Fun & Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

Beet hummus
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Fun fact: children have approximately three times as many taste buds as adults, which may explain why they tend to be much more picky when it comes to food. As parents or anyone responsible for kids’ nutrition, this can make snack time somewhat of a challenge. Most kids just don’t like raw veggies enough to choose them over sugary options like cookies or candy. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be either-or. Read on for some fun and healthy snack ideas that are sure to be a hit every time. 

Beet Hummus

If there’s one thing kids love, it’s foods in colors that they’re not meant to be (we’re looking at you, Heinz purple ketchup). Sure, beets aren’t typically considered a kid favorite, but if your little one likes hummus, know that you can easily make your own neon pink version by tossing a small cube of cooked beet or a splash of beet juice into any homemade hummus recipe. Serve with whole grain crackers or veggie slices.

Deviled Eggs

Hard boiled eggs are easy to make and high in many nutrients growing kids need, and while you can certainly choose to serve them as-is, picky eaters may be more likely to enjoy them if they recognize one of their favorite characters. We love these adorable Baby Yoda eggs, made with avocado and sugar snap peas.

Homemade Granola Bars

There’s no way around it: store-bought granola bars are undeniably convenient, but they also tend to be high in sugar, not to mention expensive. By making your own bars from scratch, you have the option to adjust the level of sweetness and add any other family-favorite ingredients. As a base, start with two parts rolled oats to one part nut butter. Add any other desired ingredients, then spread evenly on a baking sheet and freeze for about 30 minutes.