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Kids need healthy snacks to help them go from one meal to the next. When the screaming starts in my house it usually means that one, or both, of the toddlers is hungry. As well as planning for dinners and lunches I’ve started planning snacks as well so they don’t catch me unprepared. Here’s my list of recipes for healthy snacks for kids to make. I hope you find it useful too.
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Recipes for healthy snacks for kids to make
- I love these healthy toddler bites shared by Kate because they are so easy your toddler can make them, and it doesn’t matter if they eat the ‘raw’ ingredients while they do. We made some last week as Miss E’s first baking experience, she decided she didn’t really like them but Master J has been chomping on them for days!
- Kalyn shows you how to make your own fruit snacks. It does involve some hot liquids but once the fruit is cooled your little one can help you cut it into squares. These healthy snacks are so delicious even daddies can’t get enough of them!
- I’m not sure you can technically class this cookie mix as a ‘healthy’ snack for kids to make, but if you let your little ones have a treat once in a while then they’ll love to help you prepare this in time for family movie night.
- This banana soft serve is the perfect snack for kids because it’s so healthy they’ll have fun eating it for breakfast.
- Did you know that popcorn counts as a vegetable as well as a wholegrain? I didn’t until today, but it seems that popcorn is the perfect snack for picky kids (and mums!). Tricia has the directions for perfect popcorn made from kernels, and shares her three favourite toppings too.
- Sometimes the best snack ideas are those that let your kids imaginations run wild, like Stephanie’s idea for a bagel bites and veggie parrot. Why not gather up the ingredients and see what your child creates for their snack.
- Next time you’re making pizza keep a bit of the dough aside and make some of Shari-Lynne’s cheesy filled breadsticks they’ll be perfect for a preschool snack the following day and they look delicious!
- If you little ones love to make shapes with play dough why not let them help you in the kitchen and make some alphabet and number pretzel snacks.
- Most kids love food served on a stick so for an after school snack with a difference why not try making these sausage and biscuits on a stick together.
- Here’s another great healthy snack idea for family movie night, a popcorn bar, set out a huge bucket of popcorn with little pots of healthy toppings and let the little ones go to town creating their own popcorn.
- If your kids love smoothies but you never seem to have time to make them from scratch when their craving strikes why not make up a batch and then freeze them as smoothie cubes. This way when your kids ask for smoothies you can just take a cube from the freezer, add some milk and blend it up.
- And for a more savoury healthy snack for kids why not try some of these yummy bacon and egg muffins.
Help your tot learn to drink from an open cup with Oxo Tot
If you’re going to be serving up healthy snacks for your kids then the best drink to serve with them is good old water. I’ve not given my toddlers anything other than water and milk so far and I plan to keep them away from sugary drinks and juices for as long as possible.
My kiddos are now 20 months old and they are still drinking from toddler cups with straws and non leak valves. They both love to drink their water and then throw their cups on the floor when they’re done.
I think if I just had one child and I could watch them like a hawk to make sure they didn’t spill their drinks I could have introduced open cups by now. But I’m playing the twin mum card and I just don’t have enough eyes or hands to monitor them both at once.
Of course I know that sooner or later they’re going to have to master drinking from a real cup which is why I was delighted when Oxo Tot sent a little package in the mail, and inside we found a pair of brightly coloured sippy cups with training lids.
The training lid is a circle of plastic that fits inside the top of the cup with little holes cut around the edges to let the water through, so your child can learn to sip. The plastic disc is supposed to stop the water flooding out if they tip the cup up too far.
Despite not having a lot of practice with open cups I know that they understand the concept because they love to drink imaginary tea from their tea cups so we put a small amount of water in the cups and put them to the test.
Master J is a pro. He knew exactly how far to tilt the cup and was sipping his water happily. He did have one episode where he forgot what he was doing and tipped the cup just a little too much and ended up with water down his top. I guess the little holes still let the water out, just not as quickly as a completely open cup.
Miss E on the other hand needs some assistance. She put her mouth over the rim just right but then couldn’t tip the cup far enough so no water came out. So she put her lips agains the plastic lid and tipped it some more, and of course ended up a little wet.
We’re using the cups at lunch time every day and the kiddos are getting more adept every time. Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can remove that plastic lid completely and let them drink their water unassisted.
I do wonder if the design might be even better if there were only one little hole in the plastic, you know more like a lid they give you for your coffee at Starbucks. That way the child could learn to sip but would be less likely to get wet if they over tipped the cup.
That said, if you’re just about to start introducing a sippy cup to your child then I can’t recommend these cups highly enough. The quality is great, so much better than some of the supermarket cups I’ve bought. And I love the fact that they grow with your child, from sippy cup with handles, to training cup with handles to open cup with no handles.
Healthy snack coupons
Before you rush out to the store to buy your healthy snack ingredients take a quick look at these coupons and see if you can save money. Just click on the yellow get coupon button and you can print them from your computer. If you’re on your smartphone or tablet you can uses the Print Later facility to email them home.