When it comes to healthy eating, we all know that we should be encouraging our kids to eat more fruit and vegetables. But sometimes it can be a struggle to get them to eat their greens, especially when they’re surrounded by tempting unhealthy snacks. So how can you make healthy eating more appealing for kids?
One way is to get them involved in the kitchen. Let them help you to prepare healthy snacks that they can then enjoy. This will not only make the experience more fun for them, but it will also help them to understand more about where their food comes from and the importance of eating healthily.
Here are some ideas for healthy snacks that your kids will love making – and eating!
1. Fruit kebabs
Simply thread some chunks of fruit onto skewers and voila – you have a healthy and fun snack that’s perfect for little hands. You could use any type of fruit that your kids like, but we recommend using a mix of different colours and textures for extra interest.
2. Vegetable sticks with dip
Cut up some carrot, celery and cucumber sticks and serve them with a healthy dip such as houmous or tzatziki. This is a great way to get kids to eat their vegetables, and they can have fun dipping them into the dip of their choice.
3. Fruit smoothies
Smoothies are a great way to sneak some extra fruit into your kids’ diets. Simply whizz up some frozen fruit, milk and yoghurt in a blender and serve. You could even add a handful of spinach or kale for an extra nutrient boost.
4. Homemade pizzas
Pizza is a firm favourite with kids, so why not make your own healthy version at home? Use a wholemeal pitta bread or naan bread as your base, and top with a tomato sauce and plenty of vegetables. You could even get the kids to help you to prepare the toppings.
5. Chocolate bananas
For a healthy treat that’s sure to go down a storm, try dipping bananas in melted dark chocolate. Let the chocolate set, then enjoy! This is a great way to get kids to eat fruit, and the dark chocolate is packed with health benefits too.
Making healthy snacks more fun for kids
With a little imagination, you can make healthy eating more fun for kids. By involving them in the preparation of their snacks, you’ll not only make the experience more enjoyable for them, but you’ll also help them to understand the importance of eating healthily. And who knows, you might even inspire them to try some new fruits and vegetables in the process!