Snacks are a big part of your child’s day. During a busy week, it’s tempting to grab chips, crackers, and cookies for easy, to-go snacks. Even those granola bars that look like a good choice are often full of sugar. It’s important you feel good about your children’s snack habits and that they eat what you put in front of them.
These eight healthy snacks come together quickly with some help from Pampered Chef tools, and they’re so fun to make and eat with your kids, they won’t mind those extra servings of fruits and vegetables.
- Fast fruit smoothie. When you make smoothies look like colorful monsters, your kids won’t care that they’re full of healthy fruits like banana, pineapple, and honeydew. This small food processor doesn’t need a power outlet—it’s human powered! Your kids can pump the handle (with supervision, of course) to bring their monster smoothie creations to life.
- Rainbow vegetable pizza. A slice of pizza makes an easy snack, lunch, dinner…maybe even breakfast. Arrange colorful vegetables in a circle on premade pizza crust. A pizza stone makes even a store-bought pizza crust come out light and crisp.
- Apple snacks. Kids love eating food when it’s served in a fun shape. Slice up an apple with an apple cutter and a few grapes, and these cute cars come together faster than a Formula 1 racecar!
- French toast rolls-ups. These feel like a treat, but fresh fruit, low-sugar jam, and low-fat cream cheese make these a smarter snack option. The cornflake coating gets extra crunch when baked on stoneware. Watch how easy it is to make this snack with your children:
- Peanut butter celery snack. Classic ants on a log take flight when you add a couple of apple slices for wings and pretzel stick antennae.
- Homemade popcorn. Popcorn can be a fast, healthy snack, and you don’t need to make it in a bag. The popcorn maker lets you eliminate extra butter and salt. Add your own unique seasoning or try one of these.
- Popcorn dessert recipe. For a special (not-so-healthy) treat, make a sweet popcorn recipe by adding pretzels, candies, lightly roasted peanuts, mini marshmallows—anything your kids will like.
- Greek yogurt pops. Defrost some frozen berries and add Greek yogurt to a small food processor for this cool treat. We used paper cups and specialty straws to make these pops possible.
What healthy snack is a big hit with your kids? Share your tips and tricks for smart snacking in the comments.
Read more about cooking with kids:
- Helping Kids Love Healthy Meals
- Real Baking Tools for Real Kids
- 7 Ways to Teach Your Children About Hunger (and Take Action!)