8 quick, easy and healthy kids’ snacks for under $10

8 quick, easy and healthy kids’ snacks for under $10

Looking for inspiration to make quick, easy, and healthy snacks for your kids? Read on.

If your kids are anything like my kids, they are either always hungry or don’t want to eat what is put in front of them. Especially when it comes to snacks!

Getting their main meals ready is not such a challenge for me, as they largely eat what the adults eat. My real struggle has been getting fun and healthy snacks ready for them to eat right after school, or use as a tummy filler if the dinner is late.

And another thing – I am not the best, or the most patient cook in the world. So I need recipes that are quick and easy, yet healthy and tasty.

Here are 8 family favourites, that work for me and my kids. Why don’t you give these tried and tested recipes a go too?

1. Berry berry creamy popsicles

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This a yummy treat that is perfect to give a boost of love and energy to the young ones (and the not so young ones) after a particularly long and busy day.

What you need:

  • 250gms berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) roughly chopped
  • 250gms cream cheese cut into chunks
  • 60gms Greek style yogurt
  • 5 tablespoons honey

What you do:

  • Take a food blender and blend the berries till they form a thick puree. Add in the cream cheese, yogurt and honey and blend again until smooth and well combined.
  • Pour the mixture into the popsicle molds.
  • Fold in some chopped berries if you want.
  • Freeze for 4-6 hours
2. Rainbow fruit sticks

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This snack is actually as much fun to prepare and present as it is to eat. My kids love all the yummy flavours, the colours and shapes. Sometimes, we even have battles with our fruit spears – but at the end the tummies are the real winners!

What you need:

  • Fruits of your children’s choice: grapes, melons, watermelon, pineapple, kiwis and mango.
  • Satay sticks
  • Cookie cutters of various shapes

What you do:

  • Cut the fruit into different shapes such as hearts and stars using the cookie cutters.
  • Spear them onto the satay sticks

Note: You can add in pieces of cheese in the middle of the spears to add in a bit of flavor and give the kids that extra protein and fat.

3. Mango and banana smoothie

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This one takes almost as little time to make as it takes to drink! A favourite of the kids and great for a pre-playground energy boost.

What you need:

  • One medium sized mango
  • One banana
  • 500 ml orange juice
  • Ice cubes

What you do:

  • Dice the mango into small chunks
  • Peel and chop the banana into slices
  • Add the mango and banana along with the orange juice and ice cubes into a blender until smooth and thick.

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4. Pizza crackers

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This little crispy version of a pizza is quick to prepare and delicious to eat.

What you need:

  • 8 square whole-wheat crackers
  • 3 tbsp. pizza or pasta sauce (preferably marinara)
  • 3 tbsp. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp. chopped broccoli
  • 1 tbsp boiled corn

What you do:

  • Set your oven to broiler setting and place the crackers on a baking sheet.
  • Top the crackers with marinara sauce, add on broccoli and corn and finish off with cheese on the top
  • Broil for 2-3 minutes until the cheese has melted
  • Serve warm

Note: You can replace broccoli with ham or pineapple for more options

5. Sweet and peppery popcorn

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A perfect snack to surprise the kids with on a Friday evening. Grab them, grab the popcorn and put on a family movie for some Friday evening fun!

What you need:

  • 100gms freshly popped corn (I pop my own corn, but you can use the microwavable ones as well)
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp honey or agave syrup

What you do:

  • Place the popped corn into a large bowl
  • Add in the spices
  • Pour in the honey or the agave syrup
  • Cover with a lid or foil and give it a good shake
  • Serve warm
6. Ham-and-Apple Wraps

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This no-cook snack recipe has been passed down the last three generations in my family. It is easy-peasy-lemon squeasy to prepare and yet packs a punch in terms of nutrition.

What you need:

  • One green apple, sliced into 8 with the core removed
  • 8 slices of ham
  • 8 strips of cheese (this is optional)
  • 8 toothpicks to skewer it

What you do:

  • ­Slice the ham into 2” wide strips.
  • Place the cheese strips on top of it
  • Wrap the ham and cheese around a slice of apple and skewer with a tooth pick
7. Cheater’s sushi

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Surprisingly a lot of kids love sushi, but it is not the easiest thing in the world to make for many of us. Here is a cheater’s version of it for you.

What you need:

  • Cucumber sliced into sticks
  • Carrot sliced into sticks
  • 2 slices of sandwich bread
  • Cream cheese spread (3 tablespoons cream cheese mixed with 1 1/2 tablespoons sour cream)

What you do:

  • Flatten the bread slices with a rolling pin.
  • Spread cream-cheese mixture over slices.
  • Place 2 carrot and 2 cucumber sticks at the bottom of each slice, letting the ends hang over edges. Roll up bread, pressing gently to seal, then cut each roll into 4 equal pieces.
8. Peanut butter-banana spirals

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This snack is prepared when I am feeling particularly indulgent towards my children. I even customize this – replacing Nutella for peanut butter on demand!

What you need:

  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)
  • 1/3 cup vanilla flavoured yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 2 ripe bananas, sliced
  • 4 (8-inch) flour tortillas

What you do:

  • Combine peanut butter and yogurt until it forms a smooth mixture.
  • Drizzle the orange juice over bananas and toss gently to coat each slice.
  • Spread about 3 tablespoons peanut butter mixture over each tortilla, leaving a 1/2-inch border.
  • Arrange the banana slices in a single layer over peanut butter mixture.
  • Roll up the tortilla and then slice each roll into 6 pieces.

Note: I sometimes add a dollop of cream on top just for that extra indulgence

Did I forget to mention that my one-stop-shop for everything I need, right from the fruits, vegetables, cheeses, crackers to the baking sheets and satay sticks is Fairprice? I get everything at I need and more, at one place and at amazing prices.

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Written by

Sumati Nagrath

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