If your kid is a picky eater, you know the struggle is real! You obviously want your child to eat wholesome, nutritious, and delicious food without having to fight tooth and nail to get it in his/her mouth! Here's where these healthy and fun snack ideas come in! Try a few of these recipes out on your persnickety little rugrat and chances are you'll find a new fan in at least a few of them.
1. Meat & Cheese Roll-Ups with Pretzel Skewers
Find recipe here: A Mom's Take
If you're going to please your picky kid, keep it simple with these protein filled snack roll-ups. Just be sure to use low-sodium lunch meat, especially because the pretzel sticks add that hit of salt your child, and you, will crave.
2. String Cheese Octopus
Find recipe here: Natural Noshing
String cheese is a smart way to introduce a bit of calcium and protein into your child's diet and what could be more appetizing to a kid than these adorable string cheese octopi? Just peel down the "legs" and add raisins or currents as eyes.
3. Teddy Bear Toast
Find recipe here: Pick Any Two
If your kid's picky, chances are you need a good way to introduce healthy fat into his/her diet. This Teddy Bear Toast is a great way to do just that. Take sprouted grain bread, top with organic nut butter and use blueberries and bananas to create the bear face and ears. Voila!
4. Healthy Sugar-Free Oatmeal Cookies
Find recipe here: Sugar-Free Mom
I know, cookies don't seem like a very healthy thing to be feeding your kid after school but these sugar free oatmeal cookies sub some butter for coconut oil and use honey or Stevia in place of sugar.
5. Fresh Peach Coolers
Find recipe here: Super Healthy Kids
Smoothies are a great way to get kids to eat their fruits and veggies. This peach cooler is a bright and fun recipe that works best in summer when peaches are in season, but you can really use any fruit you want. Also, make the smoothie a bit on the thicker side, stick it in a bowl with a spoon and tell Sally it's ice cream. No harm, no foul.
6. Yogurt Breakfast Popsicles
Find recipe here: The Kitchn
It's no secret that children love popsicles and these wholesome pops are basically a one handed breakfast for your kid to chow down as a meal, or as a snack any time of day.
7. Baked Sweet Potato Chips
Find recipe here: The Minimalist Baker
While potato chips are usually the enemy, these baked sweet potato chips are your friend. Sweet potatoes are super good for you, and you control the amount of salt and oil used to make these crunchy snacks.
8. Creamy Peanut Butter Hummus
Find recipe here: Gourmet Uncorked
Who would have thought peanut butter hummus was a thing? Chickpeas are a great canvas for many flavors. Plus they are healthy and packed with fiber.
9. Racing Fruit Cars
Find recipe here: Parenting
Feel free to use any fruit for this fun and healthy snack. Apple slices make great car bodies, but you can use bananas, orange wedges, peaches, or pears! As for the wheels, grapes, cherries, and blueberries are all great options.
10. California Avocado Snack Cups
Find recipe here: The Scoop Blog
Get your kids hooked on Avocado's as early as possible. All you need are cucumbers, avocados, pepper, lime juice, and fresh herbs and seasonings to make these healthy, fun finger foods your kids will enjoy.
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