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Healthy Snacks For Kids That Don’t Taste Healthy Does it sometimes feel like getting your child to eat nutritious snacks is impossible? With the right foods and recipes, you can create healthy snacks for kids that are so tasty, your kids won’t even realize they’re eating something good for them. “Getting kids to eat healthy foods is all about rethinking the ingredients,” says Laura Fuentes, creator of kid-friendly recipe site MoMables and author of “The Best Homemade Kids’ Snacks on the Planet.” The trick?

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Use healthy ingredients, but prepare them in a kid-friendly way. “Instead of steamed broccoli for example, put broccoli on a pizza,” Fuentes explains. With this in mind, whip up some of these healthy good-for-you snacks that taste so good, your kids won’t even realize they’re good for them — and remember the key to getting kids to eat healthy is to continually offer wise snacking choices!

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1. Freeze Healthy Popsicles

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Popsicles seem like a treat, but they can actually be healthy when you make them at home with fresh fruits and yogurt. Invest in some freezer molds and get creative with fruits. Recipes like these chocolate avocado popsicles from Momables are easy to make and taste great, and they’re filled with healthy antioxidant-rich ingredients.

2. Make Snacktime Pop Popcorn is a delicious, whole grain snack that kids love to customize! Skip the preservative-laden microwave variety and pop your own in just a few minutes with a popcorn maker or on the stove, then let kids add their own toppings and mix-ins, such as Parmesan cheese, dried cranberries or dried seasonings.

3. Offer Fresh Fruit Fruit offers kids a sweet treat, but little do they know just how nutritious those strawberries and blueberries actually are. For a quick treat for the kiddos try mixing a bowl of fresh berries with yogurt for a simple, healthy (but still sweet!) snack.

4. Slice Sweet Potato Chips If you have a chip lover on your hands, skip the deep fryer and swap in nutritious ingredients like sweet potatoes or apples, which are packed with vitamins.

5. Start Dipping Store-bought dips like hummus and guacamole make a protein-rich snack that will keep kids fuller longer and less likely to be nibbling constantly. Kids love to dip and tasty dips make a great way to sneak in vegetables. Offer veggies such as carrot sticks to dip into the hummus or sliced cucumber to dunk into guacamole.

6. Power Up with Smoothies Smoothies offer a tasty way to sneak in fruits and vegetables your picky eater might not otherwise try. When made at home, smoothies can be filled with fresh fruits and dark leafy greens. Make your own “milkshake” with frozen fruits and veggies to get your kids slurping up vitamins in no time. www.gulfcoastfamily.org

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