10 best healthy snacks for your kid’s dinner

Before cooking your family dinner, why not give your kid a healthy snack that you have prepared together. It’s the best way to make him conscious of the nutritious value on food and that it can be quite fun to eat healthy. Here are some  best snack ideas to grab  before dinner  that you and your kid will love.

 1. Cheese and fruit kabobs

You will need:

-          Cheddar cheese, brie cheese, etc (any type of cheese your child enjoys)

-          Strawberries, apples, berries, etc (any type of fruit that can be cut into shapes)

-          Cookie cutters

This is a protein and vitamin packed snack which will give your child energy and strength. It is very fun to make so let your child assemble various types of fruit and cheese onto the skewers to make these fun and healthy kabobs.

 

2. Chips in the shape of leaves

You will need:

-          2 store bought egg roll sheets

-          Leaf shape cookie cutters

-          A variety of spices: curry powder, ground cinnamon, dry dill, black sesame seeds, etc.

-          1 cup beet juice

-          a bit of olive oil or vegetable oil

This is the perfect recipe to do with your kids as a fun activity especially in the fall season. The herbs and spices in this recipe have more disease-fighting antioxidants than most fruits and vegetables. Simply cut the sheets in the form of leaves with your cookie cutters, then grease them with a bit of olive oil or vegetable oil, or put some beet juice for color and add the seasoning to your taste. Put in the 400O   heated oven and bake for 4 minutes or until crisp.

 

3. Yogurt with berries

You will need:

-          low-fat yogurt (vanilla)

-          raspberries, blueberries, chopped strawberries, blackberries

-          pretzels (rods halved) or 10 stick crackers (baked)

The low-fat yogurt is a great source of calcium which children love if it is dressed up, and the assorted berries add to its taste and nutritional value. Stir the yogurt and fruit together in a large bowl and spoon into 3-ounce paper cups or 4-ounce ice-pop molds. C

over them with foil and use a sharp knife to cut a small hole in the foil through which you will insert the cut side of the pretzel rod. Put it in the freezer and freeze until firm. Afterwards remove the foil and the mold or the paper cup before serving. Makes 6 pops. You can store them for up to a month.

4. Hard boiled or scrambled egg

You will need:

-          1 egg

-          A pinch of salt

-          Dill, seasoning

-          Olive/ vegetable oil

-          1 flour tortilla

Eggs are known to be a great source of protein so if you want to provide a healthy snack to your kid keep some hard boiled eggs in the fridge, and offer it up to your kid next to some fun shaped cheese and chopped tomatoes. If they like scrambled eggs you could scramble an egg with some seasoning and roll it up in a flour tortilla.

 

5. Seasoned Sweet Potato Chips

You will need:

-          1 sweet potato, organic

-          A pinch of salt

-          ½ teaspoon of curry

-          1 tablespoon of olive oil

-          1 tablespoon of vinegar

-          Food bag

Cut the potatoes as thin as you can and then preheat the oven to 425 degree and place the slices on a non-stick baking sheet. Bake them for 15-20 minutes or until they are extra crisp. Mix the salt, curry, vinegar and olive oil and put the chips and seasoning in a food bag and shake (you can let your kid shake the bag to spread the seasoning all over them).

These are the most nutritious vegetable out there, good sources of B6, A, C and folate. A great, healthy alterative to the store-bought ones.

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6. Mixed Banana and Berry Fruit Salad

You will need:

-          A handful of raspberries

-          1 cup of blueberries

-          2 cups hulled, roughly chopped strawberries

-          1 apple, peeled, cored and roughly chopped

-          2 bananas, peeled and thickly sliced

-          2 teaspoons lemon juice

-          ½ teaspoon lemon zest

-          1 teaspoon honey

Prepare the berries before the apples and bananas and add them to a large bowl, then add the apples and bananas, sprinkle the lemon juice over them to keep them from getting brown, then add the zest and the honey and gently toss to combine.

Either serve immediately or cover and chill for up to 2 hours before serving. It is a vitamin packed snack which will help your child have the energy he needs.

 

7. Spring Mix with Feta and Roasted Pears

You will need:

-          1 small red onion, sliced in half, thinly slice each half

-          8 cups spring mix

-          2 medium Bosc Pears, peeled, seeded and sliced into small wedges (8 per pear)

-          ½ cup feta cheese crumbles, fat-free

-          2 teaspoons canola or olive oil

Toss the pear wedges into a 400 degree heated oven, on a non-stick cookie baking sheet, and roast them for about 10 minutes each side. Let them cool slightly then combine the spring mix, pears and onions in a large salad bowl, then sprinkle some feta and you are done. This salad snack gives your kid calcium, vitamins and minerals.

 

8. Strawberry mice and Swiss cheese

You will need:

-          100g Swiss cheese

-          Black writing icing

-          1 punnet strawberries

-          ¼ almond flakes

-          ¼ cup mini chocolate chips

-          2 straps raspberry licorice

This snack is very fun for kids to help making and it gives them calcium, vitamins and antioxidants. Start by removing the green stems from each strawberry and slice each of them in half so they sit flat on the plate.

Use the writing icing to stick chocolate chips as nose and eyes, the poke 2 slots with the sharp end of a knife and slide in 2 almond flakes as ears per each mouse.  With a skewer poke a hole into the berry and slide the licorice in as a tail. Serve the strawberry mice with cheese cut into wedges.

 

9. Caterpillar fruit snack

You will need:

-          1 Babybel cheese

-          1 green apple, cut into slices

-          1 fruit strap

Place the cheese on the plate to form the caterpillar’s head, then place the apple slices in a line to form the caterpillar’s body but leave one slice for the eyes. From the fruit strap cut six little legs and place them underneath the body, then a smile for the face, then two antennae to place above the cheese. Cut two small eyes from the apple slice and place them onto the cheese. This snack is very fun to make together with your child and gives him vitamins and calcium.

 

10. Ants on a log

You will need:

-          a stick of celery

-          12 sultanas

-          4 teaspoons of peanut butter

Cut the celery after it has been washed into 4 lengths, then spread the peanut butter on the celery and place three sultanas on each one. This is also a very fun snack to make together with your kid which will provide him vitamins, energy and will be delicious to munch on. 

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