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5 Healthy Snacks to Make at Home for You and Your Kids

Published May 11, 2020

Since the world has been on lockdown, it is safe to presume you are staying at home doing anything you can to pass the time. I don't know about you, but for my family and I, that consists of lots of eating. Eating should not be frowned upon, especially if you are staying active- our bodies need fuel to burn! However you might be getting sick of potato chips... here our some healthy snacks we know you and your child will love.

You and your kids are going to need some healthy snacks at home to fight off all the junk out there. The problem is sometimes snacks can get a little boring, but you can spice things up by simply adding the following five options for your family. Not only will these fulfill your child's snack desire, making these with your children can be a fun, bonding experience!

1.  Healthy Protein Balls


Getting kids to eat healthy snacks doesn't have to be as difficult as some might imagine. There are several types of snacks you can rely on to make wonderfully delicious snacks for your kids, like these nutritious no-bake protein balls .

You Will Need:

- 1 1/2 Cups Oats

- 1 1/2 Cups Coconut Flakes

- 1/2 Cup Natural Peanut Butter

- 1/2 Cup Honey

- 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds

- 1 tsp Salt

- 1/2 Cup Mini Chocolate Chips

- 1 tbsp Kid-Safe Vanilla Protein Powder (or any flavour you'd like!)

Directions:

1. In a blender or food processor blend oats, then coconut flakes, to a fine-like texture. 

2. In a bow with a hand mixer, or food processor - add all ingredients to bowl. Mix until all distributed. You want the texture to be a little sticky. If you're adding in extra mix-ins like nuts, or dried fruit- add a little more honey and peanut butter. 

3. Roll into a ball the size of your preference. I like 1 inch balls that can be devoured in about 2 bites. Place on parchment lined cookie sheet and freeze for two hours. 

4. Store in fridge for 1-2 weeks, or freezer for 3 months! Endless snack!

2. Kid's Sushi


It's easy to make a child something he or she expects like a cookie, but sometimes, you want to try something else. One thing that could entice a child is offering something that feels like it's for adults, like sushi. This "sushi" will make kid's feel grown up, but still fill them up with nutrients and love!

You Will Need:

- 2 Whole Wheat Tortillas 

- 2 Bananas

- 4 Tbsp Natural Peanut Butter

- 2 Tbsp Natural Honey

- Any topping you'd like: Cinnamon, Chia seeds, Hemp Seeds, Coconut Flakes, Raw Cocoa powder.

Directions:

1. Microwave tortillas in between paper towel for 10 seconds to soften

2. Spread each tortilla with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter

3. Place a banana in the middle of the tortilla and roll it as tightly as you can

4. Drizzle or spread honey on rolled tortilla

5. Cut banana sushi

6. Roll cut slices in desired topping

7. Enjoy!

3. Watermelon Fries


It may be time to blow your kid’s minds with a twist on something familiar. Everyone knows what fries look like and taste like, but what if you can give your kids fries that haven't been deep-fried in oil? This recipe deserves serious bragging rights if your kid starts choosing this snack over regular fries. 

You Will Need:

- 1 Small Fresh Watermelon, or half of a large one

- One lime, for zest and juice

- 1/2 to 1 tsp of seasoning of your choice, example: chili powder, salt & pepper (Try anything and everything until you and your kids are happy)

- 1/4 Cup of Greek Yogurt

- 2 Tsp of honey

Directions:

For Fries:

1. Cut watermelon to fry- shaped slices

2. In a large bowl, combine watermelon, lime zest, and seasoning

3. For dipping sauce, mix together yogurt, lime juice, and honey. Top with a pinch of chili powder

2. Serve watermelon fries with yogurt sauce on the side, enjoy!

4. Apple Chips


Like I said before, you are probably getting sick of potato chips if it is your go-to snack. These apple chips give you the sweet taste of our favourite fruit, but with a unique twist. 

You Will Need:

- 1 Apple per person

- Any toppings you'd like, example: cinnamon, cocoa powder, caramel, peanut butter

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 200F

2. Slice apples very very thing, about 1/16 of an inch. (If able, use a Mandoline slicer, or stick with your mad slicing skills)

3. Place apples on lined thick-bottom baking sheet, making sure that none overlap

4. Bake for 1 hour, flip slices, then bake for one more hour. Remove from oven and let cool to crisp.

5. Drizzle or sprinkle your desired topping and enjoy!

5. Natural Fruit Roll-Ups


Your kids are probably obsessed with the sugar filled fruit roll-ups they see at the store, but now it is time to indulge without any guilt, by making these at home. 

You Will Need:

- 4 Cups diced ripe mango (from about 3 large mangoes)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 175F and line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper

2. Puree the mango in a food processor or blender until smooth

3. Divide the puree evenly between the two prepared pans, spreading the puree as flat and evenly as possible until its about 1/8-inch thick

4. Bake the puree for 3 to 4 hours, depending how thick your spread is. The fruit roll-ups are done when the puree is dry to touch and pliable. If the bottom side of the roll-ups is still wet, flip the roll-ups over and continue baking until fully dried.

5. Remove the roll-ups from the oven. Place a piece of wax paper on top and peel off the parchment paper 

6. Cut the sheet into long strips and then roll-up and enjoy for up to a week! 


These are just some snacks you can consider giving your kids. Some of these are easy while some are a little harder. Give yourself a chance to explore and try something different to get your kids excited about the next thing you'll be making.



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