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Fit Food: 5 Healthy Snacks for Kids (That Kids Actually Love!)

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If you’re a parent, you know how much children love snacks—their growing bodies demand nourishment in between meals.

It’s important, however, to fuel your kids with nutritious food that also tastes good. American toddlers are consuming more sugar than the recommended daily limit for adults. Resist the urge to hand them a cookie or chips and whip up one of these healthy snacks for kids instead.

1. Fruit Dippers

Serve your child’s favorite fruit with unsweetened coconut flakes and plain yogurt for dipping. Sliced apples, bananas, pineapple, mangoes, cantaloupe, and peaches are perfect choices as are whole grapes and strawberries. A bonus is you’re sure to help yourself to this refreshing and low-calorie treat.

2. Pita Bread Pizzas

Pita bread makes the perfect light crust for an impromptu pizza. Spread a little pizza sauce onto a mini-sized pita. Sprinkle with cheese and if you desire, turkey pepperoni or sliced mushrooms and peppers.

Bake in a 375-degree oven for ten minutes or until the cheese is melted and the pita is slightly browned. Let cool and cut into slices.

3. Roasted Chickpeas

Packed with protein and fiber, roasted chickpeas are a healthy, crunchy snack that will tide over an appetite until dinner. They can also be flavored with a variety of seasonings for a savory or slightly sweet taste.

Rinse a can of chickpeas and pat dry with paper towels, then mix with a tablespoon of olive oil. Bake them on a sheet in a 400-degree oven for about 20 to 25 minutes.

While they’re warm, season them with a little salt and paprika or your favorite spice. For something sweeter, sprinkle some sugar and cinnamon over the chickpeas. Mix to coat evenly and enjoy!

When stored in plastic containers or bags, this is a great food to bring with you on your kids’ first cinema experience. Just be sure that your child is old enough to enjoy this snack, as the small chickpeas can be a choking hazard to very young children.

4. Ants On a Log

This classic snack still packs a nutritional punch. Fill a celery stalk with peanut butter and sprinkle with raisins. Your child will get a nice mix of flavors along with fiber from the celery.

If they’re allergic to peanuts, substitute another nut butter or cottage cheese. You can also spread this combination on apple slices.

5. Baked Avocado Fries

Your child may fall in love with the vibrant green hue and creamy texture that avocados have to offer. Bake them like fries and they’ll love them even more.

Dredge avocado slices in flour first, then milk, and lastly, breadcrumbs. Coat a baking sheet in cooking spray and bake for 15 minutes at 425 degrees. Serve with ranch dressing if desired.

Avocado contains a lot of vitamins and antioxidants not to mention fiber and a bit of protein. These also make a great side dish for chicken fingers and burgers.

Try These Healthy Snacks For Kids

As you can see, it doesn’t require a lot of work to create healthy snacks for kids that they’ll love gobbling up. Make enough so you can share these treats with your children and stay healthy in between mealtime with them.

Looking for more snack ideas that your children will love to eat? Check out our top healthy recipes for kids!