Healthy Snacks for Kids

Looking for some inspiration for your children’s lunchboxes, or maybe a fun activity you can do together? The kitchen is an exciting place for a budding chef, and with some adult supervision there’s no reason why little ones can’t join in the fun! We’ve put together some simple, fun, and mouth-watering healthy snacks recipes that will make even the fussiest eaters want to grab a bowl and start cooking.  

Delicious dips

Dips are simple to make and are lovely, healthy snacks for kids. They’re also an excellent way of getting your little ones to eat their vegetables – you can sneak some greens into the dip itself and use raw veggies, like carrots and cucumber, as scoops.

Here are three different dips you can try making – the method is the same, just with different ingredients.

Guacamole

  • 1 avocado
  • A couple of halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 crushed garlic clove (optional)
  • A sprinkle of salt
  • A dash of lemon juice

Hummus

  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 tsp tahini
  • 1 crushed garlic clove (optional)
  • A tiny bit of salt
  • A squirt of lemon juice

Yoghurt pesto

  • A couple of child-sized handfuls of basil leaves
  • 50g parmesan
  • 50g toasted pine nuts (toast in a dry frying pan – remember to keep kids out of the way for this bit to avoid accidents!)
  • 150ml olive oil
  • 150ml natural yoghurt
  • 1 crushed garlic clove
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Just pop your chosen ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve with some veggie sticks and warm pitta pockets or homemade oatcakes (see recipe below). Younger cooks can easily mix and add ingredients to these recipes, but it’s probably best to keep chopping and grating to adults and older children. Leave out the yoghurt from the pesto and let your child put it into some pretty (sterilised) jars and you’ve got perfect birthday or Christmas gifts!  

Awesome oatcakes

These healthy treats for kids and adults alike are great with cheese, ham and homemade dips. Get some cookie cutters out and make all sorts of fun shapes!

Ingredients

  • 225g rolled oats
  • 60g wholewheat flour
  • 60g butter
  • 75ml freshly boiled water
  • A sprinkle of salt
  • A sprinkle of brown sugar

Method

  1. Set the oven temperature to 200°C.
  2. Mix the butter with the boiled water – parents should take care of this bit!
  3. Mix the oats, flour, sugar and salt and add to the butter mixture. Mix until you get a nice, gooey dough.
  4. Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough to ½ cm thickness. Use a flat surface coated with more oats.
  5. Go crazy with the cookie cutters! Hearts, stars, dinosaurs – anything goes!
  6. Transfer your funky shapes onto greased baking paper and bake on a tray for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Transferring shapes can be a bit fiddly, so you may want to help your child out here with a spatula or a blunt knife. Prepare some toppings while you’re waiting for the oatcakes to cool and then tuck in!

You and your child will probably be coated in oat dust by the end of this, but that’s what busy chefs are supposed to look like. If you find yourself with some trickier stains, you can use our stain removal tips to find out how to get rid of them.  

Rainbow salad

A good thing to remember when trying to come up with healthy lunch ideas for kids is that food is much more fun to eat when it’s colourful! Let your child pick some fruit and vegetable of different colours (perhaps from your own vegetable garden ). Here are some examples you can look for:

  • Red: radishes, beetroot, cherry tomatoes, strawberries
  • Orange: pumpkin, carrots, oranges, papaya
  • Yellow: yellow peppers, bananas, melon
  • Green: avocado, fresh baby spinach, broad beans, green grapes
  • Blue/purple: blue grapes, plums

Help your child slice, dice or spiralise (cut into a funky spiral shape) the fruit or veg and have your master chef mix it together in a large bowl. Squirt some lemon juice over the salad to keep it looking fresh for longer. There you have it! And if you want a sweat treat for afterwards then why not try making some healthier ice cream for dessert too?