Kid-Friendly Snacks Adults Will Enjoy, Too

Article posted in: Diet & Nutrition

When you are a parent of young children, it’s hard to stay on the healthy eating train, especially if you’re also trying to lose weight. To avoid this trap, preparation is key. Here are 10 healthy snacks for kids that you’ll love too.

1. Peanut Butter Banana Roll-Up

Spread about a tablespoon of peanut butter onto a whole-wheat wrap or tortilla and add a few slices of banana. Roll and eat!

2. Peppers and Bean Dip

Slice a red, green or yellow pepper. Make a dip from one can of black beans blended with garlic, olive oil, and whatever other spices your kids enjoy. Commence dipping!

3.Steamed Edamame With Salt

So easy, so good! You can buy fresh edamame and steam them, or buy them frozen and simply follow the preparation directions.

4. Strawberry Smoothie

All you need is fresh or frozen strawberries, a bit of plain yogurt, some milk (or almond or soy milk) and your blender. Yum.

5. Apple Nachos

Slice 2-3 apples thinly and spread on a large plate or platter. Melt 1/2 cup of nut butter, than drizzle over apples. Top with raisins and shredded coconut.

6. Flavored Popcorn

Drizzle a small bit of coconut oil onto air-popped popcorn, then add seasonings.

Pizza: Try a blend of oregano, basil and red pepper atop your popcorn.

Cinnamon Toast: A blend of cinnamon and sugar makes for a sweet, low-calorie treat.

Garlic and parmesan: Garlic powder and parmesan (just a tablespoon or so!) is good for cheese lovers.

7. Energy Bites

Mix 1 cup of nut butter of your choice with 1/2 cup of oatmeal, 1/2 cup of honey, a small handful of raisins, a small handful of shelled sunflower seeds, and whatever other small ingredients (flax seeds, shredded coconut, dried cranberries) you’d like. Roll into small balls and refrigerate.

8. Kale Chips

De-stem one large bunch of kale, wash and dry very well. Place in a bowl and massage with a splash of olive oil using your hands. Then place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and sprinkle on some salt. Bake at 200 degrees for 10 minutes. Instant low-cal crunch!

9. Eggplant Pizzas

Slice a large eggplant and top each slice with tomato sauce and cheese. Bake at 350 until cheese is melted!

10. Applesauce Parfait

Layer sugar-free applesauce with Greek yogurt in a cute glass and top with apple or grape slices, then drizzle with honey.