10 Healthy Summer Snack Ideas For Kids
Now that summer’s here and your kids are home more often, you’re probably spending tons of time each day prepping snacks. If you’re running out of ideas on how to keep your kids full and happy, we have you covered! We’ve put together a list of not 3, not 5, but 10 healthy snack recipes that are perfect for busy parents and hungry kids. Better yet, all of these recipes require no more than four ingredients, and we’ve included both bake and no-bake options. Happy snacking!
1. Mango Nicecream
With just two ingredients, your kids will love this healthier take on traditional ice cream – and probably won’t even know the difference! Simply blend together 2 cups frozen mango and 1 cup milk of your choice for this perfectly creamy nicecream.
2. Savoury Hummus
Kids are more likely to eat veggies if they can dip them in something. For this hummus, add 400g drained/rinsed chickpeas, ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, 1 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp cumin and salt and pepper to taste to a food processor. Blend well then chill. Serve with veggies like carrot, celery, or capsicum sticks.
3. Berry Iced Yoghurt Sticks
Add 2 cups raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries, 2 cups greek yoghurt, and 2 tbsps honey to a food processor and blend. Pour this mixture into icecream molds or paper cups with icecream sticks and freeze. These make great snacks on long, hot summer days!
4. Vegan/Gluten-Free Breakfast Biscuits
All kids love biscuits, and parents can love biscuits too when it only takes 4 ingredients to make them. Mix together 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats, 3 overripe bananas, ½ cup peanut butter, and ¼ cup sultanas. Divide into biscuits and on a lined baking sheet, press the balls into biscuit shapes. Bake for 10-12 minutes at 175C.
5. Kid-Friendly Guacamole
Are your kids not hummus fans? Try this non spicy guacamole instead! Smash 3 avocados and then mix in the juice from 1 lime and a dash of salt and pepper. Mix in ½ cup chopped red onion, 3 tbsps chopped coriander, and 1 minced garlic clove. Refrigerate for an hour and serve with tortilla chips or cucumber slices.
6. Cheesy Broccoli Egg Muffins
For a snack with a bit more protein, try these 3-ingredient cheesy broccoli egg muffins. Whisk 4 eggs, 1 cup chopped steamed broccoli, and a dash of salt and pepper. Pour into a silicone 6-cup muffin tray and top with ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese. Bake for 12-15 minutes at 190C. These freeze well too!
7. Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Mix 300g peanut butter, 150g rolled oats, and 60g chocolate chips thoroughly with your hands. Knead until softened and you’re able to roll the mixture into 24 balls. Refrigerate for an hour to firm up and then these bite-sized treats are ready to devour.
8. Fruit Kebabs
This is a great way to get your kids to try new fruits. Prepare a pile of fruit, give your kids some skewers, and let them create their own fruit kebabs. Fruits that work well include any melon, grapes (sliced lengthways for younger kids), berries, kiwis, pineapple, etc.
9. Hidden Veggie Smoothies
Add more veggies into your kids’ diets by hiding them in fruit smoothies! You can mix spinach, frozen cauliflower, kale, zucchini, and more to whichever smoothies your kids already love. Or, try this sneaky recipe: Blend ½ cup yoghurt, 1 cup raspberries, ½ cup cauliflower, and 1 cup orange juice.
10. Chocolate-Dipped Banana Sticks
Peel 4 ripe (but firm) bananas, cut them in half, and add a craft stick into each half. Cover and freeze sticks for three hours. Melt 170g of dark chocolate and dip each frozen banana into the chocolate. Serve now or individually wrap with plastic wrap and freeze for up to two weeks.