Fun and Healthy Snack Ideas while at Home with the Kids
With everyone practicing social distancing, closing schools and some workplaces, Alberta families are spending their time together at home. We know that this change in routine will have many families looking for creative ways to keep their kids engaged and healthy, so we’ve put together a few simple snack ideas that kids will love. Get them to help out in the kitchen to occupy them for a few minutes and use cooking as an opportunity to talk about the local ingredients that come from your own backyard.
Mini Pita Pizzas
This is an easy DIY pizza snack that kids love to make. Simply lay out mini whole wheat pitas on a baking sheet, drizzle with a bit of canola oil and add a spoonful of your favourite marinara to cover each pita. Set out your favourite Canadian shredded cheese and some fresh veggies and let everyone add their own toppings.
Bake for 5 minutes at 400°C or until the cheese is melted (times may vary). Your
personalized mini pita pizza snacks are ready to eat!
For something different, instead of putting out a bowl of chips in the afternoon, consider making crispy chickpeas instead. They’re packed with nutritional value and still have that salty crunch that kids love. This recipe is super easy as it only requires 3 ingredients: Canned chickpeas, canola oil and your favourite seasonings. Check out this Alberta Pulse Grower’s recipe for full directions https://albertapulse.com/recipe/roasted-chickpeas/
Egg Salad Pin Wheels
Kids can get in on the fun in this classic lunch staple with a fun twist by rolling the egg salad into wraps. The egg salad pin wheel wraps are balanced with protein and fat from the eggs, and carbs from the tortilla. Simply serve with some carrot sticks and fresh fruit on the side for a fun and healthy lunch. See the full recipe and directions here: https://www.eggs.ca/recipes/egg-salad-pinwheel-wraps
Honey Quinoa Chicken Nuggets
Chicken nuggets are always a popular favourite. For lunch, dinner or even an afternoon snack, this Alberta Chicken recipe gives you a homemade, healthier option on a fan favourite. Have your kids join in on the fun of making their own chicken fingers! https://www.chicken.ab.ca/honey-quinoa-chicken-nuggets/
We’d love to hear some of your ideas for making healthy snacks while staying in over the next several weeks. Comment and let us know!