It's that moment that every parent dreads. One second your little angel is as calm as can be, and the next, the hangry monster comes out—waving off the apple slices and begging for cookies.
Well, when the kid demands dessert, give them dessert—or at least something that looks like it. These six snacks taste just as good as gummy bears, only they’re way healthier. Now that’s something both parents and kids can agree on!
Skip the neon push-pops in the freezer aisle and whip up this veggie-packed version instead. Avocado and banana add creaminess, while mango brings enough extra sweetness so the spinach is barely detectable. No popsicle molds? No problem—use mini paper cups and popsicle sticks instead!
As delicious as those fruit-on-the-bottom yogurt cups taste, they’re often pumped full of artificial sweeteners and high-fructose corn syrup. For a healthier option, try vanilla chia pudding with tangy apricot sauce. The recipe provides tons of omega-3s and vitamin C!
What kid isn’t a fan of a good PB&J? They’ll probably love these gluten-free cracker sandwiches even more—the fact that they’re covered in dark chocolate probably doesn’t hurt. The recipe also offers a perfect opportunity to get little ones involved in the kitchen—there are tons of tiny sandwiches to assemble!
Frozen Grapes and Berries
It doesn’t get much simpler than this: Wash and freeze a bowlful of grapes, blueberries, and raspberries until solid and serve. There’s nothing more refreshing on a hot day—they’re like instant, naturally mini popsicles!
Popcorn With Dried Fruit and Melted Almond Butter
With only about 100 calories per serving, popcorn makes a satisfying snack that won’t ruin your dinner. Make it a little sweeter by mixing in dried cranberries, figs, and cherries and drizzling melted almond butter over the top.
Baked Apple With Granola and Honey
Core a Granny Smith apple and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, or until it feels soft and tender. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, then top with your favorite granola and a touch of honey. It’s a great way to make fresh fruit taste like a fancy dessert!
Photo credit: Paul Delmont