When it comes to nourishing our children we should be really careful. Their minds and bodies are growing and the food affects them the most. These snacks should be light, delicious, energy- and brain-boosting at the same time. So, how to make your kid eat healthy snacks, especially veggies? That’s a real challenge. Check out the list of healthy and yummy homemade treats that are simple to make. Well, you do need some time to dehydrate or freeze some of these snacks. But it’s totally worth it!
1. Honey Glazed Baby Carrots
The simplest way to make your kid fall for carrots. They are an excellent source of beta-carotene. One medium carrot counts as one serving of our daily vegetables. Try this recipe:
In a frying pan melt 110 grams butter, then add 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1 tbsp honey. Mix it well and add over 10-12 baby carrots, cook over 15 minutes on medium heat.
2. Strawberry Gummies
These funny-looking snacks will entertain your child for sure!
Take a bowl, combine 2 cups strawberry puree, 1/5 lemon juice, 4 tbsp honey, stir well. Heat the mass in a saucepan until it get warm (but not hot), then add 14 tbsp gelatin powder; mix it until all gelatin is dissolved. Pour the mixture into silicone candy molds, cover and freeze for 20 minutes.
3. Dried Fruit Snacks
They look like candies and taste like candies! Also, these snacks are full of vitamins and minerals. Choose any fruits or berries you and your kids like: kiwi, star fruit, plums, peaches, apples, bananas, cherries etc. You just need to slice and dehydrate them and the treats are ready.
4. Banana Chips
The simplest snacks recipe you’ll ever try. Slice bananas, dip the slices in lemon juice, sprinkle them with water and place them on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake the chips for 1,5-2 hours. Kids will adore it!
5. Banana Pops
All you need is a banana, any yogurt to your taste, granola, any sprinkling additive like chocolate chips, coconut, ground nuts etc and popsicle sticks. Cut the banana in half, insert a popsicle stick dip into the yogurt and then into the granola and other sprinkling. Now freeze it. Super delicious!
6. Fresh Fruit Pops
These refreshing treats are perfect for a hot summer day. The recipe is just super easy and the coolest thing about it – you can experiment and mix any fruits you like! Just peel and slice all the fruits, put them into popsicle molds, add some white-grape juice to cover fruits, now insert pops sticks and put the molds into the freezer for about 7-8 hours.
7. Frozen Yogurt Dots
Who doesn’t like Fro-Yo? Let’s make an interesting presentation that your sweetheart will love. Use the yogurt you want: with vanilla, fruit, pumpkin or any other flavor. Also, as an option you can add a fruit puree and blend it well. When experimenting, start with a small amount of ingredients, taste the mixture and add more until you get an ideal taste. Now you can freeze it. Drop small amounts on the parchment paper using a piping bag. Freeze them about 25 minutes.
8. Homemade Potato Chips
Kids really love potato chips. No doubt these chips are healthier than ones from the supermarkets. How about making chips in a microwave? Take a potato, slice it and spread on a sheet of parchment paper, make sure the pieces don’t touch each other. Now sprinkle them with salt, ground pepper and garlic powder or herbs (optional). Cover it with another sheet of parchment paper, microwave for 6 minutes. Ready!
9. Apple Dippers
This recipe doesn’t take a genius. Cut an apple, stick a toothpick in each piece. Dip the pieces into peanut butter or Nutella then into granola, coconut, ground nuts or sliced almonds, depends on your kid’s taste.
10. Cracker Cheesecake
Healthy and Yummy! Take about 90 grams softened cream cheese and mix it with 3-4 tbsp jam (you can use strawberry, blackberry or any other jam). Break a 2-3 sheets of graham crackers into squares. Then spread the mixture on crackers and let them cool in a refrigerator for about half an hour. Add some fresh fruits if you want. Your family will love the taste!