Between school pickups, dropoffs at practices and after-school events, and family time, it can be tough to make sure your kid is eating a healthy diet. Healthy fruit and veggie snacks can help bridge that gap and give your kid the nutrients they need each day.
Some of the following snacks are easy to grab off the supermarket shelf and store in your car or kitchen cupboard for a quick, convenient snack. Other ideas on this list give you a chance to get creative in the kitchen and involve your kid in the snack creation process. Try out these healthy fruit and veggie snacks with your family!
1. Apple butterflies
Apple butterflies are a fancy take on apple slices. Slice up an apple, then arrange the slices on a plate to look like butterfly wings. Maybe add a carrot or celery stick in the middle for the butterfly’s body (or just use another apple slice), and throw in some peanut butter or raisins to hold it all together. Have your child help design the beautiful butterfly snack so they can see that making healthy snacks is fun.
Salsa is such a fun, healthy snack to make with your kids. Mrs. Carnoali has made fresh salsa in her classroom that only includes ingredients like tomatoes, onion, cilantro, oil, vinegar, and garlic. Her students think it is the greatest thing ever simply because they did the chopping and mixing and, eventually, the eating!
Find a simple salsa recipe like the one below and let your kids help out, then eat it up with some tortilla chips!
Here’s Mrs. C’s salsa recipe:
1/4 white or yellow onion
1 clove garlic
3-4 sprigs cilantro
2 green onions
1 tsp olive oil
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tsp green chiles
Salt and pepper
Chop and mix ingredients, then chill before serving.
3. Fruit parfaits
It’s also fun to make colorful fruit parfaits with your kid. The best part is you can customize the snack to include your kid’s favorite fruits. Simply layer fruits—such as strawberries, blueberries, and banana slices—with add-ins, such as granola, nuts, and yogurt, and you’ve got yourself a delicious treat.
4. Oven fries
Potatoes aren’t vegetables, but they’re close enough! Oven fries are a healthy, delicious snack that require a bit more prep time. You can make oven fries at home with potatoes, oil, and salt. Just cut up the potatoes into fry-like strips, toss the strips in a bowl of oil and salt, and let the oven do the rest.
5. Prepared veggie and fruit trays
Prepared veggie and fruit trays with low-fat dips are great snack options for a busy family! Grab a premade veggie or fruit tray from the store and use it as a go-to afternoon snack in the car or have it out on the kitchen table for munching on the weekends.
6. Fruit cups
Fruit cups are a quick snack for kids that don’t require preparation on your part. Grab some prepackaged single-serving cups of applesauce or fruit cocktail for a healthy snack on the go, and keep some stocked up at home as an easy snack option.
7. Ants on a log
If your kid isn’t enthusiastic about veggies, this snack might convince them otherwise. Cut celery stalks in half, then spread peanut butter on top. Add some raisins (or even chocolate chips, if that’s what will entice your kid to eat veggies) and munch away! You can even try these other creative variations of ants on a log, including ranch, Goldfish, and dried cranberries.
8. Peanut butter and … lots of things!
If your kid is a peanut butter fan, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Peanut butter is a great pairing with several fruits and veggies, including apples, bananas, strawberries, celery, and carrots. Experiment with peanut butter and different fruits and veggies to find a winning combo for your kid. You might even want to add chocolate chips, raisins, berries, or another fun topping to make the snack even more exciting.