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Healthy Fun Snacks for Kids

Updated on July 13, 2010

It can be a challenge trying to figure out healthy snacks you can serve to your kids that seem fun enough for the kids to actually want to eat them. Once you get the hang of it, you'll find that persuading kids to eat healthy snacks is a breeze -- as long as you put the emphasis on the presentation.

Kids like things that are fun or intriguing, and that includes the food that they eat. And let them help you as you make their snacks. Many of the recipes that are included here are simple enough that even young children can make them on their own. And generally speaking, if they like it enough to make it, they'll like it enough to actually eat it!

Here are a few recipes for healthy snacks that I made for my kids when they were younger. The presentation in all of them is fun, the ingredients healthy, and they taste pretty darn good too!


This is one the kids can do themselves. All you need is:

  • Organic peanut butter
  • Celery sticks cut into 3" pieces
  • Raisins

Simply take your celery sticks and fill the hollow part with peanut butter. Top with a few raisin "ants" and the kids will quickly chow down.


You will need:

  • 2 cups low-fat vanilla or other flavored yogurt
  • 1 cup assorted fresh berries
  • 5 pretzel rods broken in half
  • popsicle mold trays

In a large bowl, gently combine the fruit and the yogurt. Spoon into the popsicle molds (you can use small paper cups as well).

Cover the molds or cups with tin foil or plastic wrap. Using a sharp knife, cut a small hole in the wrap or foil and insert the cut side of one of the pretzel rods into each of the popsicles. Freeze until firm.

Can remain frozen for up to one month.

3: Fruit and Cheese Kebabs

You will need:

  • Honeydew melon and cantaloupe, peel removed and sliced into 1/2" slices
  • Assorted fresh berries
  • Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 1/2" thick slices
  • Mild Cheddar cheese, cut into 1/2" thick slices
  • 6" bamboo skewers

Using small cookie cutters to cut the cheeses and melons into different shapes (hearts, stars, flowers, etc.). Thread the fruit and cheese pieces onto the skewers. Serve with low-fat yogurt for dipping.

4: Fish In The Pond

You will need:

  • Rice cakes or popcorn cakes
  • Whipped cream cheese
  • Blue food coloring
  • Goldfish crackers

Put the cream cheese in a small bowl and add 1 or 2 drops of the blue food coloring. Mix well. Coat one side of the rice cakes with the blue cream cheese. Place goldfish crackers standing up in the cream cheese so that they look like they're swimming in a pond.

5. Mini Fruit Pizzas

You will need:

  • English muffins
  • Whipped cream cheese
  • Assorted fresh fruit

Cut the larger fruits into thin slices or wedges (kiwi, pineapple, peaches, apple, etc.). Cut medium sized fruit (strawberries, etc.) into smaller pieces or slices. Leave small fruit intact.

Cut the English muffins in half and toast lightly. Spread the English muffins with a thin layer of cream cheese. Top with the fresh fruit. (This is a great one to get the kids involved. Give them a selection of fruit and let them make their own "pizzas".)


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      Anthony Fazzary 6 years ago

      Kids love tasty things and fun things, so , together these ideas will do wonders for kids in starting to eat a healthier diet, and cutting down on childhood obesity.

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      JenDobson27 7 years ago

      Great info, thanks for sharing. Ants on a log was and still is one of my favorites!

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks for stopping by Wordscribe. Let me know what your kids think of the kebabs.

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      wordscribe41 8 years ago

      My kids love ants on a log. We will have to try the fruit and cheese kebabs, my kids would love that. Food presentation is huge with kids, I do as much as I can to make it look attractive and fun. Thanks for the great hub.

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      lrohner 8 years ago from USA

      Thanks Army! The best thing is, the kids can get involved with making these.

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      Army Infantry Mom 8 years ago

      That Ants on cerlery sticks is pretty creative (Boys will certainly like that). What I liked the most,..all of them are they are price effiecent which in these days and times are important, ...But also,..they are nutritional. Thanks for sharing them !!!