Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Love

Healthy snacks for kids
Recently, Nutritionist and Cheer Up Buttercups Co-founder, Allison Reyna, was asked by Time Warner Cable to do a short segment on healthy snacks that kids will love. Having tested these recipes on her three children, we can honestly say that these are snacks your kids really will love!

Whether they need a power snack in the morning, or an after-school snack to curb their appetite until dinner, your kids will approve of these choices.

Crock pot applesauce

Homemade Applesauce

Ingredients:

  • 8 apples of your choice, depending on how sweet you want the applesauce.
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • Cinnamon
  • 1.5-2 cups water

Directions:

  1. Peel and cut apples into chunks, and add them to the crockpot.
  2. Squeeze half a lemon over the top of the apples and add the water.
  3. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top and stir the apples.
  4. Cook the apples on high for about 4 hours or until the apples are soft.
  5. Once cooked, use a blender or hand blender until the apples form a sauce. You may need to add a little bit of water if it is too thick.

Peanut Butter and Banana Quesadillas

PB & Banana Quesadillas

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • Sliced bananas (apples work, too!)
  • Peanut or almond butter (any kind of peanut butter, really)
  • Butter or ghee
  • Optional–chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Spread pb on half of tortilla.
  2. Top with sliced bananas (and chocolate chips if using).
  3. Spread other half with just peanut butter so the tortilla sticks together.
  4. Fold tortilla.
  5. Melt butter or ghee in a pan on medium-low heat.
  6. Place tortilla in the pan, and then flip the tortilla once it starts to brown.
  7. Let it cool off, cut and enjoy!

No bake granola bars

No-Bake Granola Bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 2 1/2c nuts & seeds (such as almonds, chia seeds, cashews, walnuts, pepitas, sunflower seeds, etc)
  • 2/3c dried fruit (such as dried blueberries, apricots, dates, or cranberries)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or raw honey
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 cup peanut or almond butter

Directions:

  1. Line an 8″x 8″ baking pan with parchment or wax paper allowing the paper to hang over the edges for easier removal when finished.
  2. Combine the oats, nuts, and dried fruit in a large bowl and mix to combine.
  3. Add maple syrup or honey and apple sauce and mix to combine.
  4. Add peanut or almond butter to mixture and mix until combined.
  5. Place mixture in prepared pan.
  6. Place pan in freezer for at least 1 hour.
  7. Remove pan from freezer and cut evenly. Store in airtight container in fridge or freezer so you always have a healthy, nutritious treat on hand.

 

Don’t forget to check out our Time Warner Cable segment for other quick snacks!

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