Quick and Easy Kid-Friendly Snack & Meal Ideas

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on July 25, 2011

‘”Mommy, guess who is very busy right now?”

“Who?”

“Auntie Angie is very busy right now.”

“Oh really?”

“Yes. She’s busy baking us all kinds of treats! heheh”

Clearly, my nephew Ethan has been reading my blog! He said that to Kristi as they were flying to Ontario this weekend.

And he was right; it was a very busy weekend cleaning the house, stocking the fridge and freezer, cooking/baking, and wrapping gifts! I’m feeling pretty relaxed though because I didn’t leave everything to the last minute and I got all my meal planning done last week. I really don’t know who I am anymore!

This weekend, I channeled my inner child and tested out a couple kid-friendly snack and meal ideas that I can make while my nephews are here. They are also adult-friendly too of course (and aren’t we all just big kids at heart?).

1) Apple Sandwiches

with peanut butter, granola, vegan overnight oats, chocolate chips (or raisins), coconut

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I spotted this idea on Pinterest and I knew that it would be a hit with kids.

Just grab an apple, slice it crosswise, and then use a large pastry tip to punch a hole through the centre to make an ‘apple bagel’ slice.

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Then just layer on peanut butter, granola, VOO, coconut, raisins, chocolate chips, etc…anything you desire! These will be really fun to make with my nephews because they can create their own.

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2) Chunky Whole Fruit Popsicles

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Ange told me about these popsicles and I knew I had to make them for my nephews. All you do is cut up your favourite fruit, drop it into a popsicle mold, and then fill up the remaining space with juice. Freeze overnight.

For the juice, I used this delicious pineapple coconut juice. It’s also clear, so the fruit shows through quite a bit.

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They taste great and I’m sure the boys will love ‘em on those hot days!

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3) Carrot Spice Muffins 

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My nephews love muffins, so I will definitely be making a batch of Carrot muffins while they are here!

4) Fruit Pizza with Avocado Lime Whip on a Cinnamon Sugar Crust

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This dessert pizza is not only packed with nutrients, but it’s a hit with everyone who tries it. Kids can also help make the pizza too.

5) Green Monsters & Smoothies

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My nephews love Green Monsters & Smoothies, so we’ll be making lots of these this week.

6) Easy Cheezy Crackers & Homemade Hummus

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These crackers are not only my favs, but they are extremely quick to make and the dough is easy to roll! Kids will have fun using cookie cutters to create all kinds of shapes. They go great with Cheezy Hummus or my favourite homemade hummus.

7) Frosty No Bake Chocolate Cookies

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Seconds to whip up, these freezer cookies are great for the summer and filled with healthy ingredients like chia seeds and rolled oats, but the kids won’t know the difference.

8.) Lightened Up Summer Granola

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My nephews love granola with milk for breakfast, so a batch of this will definitely go quick!

9) Almond Butter Rice Crisp treats

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It’s a bold statement, but I think these Almond Butter Rice Crisp treats are better than the ones I used to make as a kid. Even better, they have ingredients that you can feel good about!

As you know, I’m not usually a meal planner, but when I’m playing hostess for a week and kids are involved, I like to plan ahead.

This week’s kid-friendly meal plan:

Monday: Hawaiian stir-fry with coconut rice

Tuesday: Potluck dinner @ family gathering (I’m contributing Back on Track Wheatberry salad and dessert)

Wednesday: BBQ homemade burgers, roasted veggies, fries, Weekend Glow Kale Salad 

Thursday: They will be away this night so Eric and I will probably grab something easy

Friday: Restaurant

Saturday: Build your own pizza night (so excited for this!) + salad (Kerrie and the family join us for the weekend)

Sunday: Pasta dish/casserole (TBD), garlic bread, salad, etc

Lunch ideas: Mac ‘n cheese (using this sauce), peas, and veggie dogs, grilled cheese, sandwiches/subs, etc. 

If only I could be this organized every week!

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The lovely Janetha rallied the blogging community together to support Susan with this huge fundraiser..and it’s bigger than we ever dreamed it would be! The blogging community is powerful beyond measure and I know this fundraiser is going to be a huge success.

I have donated 20 Glo Bars up for auction and will ship to anyone in the US or Canada and there are hundreds of other amazing auction items to bid on! It runs from 8am EST until 4-11pm EST (staggered closing) TODAY July 25th.

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Terezka July 26, 2011 at 3:49 am

Hi! I would like to make your blondies for this Saturday. Will they still be good if I make them Thursday evening, or is it better to make them Friday? Thanks!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) July 26, 2011 at 6:44 am

I would make them the day of or the night before. Enjoy!

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Beach Bum Beauty July 26, 2011 at 6:32 am

What a spread! I love the popsicles and rice crispy squares, they are making me reminisce about my childhood. No prizes for guessing what I’ll be doing this weekend!

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Lauri July 26, 2011 at 7:26 am

Angela,

I love all of your recipes! I made the no bake frosty cookies last night and added some peanut butter. Thank you for sharing all you wonderful ideas!

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kaila @ healthyhelper! July 26, 2011 at 7:48 am

I love the popsicle idea! I’ve got to try that!!!!

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Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes July 26, 2011 at 7:53 am

All of these recipes sound amazing. I want to make those posicles right now!!!

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Snack Girl July 26, 2011 at 8:22 am

Wow! These look so delicious – I spend a lot of time on kid friendly snacks on Snack Girl and I will have to try some of these on my kids!
http://www.snack-girl.com/recipes/?r=kid-friendly

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LizAshlee July 26, 2011 at 9:01 am

I think all those snacks would definitely be adult friendly too! They all look so delicious!! You are such a great aunt!!!

Have a wonderful day & enjoy your time with your family!!

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Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner July 26, 2011 at 9:20 am

Apple Sandwiches?! Oh my gosh.

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Jen @ keepitsimplefoods.com July 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm

AMAZING! You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy those delicious snacks! :)

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Amy July 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Yum! These ideas are great! Esp. since I have 4 nieces!

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Liz @ iheartvegetables July 26, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Wow these recipes will also be great for the guy-friends in my life who are as PICKY as kids! haha

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Sheryl July 27, 2011 at 2:46 am

Thanks so much for this post! I love it!

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Susan July 27, 2011 at 7:10 am

I can’t even remember how I recently came across your site, but I have loved trying out some of your recipes! I am especially greatful for this post, as I am in the process of teaching my kids about nutrition & how to make healthy food choices. All of the “busy, busy, busy” in life can make it seem like there just isn’t time to prepare food that is both quick & healthy. I have found that that is such a MYTH (!) in our world of fast food on every corner. Sometimes the hardest part is just coming up with something DIFFERENT. I am so excited to try these recipes out w/my kiddos!
Thanks for sharing your ideas!!!

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saniel July 27, 2011 at 8:18 pm

so the nephews are vegan too? that is great! way to lead by example

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Sarah with Veggie Kids July 31, 2011 at 12:07 pm

I’m making those apple sandwiches for my kids for lunch today-yum, can’t wait to see how they like it! I just published a children’s book titled “The Boy Who Loved Broccoli” which is aimed at getting kids to eat their veggies! Anyway, I’d love to send you a copy for your lil’ nephews if you’d like.
Thanks!

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Hayley July 6, 2013 at 12:54 pm

I just tried out your chunky whole fruit popsicle idea and put it up on my blog! I didn’t have any juice at home, so I had to resort to yogurt instead. But they still turned out pretty good! Thanks for the idea! Next up is your apple sandwiches. You’re a genius!

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krista October 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Hi,
Pinned this the other day and bought all the ingredients needed for the fruit pizza but now can’t seem to open the link. It sends me to a broken page.
Can you please send me the recipe ?? Thanks a bunch

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Angela (Oh She Glows) October 8, 2013 at 7:29 am

Hey Krista, I think Recipage was down yesterday, but its working now. Here is the link! http://ohsheglows.com/recipage/?recipe_id=6001759&prev_term=pizza

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