Apple Pie Parfait from 13 Healthy Back-to-School Snacks Your Kids Will Actually Love Slideshow
13 Healthy Back-to-School Snacks Your Kids Will Actually Love Slideshow
Apple Pie Parfait
Not all kids are willing to try raw fish wrapped in seaweed, but even the most skeptical eater will go crazy for this fun banana sushi. The outside of this mock sushi roll is covered with peanut butter, and can be rolled in all types of seeds, like hemp, chia, or flax.
Microwave popcorn has given this snack a bad reputation, but when air-popped without tons of butter, popcorn is perfectly healthy. This recipe makes its popcorn “cheesy” through the use of nutritional yeast rather than the milk cultures, enzymes, and whey used in popular supermarket brands.
Chia Cornbread Muffins
These healthy chia cornbread muffins can replace those sugar-loaded, pre-packaged mini muffins in your child’s lunchbox. The recipe calls for fiber-rich whole-wheat flour, cornmeal, and chia seeds, making these muffins a hearty snack and way more than just dessert.
Homemade Capri Sun
Conventional juice boxes are loaded with sugar and offer very little nutritional benefits. This homemade “Capri Sun” is a healthy alternative that uses freshly squeezed lemon juice, which is high in vitamin C and antioxidants, and is sweetened with raw agave nectar instead of regular sugar.
No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
“No-bake” anything just makes life simpler, and simpler is always better during the first months of the school year. Making the bars only requires a saucepan, a baking dish, and a fridge. The rolled oats, honey, and chopped almonds gives these bars a nice crunch that kids will undoubtedly love to bite into.
Organic Chocolate Pudding
Many brands of chocolate pudding contain partially hydrogenated oils and artificial flavors, so it’s always healthier and tastier to make your own at home. Add a dollop of chocolate pudding on top of a cup of Greek yogurt for a healthy lunch treat.
Slow-Cooker Chex Mix
Slow-cookers ironically save a lot of time, meaning both parents and kids will love this slow-cooker Chex mix recipe. Buying individual bags of store-brand mixes is expensive, so making it at home saves money, and also allows you to customize the mix to your child’s liking.
Slow-Cooker Oatmeal Bars
Let your creativity flow with these slow-cooker oatmeal bars. The base of the bar is made up of fiber-rich ingredients like flaxseed and rolled oats, but the flavor comes from vanilla extract, banana, and cinnamon. After having one of these homemade bars, your kid will never eat the store-bought kind again.
When food looks and feels fun, it’s easier for parents to make it healthier. These “sneak-wiches” can be filled with any sort of freezable filling, whether it be something classic like peanut butter and jelly or something more savory, like turkey and avocado. The sandwich pockets can easily be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer as a back-up lunch plan.
Sneaky Healthy Brownies
Can brownies really be a healthy snack? The answer is yes, as long as you sneak in some special ingredients. This recipe uses a purée of blueberries and spinach to make these better than the average brownie.