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Do you have trouble getting your children to eat healthy snacks throughout the day?
Or have trouble coming up with healthy snacks for your kids?
I used to!
With my girls being picky eaters, especially my 5 year old; I’ve realized how truly difficult it is to have my girls eat healthy snacks. That’s why this past year my two girls and I had an A to Z healthy snack challenge.
Over 26 weeks we came up with over 130 healthy snacks to eat. Some of the snacks immediately became favorite snacks that we all want to have on hand, while others weren’t so great. (It may have been a recipe I found, or the fact that it was the first time I tried making it. Don’t give up on the ones that didn’t work for us!)
Let’s have a look back on those 26 weeks, one letter at a time! With each letter, will come at least 5 healthy snacks. So, if you’re looking for snacks for your kids at home, or snacks to bring in to your childs school that starts with a specific letter; you’ve come to the right place!
Snacks that Start with F
After last week, letter E, and every snack being a veggie; it was nice to have a week with fruit (and chocolate). If this is your first time on my site; I have a whole A to Z healthy snack series. My two daughters, who were 1 and 4 at the time, had a healthy snack challenge with me. The goal was to get everyone to eat more fruits and veggies by focusing on one letter of the alphabet each week and having healthy snacks that start with the weeks letter. Week F was certainly more delicious than week E.
Like prior weeks in the series, there were some hits and misses when it came to the snacks. I’ll let you read about it below, but one major hit was on Tuesday. The miss of the week was on Thursday. Both were recipes that I had tried for the first time. And, both my 1 year old and 4 year agreed with me on how they tasted. Other than these two days, the week was pretty simple; it was a nice change of pace. There wasn’t much excitement at my home this week either, other than my husband trying to convince me that we need a dog. It seems like everyone in this area has a dog and they are welcomed in quite a few places, even at my husbands work. I’ve even seen people around here walk their dogs….in strollers.
If you would like to look through all of the letters of the alphabet snack series; just go here, to the A to Z snack series page. Here you will find healthy snacks for you and your children from A all the way to Z, at least 5 snacks per letter. Or, if you would like to simply see all of the snacks that we had through out this series, you can head over to the Master List of the Snacks.
We started the week off with fruit salad. And, I know, this may be simple, but it was delicious and took some time to prepare. Just ask my older daughter. She couldn’t wait for me to cut up all the fruit. She literally could not wait, she had me dish her up some without any pineapple or cantaloupe. And, my younger daughter was even less patient.
In the fruit salad we had: grapes, strawberries, cuties, bananas, apples, pineapple, and cantaloupe. And, to my daughters defense, I was washing all of the grapes and strawberries we had bought, while I was making the salad. So, it may have taken a little longer than it could have. We had fruit salad for breakfast on Tuesday, too. Then we finished it off on Wednesday by adding it to our fresh juice. And even though week F is over, my older daughter wants me to make fruit salad for her again!!
If you like the bowl I have in the picture above, you can purchase it online on Amazon, Kohls, or Walmart!
Avocado Dark Chocolate Fudge
On Tuesday we discovered or new favorite dessert, a new favorite vegan dessert!! I made avocado dark chocolate fudge. If you like chocolate, or fudge, then you need to try this. This snack was so rich and creamy and delicious; and packed full of good fats from the avocado. I’m not sure if this should count or not for a healthy snack. But, then again, there’s not really much bad in this snack, and it has 2 full avocados in it. It is divine. It was pretty melty the first day, even after leaving it in the freezer for a few hours, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, just messy.
It’s even more delicious the second day because it’s hardened up a little more in the freezer and had more of a fudge texture, instead of a melty, messy chocolate texture! And, the picture below does not do justice this dessert. It is sooo much better than my pictures portrays! (If you click on the link above, it’ll bring you to the recipe and the pictures look much prettier!)
Fugi Apple Dessert in a Mug
On Wednesday we had another delicious dessert. This time it didn’t take a few hours of waiting before we could enjoy it; this time it only took a couple of minutes. I made a super simple apple dessert in a mug with fugi apples. It was so good, my 4 year old has been asking for it for breakfast everyday since. She even helps make it. I chop up the apples and measure out the ingredients, she pours everything in and stirs. Then she has to wait about 2 minutes while it’s in the microwave and then wait for it to cool before she eats it. She isn’t the most patient little girl, and actually had me put her mug in the freezer to help it cool down faster.
I’ll be posting the recipe at a later date and updating this post when I do. There’s no refined white sugar and no white flour in the recipe.
If you want the bowl in the picture, which I absolutely love♥, you can buy it here!
Alright, on Thursday, we had our miss and my 4 year old was the first to try these and she completely regretted it; she couldn’t get it out of her mouth fast enough. I attempted to make homemade fig newtons. The recipe I found looked very promising, I almost messaged the creator before trying them because I thought we were going to love them. I’m glad I waited, these were disgusting. If we were to have these again I would make sure that the recipe…nope, we would probably just buy them from the store. There’s better things I could be making at home, like the fudge above.
Frozen Banana Mini Sandwiches
On Friday we had frozen banana mini sandwiches. Or, as my older daughter would say, we had banana chips with peanut butter and chocolate(nutella). I’ve been cutting up and freezing bananas on a regular basis for a few years now; I usually just use them in smoothies. Plus, if you forget to eat your bananas and they start to spot, it’s a good way to not let them go to waste. But, ever since I started freezing them my daughter would want to eat the frozen banana pieces and would call them banana chips. Add some peanut butter between two and it turns into well rounded snack, with carbs from banana and fat and protein from the peanut butter. She absolutely loves these, no surprise there! She also added strawberries and grapes to her snack because she wanted more fruit salad.
This past week was overall a great week. We came across a delicious new recipe that I will need to remember to write into my recipe book to keep forever. And, to sum up this past week with a list,
5 SNACKS THAT START WITH F
- Fruit Salad
- Avocado Dark Chocolate Fudge
- Fugi Apple Dessert in a Mug
- Fig Newtons
- Frozen Banana Mini Sandwiches
Please share if you found this useful. Go ahead and try this challenge out yourself with your kids; we all know it can be a challenge to get our children eating healthy, and the more options we have to choose from, the more we can all be successful at finding something they will actually eat!!
It’s easier to show them how delicious fruits and veggies are now, than waiting til they’re older and hoping they will eat healthy. This is something we need to teach them and lead by example with.
If you would like to find out all of the other snacks we had on this challenge, from the rest of the alphabet, you can:
- go back to the home page for this challenge
- check out my post 130+ Healthy Snacks from A to Z
- sign up for a printable version (that you can hand out to other parents who need ideas for snacks to bring to their childrens school)
Leave a comment with other snacks that start with the letter F. And, don’t forget to check out snacks that start with the letter G!
Or, if you want an amazing bundle to help yourself and children be healthy, check out this bundle I created specifically for moms who want their children to eat better!
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