Little girl eating a healthy fruit kebab with her proud mum.

Healthy Snacks for Kids

Some kids always seem to be hungry, but of course you don't want them to grab a chocolate bar or a bag of crisps just before dinner! These healthy snacks are great choices for kids, and they will help add important nutrients to your child's diet. Prepare snacks in advance and store in the refrigerator, or get the kids to help prepare their own snacks. This will allow them to see what goes into their food and to learn what food is considered healthy. Also helping out in the kitchen can teach measuring and chopping skills. Remember to always supervise children around sharp knives and hot stoves. 

Healthy Snack Recipes with Fruit

Fruit is the perfect natural snack — sweet and tasty, cheap when in season, and free from the artificial sugars and fats that can be so addictive for children. If you’re short on time, just give your children a banana or apple to eat, but here are recipes for two popular fruit-based snacks for kids. Serve these instead of sweets or cookies, and your kids will develop a healthy habit that will benefit them for years to come.  

Fruit Chaat

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 apple, cubed
  • 1 papaya, cubed
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/4 cup grapes
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp chaat masala
  • salt to taste

How to Make It:

If you can’t get all the fruits suggested, then others, such as peeled oranges or a guava cut into small pieces, will work well too. Mix together your fruits and the other ingredients in a bowl. Then refrigerate for an hour and serve chilled. It’s as simple and quick as that to prepare a healthy snack you’re kids will love!  

Pineapple Dip and Toast

What You’ll Need:

  • Whole wheat bread
  • ½ cup chopped pineapple
  • ¼ tbsp lemon jucie
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp sliced onions
  • 2 tbsp chopped mint leaves
  • 2 tbsp crushed garlic
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of sugar

How to Make It:

  • Except for the bread slices, mix together all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  • Then, toast the whole wheat bread, this will give it a nice crunch.
  • Cut the toast into 3 - 4 slices in any shape you like – triangles, rectangle, even stars if you’re feeling creative!
  • Place the dip in a small bowl or egg cup and add a sprig of mint to garnish. Then, serve the pineapple dip and toast, and get dipping!

You can double the mixture up to make a larger quantity of the dip if you have multiple hungry mouths to feed.  

Healthy Snacks for Children with Vegetables

Sweet fruits may be preferred by your child, but vegetables are another great base for healthy snacks, so encourage them to explore their taste buds. Recipes like these below can be an important source of fibre, with less sugar than fruit-based snacks.  

Hara Chana Ki Chaat

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups hara chana (green chick peas)
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp fresh, chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 /4 cup red onions, chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup tomatoes, chopped fine
  • 3 to 4 green chillies, finely chopped
  • ¼ tsp cumin seed powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional: 1 green chilli chopped finely

How to Make It:

  • Boil the chick peas in a pan on a high heat. Then, drain, rinse, and leave to cool naturally.
  • Place the rest of the ingredients (except the lime) in a bowl and mix together.
  • Make sure all the ingredients have been distributed even, then squeeze half a lime on top.

Check the level of acidity and add more lime if desired. Then you’re ready to serve. Hara Chana Ki Chaat is perfect as a small salad, or side dish for your kids to snack on before meal times. 

Crunchy Vegetable Soup

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 chopped garlic clove
  • 1 tsp finely grated fresh root ginger
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 850ml vegetable stock
  • 400g chickpeas
  • 100g chopped green beans
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil

How to Make It:

  • Heat the oil in a saucepan, then add the onion, ginger and garlic.
  • Leave to simmer for 2 mins and, add the garam masala.
  • Cook for another minute and then add the stock and carrots. Simmer for a further 10 minutes and add the chickpeas.
  • Use an electric hand whisk or a traditional whisk to give it a final whip together.
  • Add the beans, stir, and leave for to cook for a further 2 minutes. Serve warm, for a healthy, flavor packed snack.
  • Determine the portion size, depending on how long there is until the next meal time, the rest can be stored in a plastic container in the fridge to be used the next day. You can also give your little one a small piece of naan bread to dip in their soup, if they’re extra hungry!  

Preparing healthy snacks for kids, that taste great too, is easy with these recipes; in fact they’re so flavoursome that you’ll have your kids asking for more nutritious, simple-to-make snacks!

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