Growing children always seem to be hungry. As a homeschool parent, you’re tasked with figuring out healthy snacks they can reach for instead of sugary snacks or chips. Here are a few healthy options that kids and adults can enjoy together.
Apple & Peanut Butter
This is the ultimate kid-friendly and healthy snack. Apples are delicious and packed with fiber. Peanut butter has protein and healthy fats that will keep your kiddo full for hours. If someone in your house has a nut allergy, try sunflower seed butter or tahini.
Throw together a variety of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit for a healthy snack that easy to grab and go. Tailor your mix to what your kids like and feel free to add something sweet to make it more appealing, like chocolate chips or dried coconut. Avoid roasted or salted nuts, which amp up the sodium content.
Yogurt & Granola
Yogurt is a good source of protein, calcium, and probiotics. Opt for an unsweetened version and add your own flavor enhancers like honey or peanut butter. Mix in fresh fruit and low-sugar granola for a snack that is creamy, crunchy, and satisfying.
These taste like cookie dough but are packed with nutritious ingredients. Mix together nut butter, instant oats, and maple syrup until you form a thick dough-like consistency. Stir in sources of fiber like flax seeds or chia seeds. You can also add some chocolate chips to make these feel like cookies. When your mix is ready, roll it into small balls and refrigerate until you’re ready to eat.
A smoothie is a refreshing snack that can be packed with good-for-you fruits and veggies. For picky eaters, blend together a banana, some frozen blueberries, yogurt, and a handful of spinach. You can mix up the ingredients to tailor to what your kids like to eat (or drink).