By Jennifer Hannigan

Children are naturally inquisitive and love trying something new. Below are some examples of healthy snacks ideas for children of all ages to enjoy.

 

  1. Apples with peanut butter

Do you have real peanut butter lovers at home? Cut an apple into pieces and spread little peanut butter over it. This combination is delicious! You can also make the peanut butter a bit smoother with a little bit of water. Have fun dipping!

  1. Frozen grapes

During the hot summer days, this is a refreshing snack. Wash the grapes in advance and freeze them. Just before the children come out of school, you put these frozen ‘sweets’ on the table. YUMMY!

  1. Banana sushi

This sounds just fun anyway? Spread a wholemeal wrap with peanut butter or chocolate paste (in this case I would choose the WheyTella, with no added sugars), place a banana in the middle and roll up the wrap. Place this in the refrigerator for 20 minutes and then cut the cover into pieces. Let them eat with chopsticks if necessary that makes the experience completely natural of course!

 

  1. Apple Crisps

This snack may cost a bit more time, but I think your children will enjoy this. Preheat the oven to 100 degrees. You also need apples, lemon juice and cinnamon. Remove the core from your apples with an apple drill, without cutting the apple. Then cut the apple horizontally into several thin slices (the skin can be left alone). Put all the slices in a bowl and pour some lemon juice over them and add the cinnamon. Mix it well. Divide everything over a baking tray and place it in the preheated oven for 2 hours. Check once in a while to make sure the the apples get a beautiful color and do not burn. After 2 hours you can judge for yourself whether they have become nicely colored and snappier, otherwise, let them stand still. Let the ‘chips’ then cool outside the oven, and after an hour you can enjoy them together with the kids! The same can be done with a banana to make banana chips!

  1. Homemade popcorn

Making popcorn yourself is a lot healthier than popcorn from a bag. You can quickly make this yourself in a frying pan with a lid on it.

  1. Chickpeas

Chickpeas are delicious to make hummus from, as we know now, but what many people do not know is that they are also very well suited as a savory snack. They serve as an excellent alternative to a bags of chips, which are a lot less healthy. Let the chickpeas drain well for half an hour. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Hash the chickpeas with olive oil and herbs of your choice. For the savory version you can choose paprika or curry powder, and if you prefer to make them a little sweet you can choose a mixture of honey, cinnamon and nutmeg. Now divide the chickpeas over a baking tray and place them in the oven for 25 minutes. Shake everything after 25 minutes and then bake for another 10 minutes. Let the chickpeas cool down and then feast!

  1. Dipping Vegetables (hummus or yogurt dip)

Place a large dish with vegetables on the table and spread some hummus or yogurt dill dip in containers. Let your child dip away!

  1. Ants on a Log

You’ll need celery sticks, cream cheese and raisins. Wash the celery sticks and then spread the cream cheese in the center of the celery stick and then add the raisins on top. Delicious and healthy..plus it really looks like ants on a log.

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