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Keep Your Kids Active & Healthy: 4 Tasty Snacks You Can Build Together

Getting children to eat healthily isn’t easy. To help you make the healthy option more appealing, we've created four snacks that show off the fun side of fruit and veg.

It can be tricky to find enough things to keep the kids entertained over half term, so we're here to help you out!

Getting your children to eat healthily isn’t always easy. With fast food restaurants on every street and sugary, high-fat snacks in every shop, young people’s heads are constantly turned by unhealthy choices.

We believe that the best way to encourage children towards a better diet is through education about nutrition and above all, making healthy food fun.

To help you make the healthy option more appealing, our expert nutritionists have created four special snacks that show off the fun side of fruit and veg. Once you’ve prepared the ingredients, all that’s left is to let your child go wild decorating their plate!

 

The Colourful Canine

 

Here’s a great way to get some fresh fruit into your child’s diet, which is always welcome.

Fruit and pancakes decorated to look like a dog

You’ll need:

  • Handful of raspberries
  • Handful of blueberries
  • 2-3 small pancakes

Why it’s good for your child


Raspberries and blueberries

Contain high levels of antioxidants, which help the immune system. This is especially important for children under five years old, as their immune systems are still developing.

If your child likes blueberries better than raspberries, simply swap the ratios around. For a bit of variety, you could even try a completely different combination of delicious berries!

Pancakes


Children love watching pancakes get made, so this will certainly put them in the mood for their healthy snack. Making them at home also means you can keep the sugar content nice and low.

 

The Really Tasty Robot

 

This has all the ingredients of a healthy sandwich, but we’re sure you’ll agree it looks a lot more fun!

Healthy food decorated to look like a robot

You’ll need:

  • 2 slices of brown bread
  • 1 hard-boiled egg
  • 3-4 slices of cucumber
  • 2 slices of cheese
  • 2 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1 black olive

Why it’s good for your child


Brown bread

One of the healthiest carbs you can give your child. High in fibre, it’ll help their digestion and is much better than white bread, which is usually packed with added chemicals.

Cheese

An important source of calcium and Vitamin D. Young children need this to ensure their growing bones stay strong.

Boiled egg

Provides protein for healthy muscles, bones, skin and teeth, and omega-3 fats, which help brain development.

Cherry tomatoes and carrots

Both are fantastic sources of Vitamin A, which your child needs for good eyesight.

Cucumber

Contains Vitamin E to protect skin against sun damage. This is particularly important for younger children, as their skin is more sensitive to the sun. Of course, it’s worth noting that cucumber is definitely not a substitute for sunscreen!

Black olives

One of the classic ‘you’ll like it when you’re older’ foods. They’re full of good fats that are great for your child’s heart, which is why olive oil is such a key part of the healthy Mediterranean diet. Using them as eyes on our robot is a good way to smuggle them onto your child’s plate.

 

The Flower Power

 

Vegetable sticks and hummus is a quick and easy lunch for a busy day. This dish looks like it was freshly picked from your garden!

Carrot sticks and celery arranged to look like a flower

You’ll need:

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 large stick of celery
  • 1 tub of reduced fat hummus
  • Handful of pumpkin seeds

Why it’s good for your child


Carrots

Everyone talks about carrots helping you see in the dark, and this isn’t just an old wives’ tale. In fact, carrots help day vision as much as night vision, as their high Vitamin A content is great for your child’s eyesight.

Celery

Famously low in calories, making it a great snack for kids. They’ll fill up on something that isn’t packed with sugar, while serving it with a dip is ideal for kids who aren’t fussed on the taste.

Hummus

Rich in fibre, Vitamin B6 and magnesium. We know that fibre helps digestion, while Vitamin B6 and magnesium will help your child’s body use the energy they get from food.

Pumpkin seeds

These offer more than just decoration. They’re rich in fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Research suggests that children who don’t get enough vitamins are more susceptible to diseases and infections in later life. As not all of these are made by the body, your child needs to get them through food.

 

The Friendly Fruit Face

 

Who’s this guy? We’ll leave it to you to choose a name, all we know is he provides three of your child’s five portions of daily fruit and veg!

Fruit plate arranged to look like a face

You’ll need:

  • 1 bunch of green grapes
  • Handful of blueberries
  • 2 rice crackers
  • 1 pear

Why it’s good for your child


Grapes and blueberries

As with our first dish, we’ve got plenty of antioxidants here. They’ll strengthen your child’s immune system, which is always a good thing, especially in younger children.

Rice crackers

Looking for something healthy to replace the familiar crunch of crisps? Rice crackers are a tasty, low calorie alternative, so this is a good opportunity to introduce them.

Pear

Pears are packed with Vitamin C. The most well known benefit of this nutrient is that it keeps your child’s gums healthy. However, it also helps produce white blood cells and platelets, which fight infections and boost immunity against a range of illnesses.

Introducing healthy food to your children

As any parent knows, getting your child to eat healthy food is often easier said than done. However, studies suggest that perseverance is the key.

Often, when young children claim not to like something, what they actually mean is that it’s different to what they’ve seen before. It can take up to 12 attempts for them to actually accept this scary new food, so don’t worry if they don’t take to it straight away.

It’s important not to be too strict, as this will simply provoke a rebellion, while banning familiar treats completely will only set these healthy dishes up as the enemy. A good balance and a generous pinch of patience is the key!

If you’ve got any tips to encourage children to eat more healthily, please share them in the comments below. For more advice on looking after your child’s health, hit the button below.

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