ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Unhealthy Snacks for Kids

Updated on July 27, 2015

Kids love to eat. The problem is that they eat more foods that are unhealthy than those that are truly healthy. There are many ways kids engage into such a habit munching on junk food. Watching TV is one, playing on computers or even reading is another way. These popular foods will likely please any child, but there’s always a solution to turn them into a healthy snack.


Children just love pizza. The nutrition depends on what type pizza they eat, unless it’s loaded with veggies and baked in wheat crust. Small pizza rolls that can be heated in a microwave or oven is as popular it gets. Their greasy crusts contain saturated fat, and usually it’s just pepperoni and cheese, but no vegetables. Leftover pizza slices that were left in a pizza box are eaten as an appetizer, too. But still, pepperoni or cheese is the kind kids go for. To make pizza healthy, children should opt to sample more veggies for a crunchier snack. Or, parents can help them prepare homemade pizzas at home, with whole-grain crusts.

Doesn't this pizza look good?  Pizza-loving children will go crazy over it, despite its high fat contents.
Doesn't this pizza look good? Pizza-loving children will go crazy over it, despite its high fat contents.
Cast your vote for Crunchy Baked Chicken Fingers


When was the last time you saw a child purchasing a chocolate bar at a dollar store? Many stores have candies loaded with sugar. And if kids eat too much of the sweet stuff, not only they might get a stomach ache, but they could get tooth decay, too. Cookies, cakes, doughnuts, and some cereals also have sugar. Fresh fruit is sweet; they should try some of that instead.

Variety of baked sweets in display at a bakery.
Variety of baked sweets in display at a bakery.


Soda is just like candy. They, too, are often contaminated with sugar and empty calories. Unfortunately, children drink the soda when they should be drinking something more nourishing. If they’re outside playing and looking something to drink, they’ll rely on a Cola to quench their thirst. Water is definitely the best beverage. Freshly-squeezed juices are healthy and delicious as well.

Freshly-squeezed orange juice is a perfect substitution for soda and other sugary drinks.
Freshly-squeezed orange juice is a perfect substitution for soda and other sugary drinks.

Fried finger foods

Fried finger foods can either come from a fast-food restaurant or cooked at home. But what do kids typically enjoy that was fried in grease? Probably chicken nuggets and french fries. Other popular fried foods include onion rings, chicken strips, and doughnuts. When the foods are fried in vegetable oil, they become packed with empty calories. They help contribute to child obesity. Bake those French fries and chicken nuggets at least. Better yet, avoid them.

Because chicken fingers are very popular, here's a recipe for them, and they're done the healthy way:

Crunchy Baked Chicken Fingers

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: Serves four to six people
  • 4 cups corn flakes
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Lawry's seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 4 boneless chicken breasts cut into strips
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Crush corn flakes. (You can dump them into a large Ziploc bag and then use a rolling pin to do the crushing.)
  3. Mix together corn flakes, flour, seasoning salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning.
  4. Beat eggs with water. Dip chicken strips in egg mixture and then roll in corn-flake mixture. Press mixture firmly onto chicken to coat well.
  5. Lay chicken strips on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken strips are tender and cooked throughly. (Baking time depends on size of strips.)
  7. Set chicken strips to cool for about five minutes before serving.
Crunchy chicken fingers.
Crunchy chicken fingers. | Source

While it’s fun to eat these snacks, kids should understand these foods do little in a way of providing nutrition. They can cut down a portion and still enjoy them, and eat more fruits and vegetables. Drinking more water, not soda pop, is also an excellent step toward being healthy.

Thanks to KitchenLW from for the wonderful chicken fingers recipe!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)