Here at Healthy Little Cooks, we’re committed to empowering kids and their families to cook and eat healthy. One great place to start, especially with kid’s diets, is altering the kinds of snacks they’re eating. Kids love to snack, so this is a prime place to start with switching out unhealthy food items for healthier ones. One tip is to incorporate more fruit into their diet. We suggest serving fruit, along with a satisfyingly paired dip. Fruit tastes yummy and the act of dipping is fun, creating an easy transition for your kids from snacking on unhealthy food to a healthier option. Here is a list of some of Healthy Little Cooks’ favorite fruit/dip combinations:
Berries & Whipped Nutella
Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries are full of necessary vitamins and Nutella (a hazelnut/cocoa spread) is a popular chocolate spread. To create your dip, combine ½ cup half nutella with 1 cup of whipped cream and whip with a hand mixer. This will create a light and fluffy, less caloric dense dip without losing the chocolate flavor.
Apples & Peanut Butter
Sliced apples and peanut butter go great as a pair. Try using different colored apples for varied tastes, and substitute peanut butter for almond or cashew butter for a different flavor. Or for a child that has a nut allergy, use sunflower butter.
Grapes & Whipped Cream
Remix this traditional treat by slicing grapes (red or green, seedless) lengthwise and put them in the freezer for 5-6 minutes. Use yogurt as a whipped cream substitution. You’re kids will be thanking you for this cool snack on hot summer days!
Bananas & Greek Yogurt
Pump it up a notch by adding mixed nuts, raisins/craisins, or crushed granola to yogurt. You’ll increase it’s protein and fiber value while creating a new snack with varied texture and taste.
Pineapples & Cottage Cheese
The sweet taste of pineapple goes perfect with cottage cheese, not to mention the health benefits you get from all the vitamins packed in this yellow tropical fruit.