Weeknight Meals

Easy Healthy Snacks for Kids

I don’t know about you but I love a good old fashion snackaroo. But the days of a peanut butter and banana sandwich are pretty much over. Kids now days have such different tastes, so much more sophisticated! I guess a fluffernutter sandwich is out of the question too! Here are a few new spins on the afternoon snack attack. It’s a cute video and kid tested and approved.

If you would rather have a snack for the savory sorts guacamole is a must.

Avocado in half and made into guacamole

I know growing up I thought snack time was candy bar time. So mix it up with some nice savory flavors you can easily serve the guacamole in the peel for a bit more fun. Serve with pita or veggie chips. The kids will stay full longer and give you a bit more moments of peace 😉 before dinner.

In the mood for a sweet but not too sweet, we don’t need anyone swinging from the chandelier! Dark chocolate is a great way to feed the chocolate need but how much better is it to mix in a bit of savory with the sweet. Make a homemade trail mix with dark chocolate, almonds, raisins, and peanuts. It’s super easy and way healthier than the mixes that have cottonseed oil and other hydrogenated badness. Aldi has fantastic dark chocolate for this recipe.

Dark chocolate bars

Since we are on a savory sweet jag. I love some chocolate in a smoothie that you can easily make at home. Of course, you can always add a bit of almond butter or peanut butter. The nice thing about smoothies you can blend in some raw oats and thicken it up and some spinach to add a bit of fiber. I know the spinach sounds funny but I swear our restaurant customers loved it!

How about some Chia seed pudding as a quick little treat for the kids and us, after all adults are all just really tall children right. Okay, some are a little heavier on the child part of the adulting! Here’s a really great way to add Chia seed to a pudding and the kids will love that little pop in their mouths, kinda like a healthy pop rock pudding 😉

Chia seed pudding with blueberries

I love mixing mine into a little-unsweetened chocolate almond milk and add some blueberries and a drizzle of honey. Holy Cow is that good, or actually, Holy Almond milk is that good 😉

Or if you are needing a bit more of a sugar shock you can add brown sugar to your recipe like this one.

Personally, I always tend to lean towards the easiest healthiest way to nibble. But we do need a bit of variety in our lives.

Take good care and let us know how do you do snack time at your house?

Talk soon,

Kristi Linebaugh  Vigoa Cuisine Blog

Helping people feel better through healthy food and good stories, is my passion. I was a chef and co-founder of an award-winning restaurant for 22 years. In that time my business partner and I also started and continue to run a seasoned olive oil company, Vigoa Cuisine. We just finished our third book and travel the U.S sharing our healthy cooking techniques at live events, to date we have done over 800 events. You can find our healthy seasoned olive oils on Amazon Etsy Stay connected and let me know how you are doing :-) www.vigoacuisine.wordpress.com

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