Nobody loves a theme more than me! I think a great way to introduce healthy foods to some of our children is to make it fun. So I decided to round up some of my favorite Fall Themed snacks for children, or grownups! Some of them are easy and take no time, other’s take more prep time. But they look so fun!We provide two snacks a day for our children, and create a snack menu based on healthy choices. We no longer allow families to bring in cupcakes or other sweets for birthdays, so we like to provide a “Birthday Alternatives” list. I think some of these healthy options would be awesome for making snack fun and special, while still keeping it healthy.It would be even better if you can get the little ones to help you prepare these snacks. You can turn a cooking lesson into discussions on healthy foods, turn taking, measuring, cause and effect, and so much more. Plus, children of all ages like to help out in the kitchen! Take a look at some of my favorites below.
Girl. Inspired created these delicious looking homemade popsicles. She lets each layer freeze for at least 5 minutes before pouring in the next layer. This does require a popsicle mold, but I can think of so many other combinations that would be just as delicious. This is a fantastic alternative to real Candy Corn, and all of the high sugar candies that start to come out this time of year. Kids will feel like they are getting a special treat, since we don’t do popsicles very often, when in fact they are getting a healthy alternative to candy or treats.
We generally don’t offer potato chips as a snack for our children, but these all natural sweet potato chips would be awesome. And since all you need is a microwave kids could definitely help make them! How easy are these, you literally slice, rinse, microwave for 3 minutes on each side, sprinkle with salt…and enjoy. Anyone could do it! I can’t wait to try!
While on the topic of chips, look at these delicious looking friend cinnamon sugar looking tortillas. With fall themed shapes, like these leaves, you can make something extra special for the kiddos. Children can definitely help cut the tortillas with cookies cutters to make fun fall shapes. But then you will need a separate space to safely fry them in oil. Sprinkle them with a cinnamon sugar mix and serve immediately. These look so tasty!
Now this recipe will definitely take more preparation and time, it takes over 2 hours to bake. But you could always prepare them the day before. During this time of year the majority of my students have recently gone apple picking. They come in after a weekend excited to tell all about their time at the orchard, and many of them bring in bags of apples to share. This is a really great way to use some of those apples! These Baked Apple Chips are extremely easy, just time consuming. Slice the apples, sprinkle with cinnamon, and bake. Ta-da! I think children will be excited about a new way to enjoy their apples!
Other great apple recipes are apple bran muffins or home made applesauce. We do this with the crockpot in my classes almost every year. The children love being able to measure ingredients, check throughout the day to see how the apples change, smell the smells, and then get to enjoy the finished product. This is a wonderful science experiment for them as well. How do apples go from solid to liquid? And the classroom smells unbelievably delicious All. Day. Long.
So simple, but this brings new life to boring snacks! How adorable is a peeled clementine or small orange and a stick of celery?! I love how easy this is, but will excite children for a fun Healthy Pumpkin Snack.
|Fall tree with Carrots, pretzels, and raisins
|Fall tree with Pretzels and Tomatoes
These last two I found while looking around but don’t have a source to send you to. I love how both of these snacks incorporate vegetables for a healthy snack. There is no way that they would stay looking this nice and neat, but they sure do make a statement! I think that children would also enjoy making their own food art, and changing up the pictures as they eat parts of the snack.
Do you have any go to snacks for the fall time? How do you make eating healthy fun?