If you’re looking for a new healthy snack for your kids, look no further!
Kids can get bored of the same old snacks, so coming up with something fun and healthy to eat can be a challenge. We’ve found 10 treats for the holidays and beyond that are sure to be fan favorites for everyone.
1. Nut Butter and Apples or Celery
This traditional snack stands the test of time because it’s crunchy and tasty! Use your favorite nut butter, like peanut butter or cashew butter, and serve it with either sliced celery stalks or cut-up slices of apples. Apples and celery are great tooth-friendly foods because they are crunchy and fibrous, which helps to scrub away plaque buildup on teeth between brushing. You can also add in some raisins for an extra healthy element.
2. Trail Mix
Trail mix is an easy snack to pack, and completely customizable. Trail mix can include nuts rich in protein, like peanuts, cashews, and walnuts, as well as dried fruits rich in antioxidants, like raisins or cranberries. You can even add a little sweetness with dried coconut flakes, yogurt-covered raisins, or even a few dark chocolate chips.
3. Turkey Roll Ups
Easy to make and easy to eat, turkey roll ups are fun and healthy snacks—they’re also great options for lunch. Start with a whole wheat wrap or tortilla, lay down a slice or two of deli turkey, low-fat cheese of choice, lettuce, and slice of tomato, and roll up. Voilà! You have a turkey roll up. The addition of cheese in this snack adds extra calcium to your kids’ diet—and calcium is important for building strong bones and teeth.
A waffle made with a whole wheat mix makes an excellent breakfast or snack. Spread on a nut butter for extra protein or sliced fruit for an extra dose of vitamins. If you have waffle batter left over from breakfast, cook those waffles up, and they can be frozen to use as a snack at a later date—just thaw them for a few seconds in the microwave.
If you use an air popper to make popcorn, you have a low-fat snack. Using an air popper eliminates the need for oil in this fiber-rich snack. It also allows you to start with a blank canvas of popcorn to which you can add your favorite spice mix to add some extra flavor. Premade taco seasoning and ranch flavorings make a great-tasting savory snack.
6. Cheese and Crackers
Cheese is a favorite with children, and parents love it because it adds in calcium that is much needed in a kid’s diet. Slice up a few slices of cheese and add them to whole grain crackers for a great easy snack. Looking to jazz it up? Throw in a slice of pepperoni to make a mini pizza!
Oatmeal isn’t just for breakfast—it makes a great snack to warm up with on a winter day! Use whole oats and milk to make your own oatmeal at home. Add in some fresh fruit, like blueberries or freshly sliced strawberries, to add in some extra Vitamin A. If you’re looking for crunch, pecans or walnuts add protein and other essential vitamins and minerals.
Another calcium-rich food is yogurt. As long as you pick a low-fat and low-sugar option, yogurt makes a great snack because of the calcium. You can add fresh fruit or oats for added texture and nutrients.
9. Veggie Pita Pocket
It can be hard to get kids to eat their veggies, but using pita can be a fun way to carry around their healthy snack. Cut a pita in half so it opens like a pocket. Spread some hummus on the inside, and then fill with raw, sliced veggies, like carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, or lettuce. Have your kids help create their own pita pocket using their favorite vegetables!
10. Fruit Smoothie
Sometimes disguising foods can make kids appreciate them more. Smoothies are a great way to get a healthy treat full of vegetables and fruits that are good for you. There are endless combinations when it comes to smoothies, so experiment away! Most just need a liquid base, like milk, almond milk, oat milk, or fresh fruit juice, and you can add your favorite ingredients to your blender, like fresh or frozen fruit, a dash of nut butter, or even some spinach for extra vitamins. The possibilities are endless.
Enjoy your snack, but don’t forget to brush your teeth after!
At We Make Kids Smile Pediatric Dentistry, we love to see your smiling faces twice each year, so make sure you are brushing your teeth at least twice a day for two minutes each time. And don’t forget to floss! If your child is due for a six-monthly checkup and cleaning, book an appointment and come see us.