all shapes and sizes!) and cut off the top 1/3 of the pepper. De-seed the bottom 2/3rds and put to one side.
- Chop the top of the pepper into strips to make the ‘tentacles’!
- Spread houmous – shop bought or home-made – into a shallow bowl.
- Place the bottom half of the pepper in the houmous to make the body of the octopus, and use 8 of the pepper strips around the outside to form the tentacles.
- Chop the olive into round slices and stick two to the pepper with a little houmous to make the eyes! Kids love doing this bit too.
Recipe and image courtesy of https://www.superhealthykids.com/will-your-kids-eat-this-octopus/
Another way to make a heathy food appeal to your kids!
You will need: tortilla chips, one avocado, a wooden skewer and small piece of paper, half a lemon, and some sour cream.
- Half the avocado and take out the stone. Spoon out the avocado from the skin and put in a bowl with a dollop of sour cream, and squeeze in some lemon juice.
- Mash the avocado, sour cream and lemon juice together to form the dip
- Use the skewer and piece of paper to make the sail for your boat. A great tip is to let your kids decorate this while you are busy making the dip!
- Surround with a ‘sea’ of tortilla chips, and a lego pirate or two if you have any handy!
A super quick one, and a great way of getting more veg into your kids! This idea uses cucumbers as the ‘bread’ of mini sandwiches, and are fun for kids to assemble however they want them too!
You will need: a cucumber, fillings of choice: eg. slices of cheese, soft cheese, ham, slices of tomatoes
- Slice cucumber into slices a few mm thick.
- Use a cookie cutter, or just a knife if you don’t have one to hand, to make slices of the fillings such as cheese and ham a similar size to the cucumber. If you’re feeling brave you could use tuna mayo!
- Assemble your sandwiches! Soft cheese is a great way to make the layers stick together too.
We hope you enjoy these snacks, and getting creative with your kids in the kitchen!