Healthy Snack Recipes for Kids

  • 01 of 10


    Hummus. Jamie Grill/Getty Images

    This hummus dip is one of those uber-healthy snack recipes that is loaded with protein, vitamins and fiber. Even better: This hummus is a cinch to put together -- it's all made in the food processor. And you can make this healthy snack recipe in advance, and munch on it all week long.

    I like to serve this hummus with pita chips, carrot sticks, celery or red bell pepper strips. My youngest likes to eat hummus with tortilla chips (try blue corn tortilla chips or multi-grain tortilla chips for variety).

  • 02 of 10

    Blueberry Fruit Smoothies

    Blueberry Fruit Smoothies
    Blueberry Fruit Smoothies. Taesam Do/Getty Images

    It's hard to believe this Blueberry Fruit Smoothie Recipe is good for you, because it tastes like a blueberry milkshake. Icy and sweet, these blueberry smoothies make a great healthy snack recipe for kids or even a healthy breakfast for busy mornings. Made with just frozen fruit, natural fruit juice and yogurt, these blueberry fruit smoothies are loaded with powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, calcium and fiber. What more could you ask for in a healthy snack recipe?

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  • 03 of 10

    Healthy Popcorn Recipe

    Healthy Popcorn Recipe
    Healthy Popcorn. Reggie Casagrande/Getty Images

    This healthy popcorn recipe starts with air-popped or stovetop popcorn (I like to make it in my Whirley Pop Popcorn Popper). The popcorn is then tossed with a little butter and nutritional yeast.

    Nutritional yeast is not the same thing as active dry yeast. It's full of B vitamins and amino acids - look for it in health food stores. But the best part is it has a cheesy, nutty flavor. So this popcorn tastes almost like cheese popcorn.

  • 04 of 10

    Frozen Grapes

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    Frozen Grapes. Stephanie Gallagher

    This recipe for frozen grapes proves just how much a simple change of temperature can completely alter the texture and flavor of a food. This recipe has just one ingredient -- grapes -- but by freezing them, they taste almost like frozen sorbet. I like using organic red grapes for this healthy snack recipe, but feel free to use green grapes, too. Kids of all ages adore this healthy snack (and so do adults). Just be sure to wait until your kids are over age 3 before serving them grapes -- grapes can be a choking hazard for toddlers.

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  • 05 of 10

    Roasted Chickpeas

    roasted chick peas
    Roasted Chickpeas. Stephanie Gallagher

    Chickpeas, also called garbanzo beans, are an excellent source of fiber, protein, iron and vitamin C. And with just three ingredients, this roasted chickpeas recipe is a snap to prepare. Even if your kids don't normally like chickpeas, give this recipe a try. When the chickpeas are roasted, they develop a crunchy, nutty flavor, similar in texture to peanuts.

    Be sure to wash the chickpeas thoroughly before tossing with the olive oil and salt. This washes off a lot of the unnecessary salt found in canned chickpeas.

  • 06 of 10

    Yogurt Fruit Parfait

    Yogurt Fruit Parfaits
    Yogurt Fruit Parfaits. Stephanie Gallagher

    These yogurt fruit parfaits look like ice cream sundaes, but they're far healthier than an ice cream sundae. Made with fresh strawberries, heart-healthy almonds and calcium-rich yogurt, these yogurt fruit parfaits are full of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. But all the kids will know about this healthy snack recipe is that it tastes terrific. Serve these yogurt fruit parfaits for an after-school snack or a light dessert, and watch the kids gobble them up!

    And don't be afraid to change the ingredients to suit your tastes. These yogurt fruit parfaits would be terrific with blueberries, lemon yogurt and kiwi, too.

  • 07 of 10

    Healthy Rice Crispy Treats

    Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats
    Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Treats. Stephanie Gallagher

    These peanut butter rice crispy treats make a healthy alternative to traditional rice crispy treats, and the kids love them. Made with peanut butter, crispy rice cereal and brown rice syrup (look for organic puffed rice in the natural foods section of your local supermarket), these all-natural rice crispy treats are as tasty as the originals, but with more fiber and protein and less sugar.

  • 08 of 10

    Yogurt Dipped Strawberries

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    Yogurt Dipped Strawberries. Stephanie Gallagher

    These yogurt-dipped strawberries are a celebration of different textures and flavors. Sweet, juicy strawberries are dipped in vanilla yogurt (what kid doesn't like dipping, right?), then rolled in natural granola in this tasty yogurt dipped strawberries recipe. If you prefer a thicker textured yogurt, try this recipe with honey-flavored Greek yogurt instead of vanilla yogurt. And if you don't eat dairy, this recipe works just as well with soy yogurt.

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  • 09 of 10

    Grilled Peaches

    Grilled Peaches
    Grilled Peaches. Stephanie Gallagher

    This grilled peaches recipe is an example of combining simple flavors to create something truly extraordinary that both kids and adults will like. Fresh peaches are grilled, then topped with shaved parmesan cheese, toasted walnuts and honey. Even better: This recipe is full of good nutrients. Peaches have vitamin C and fiber, and walnuts have heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The shaved Parmesan cheese adds a salty elegance (and calcium) to this recipe, and a drizzle of honey makes this healthy snack recipe sweet enough to serve for dessert.

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  • 10 of 10

    Soft Pretzels

    homemade soft pretzels
    Homemade Soft Pretzels. Stephanie Gallagher

    What kid doesn't like soft pretzels? Unfortunately, many of the soft pretzels you buy at malls and fast food places are not terribly healthy. But it's really fairly simple to make soft pretzels at home just by following these easy, step-by-step directions. And when they're homemade, you know exactly what goes into them.

    The hardest part about this soft pretzel recipe is twisting the dough. The kids might want to do it with you, but if you don't want to mess with the twisting, just make this recipe as soft pretzel sticks rather than the traditional pretzel shape. They taste just the same!