Eating healthy can be just as easy and convenient as grabbing quick unhealthy snacks. These quick and healthy snacks for kids are super easy and quick to prepare and are actually cheaper than fast unhealthy food. The kids can even help you make most of these, its educational and tasty!
- Chicken Skewers – Most kids love chicken, these skewers are super quick to prepare and the kids will love eating them. You can use any type of chicken you like, chicken thighs, breast or tenderloin will work just as well as each other. I prefer breast, its lean and tasty and requires minimal preparation. Thread chicken and pretty much any vegetable your kids will eat on to the skewer and grill or bake for about 10-15 minutes on a medium heat until the chicken is cooked through or the juices run clear. You can make this more of a substantial meal by adding a bed of rice.
- Baked Sweet Potato Fries – I never realised how versatile sweet potato was until I started trying to eat healthier, and its also really delicious if done right. You can make sweet potato fries that are just as tasty if not tastier than traditional potato fries. Saying its hard to get kids to eat vegetables is an understatement, if you don’t tell them these fries are actually good for them they’ll eat them by the handful. Just peel and cut a sweet potato up in to thin size wedge pieces. Line a baking tray with baking paper and lay the fries out, drizzle some olive oil, a sprinkle of salt and bake in the oven. I like mine well cooked, so that they are dark on the edges. You can eat them as it or add a light sour cream dip for a bit more flavour.
- Mini Pizzas – you can not go wrong with kids and pizza! I use pita bread but you can also use corn tortillas as the base. Spread a thin layer of tomato paste and add your favourite toppings and a light sprinkling of cheese. I like to finely chop a bit of broccoli and sprinkle on top of the tomato paste before the toppings for that added bit of nutrition, they will never notice!
- Frozen Yoghurt Raspberries – You could use any fruit that you can fill but I do love raspberries, they are not always available and sometimes expensive so you can be flexible with your choice of fruit. You will need some Greek yoghurt, raspberries and a piping bag or you can also use a zip-lock bag and cut off the corner if you don’t have a piping bag. Fill the piping bag with yogurt, you can also add honey, coconut or anything you like or keep it plain. Put the piping bag with yoghurt in the freezer for a little while until it hardens a little, it will make it easier to pipe and not get all over the place. Pipe the yoghurt in to the raspberries and place back in the freezer to set. Its that easy!
- Kiwi Pops – Again, you can really use any fruit you like but for variety I use kiwi fruit. For this recipe you will need 2 kiwi fruits, 200 grams of dark chocolate and some skewers. Place baking paper on an oven tray or large plate and put in the fridge to cool. Peel the kiwi fruit and cut in to wedges and poke the skewers in to the kiwis so they are stable and easy to handle. Heat the dark chocolate in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until melted. Dip the kiwi fruit on the skewers in to the chocolate until covered and then place on the chilled baking tray. Return the tray of skewered chocolate kiwis to the fridge to set. Then enjoy!
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