Of course kids love their sugary snacks, but as moms, we know better. If you’re tired of saying “no,” when your little one begs for candy and treats, don’t fret!
There are tons of healthy options that will satisfy your child’s sweet tooth without all that unhealthy refined white stuff!
Here are a few of our favorites:
Fruit and Cheese Kebabs
This filling combo is great for almost any sweet tooth. If your kids are old enough to handle skewers, thread strawberries, grapes, and cheese cubes onto wooden skewers. If they’re not quite old enough for the sharp sticks, just throw the ingredients into a bowl, and toss them so they’re mixed up. For a dipping sauce, use yogurt and honey with mixed up fruit, or add a little sour cream, too, if it suits your family.
This recipe is great for a little bit of sweet (apricots) and a little bit of crunch to balance out the sweetness of the fruit. If your kids aren’t big on apricots, substitute dried strawberries or bananas. You can pack this fiber-packed stack in baggies or plastic containers and take it anywhere with you – perfect for those times when the sudden munchies attack.
Peanut Butter and Honey Banana Pops
Follow the suggestions in this recipe, but take care to substitute the sugary cereals for crunchy, fibrous, and nutritious flakes that can easily be crunched up into the perfect coating.With this option, you’reproviding fruit and fiber to your kids, and they’ll think they’re just getting a great sweet treat!
If you’re under the impression that hummus is boring, think again!
These days you can find hummus in all kinds of flavors, like roasted red pepper and sun-dried tomato. If your kids are adventurous, you can find spicier flavors, and if they’re looking for something a little sweeter, look for lemony flavors.
Hummus is great with any veggie, so serve it up with slices of red bell peppers or get crispy with some pita chips. Want to make it a family affair? Grab the kids and make homemade hummus together!
You can sneak almost anything into something that looks like a cupcake! Fruits and veggies make amazing batter ingredients for amazing muffins. Get your kids to eat healthy choices like zucchini, carrots, and bananas without them even knowing! If your kids are more apt to eat one taste over another, search out recipes that include those ingredients. Broccoli, apples, bananas, and prune juice can easily find their way into recipes for muffins that will make your little ones jump for joy.
A little bit of yogurt and frozen berries can make amazing popsicles that your little ones will be more than happy to munch on after dinner or between nutritious meals!
If you have tasty alternatives to sugary snacks, we’d love to hear about them! Share your creative craving stoppers with us below!