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Benefits of Making Healthy Snacks Visually Appealing to Kids

by Sarah Lyons


Now that we understand the great benefits to healthy snacking, how can we get our kids to eat the fruits and vegetables their bodies need? Preparing snacks that are fun encourages kids to try new foods and may even help them to forget they are eating healthy food at all. Here are some great snacks that kids will have fun eating.

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Healthy and Visually Appealing Snacks for Kids

- Frozen banana “ice cream” - For a tasty sweet treat that is also healthy, simply slice a banana and freeze overnight. The next day put the bananas in a blender or food processor and you will have a creamy, healthy snack that tastes similar to ice cream.

- Apple slices - Slices of apple can be more appetizing for kids and are fun to eat. Add a side of peanut butter for dipping to make them even more appealing.

- Fruit kabobs - Fun fruit kabobs are visually appealing and fun to eat. Create “caterpillars” out of grapes for a snack that is cute and healthy. Another way to make fruit appealing is to use cookie cutters to cut interesting shapes.

- Ants on a log - This cute snack is great for an afternoon snack or a fun surprise in the lunchbox. Simply fill celery with peanut butter and top with raisins to make “ants on a log.”

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- Dinosaur broccoli trees - To a kid, broccoli resembles a tree. Why not make it fun and bring the dinosaur toys to the table to “share the trees.” Add some fun dip like ranch, blue cheese, or cottage cheese to the side to make it more appealing.

- Zucchini spaghetti - Kids love spaghetti. This healthier alternative is just as tasty as traditional spaghetti noodles.

Sarah Lyons is a stay at home wife and mother of six children, including 18 month old triplets. Using creative consequences with her kids has improved their behavior and encourages healthy relationships with each other.

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