Grab & Go Snacks And Easy Dessert Recipes For Kids
As the weather gets warmer and we all head outside to enjoy, it’s time to have some great snacks to fuel the kids.
Here are some east snacks on the go; also easy dessert recipes for kids!
Fruit Based Snacks
Fruits are an easy and great choice to bring along anywhere. I have been doing fruit salad lately with whatever fruits we have on hand – helps my daughter get an array of vitamins and minerals and “eat the rainbow”.
Here are some other ideas:
- Sliced apple with natural peanut butter or almond butter and a few raisins
- Frozen grapes (alone or with yogurt). If you want to do yogurt simply freeze the grapes, remove from freezer and roll in yogurt, put back in fridge or freezer.
- Fruit skewers. The kids can help make them, easy transportation and fun to eat!
- Fruit pizza for a special treat! Use a cookie as the base – I prefer homemade oatmeal with flax for the nutrition content – but any cookie will do. Spread a bit of cream cheese on top and then fruit of your choice.
Veggie Based Snacks
In my house veggies are certainly not enjoyed as much as fruit and they are not the most popular of snacks. In order to make them more appealing I usually put them with something else and in doing so it also adds some protein and calories.
- Sliced red, yellow and orange peppers filled with cream cheese
- Cucumber “sandwiches” – 2 slices of cucumber with some cheese in middle, you can even add some meat if you choose
- Celery with peanut butter and raisins
- Mini tomatoes and cheese on a stick
Crunchy green peas
- Mix green peas with olive oil and salt & pepper
- Preheat oven to 375
- Place peas on a baking sheet lined with tinfoil and bake in oven for about 35 minutes (stir them around a bit while cooking to ensure cooking evenly).
- If you want them crunchier give them a bit more time
These are delicious options that most adults can enjoy as well and you can mix a large batch together to have on hand and just portion out to go. All include nuts, but if allergies are an issue just omit!
- Mix of pretzels, shreddies, raisins & almonds
- Homemade trail mix – assorted dried fruit and nuts
- Fresh popped popcorn with raisins & almonds
Simple fruit and veg make great snacks
Add spreads to them to add protein
Mix it up!
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Allison Madigan is a holistic nutritionist. She has a strong belief in the power of food and proper nutrition to keep us in our best health and prevent disease. Allison’s goal is to empower people to make healthy and mindful decisions for themselves and their families to achieve optimal health. She has a keen interest in food sensitivities and allergies and helping families navigate this as she has gone through this with her own daughter.