This post contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure policy. I am serving up green snacks in today’s post. Read on for some of my kids’ favorites as I share my struggle to get them to eat more green foods.
I wish my kids loved vegetables as much as I do. It would make my life so much easier. So. Much. I worry daily about how many veggies they are eating and the variety they are getting in their diet. I ponder how I can get them to try new vegetables, and try to brainstorm recipes and seasonings to make them more palatable. Half the time, I just keep re-introducing and praying that this will be the day they’ll fall in love with asparagus…or spinach…or any green vegetable besides cucumber! When I do find a vegetable or recipe that they love, only one of my children is on board. I was ecstatic when I made this kale salad and Alex devoured it, but was brought back to reality when the other two politely told me they didn’t love it as much. If I ever get two to love something, that’s a huge win! My default is to always have carrots on the table. It’s the one vegetable I know that everyone will eat. So, if they don’t go for the other one on the table, I can kinda pacify my worries knowing there is another vegetable option for them.
Green food, in general, is a tough one for me to get my kids excited about. As someone who’s favorite color is green and the color of most of the food on my plate at every meal, it’s hard for me to understand why they don’t get as excited about green food as I do. I have to get creative about introducing green snacks, and try new things a lot. When I find green snacks that they love, I make sure to keep it on hand to have on the ready for snack time.
Below is a list of my kids’ favorite green snacks. It includes fruits and vegetables, and some greens too! It is simple, easy food, but it’s all healthy and makes me feel good about serving it, leaving me more time to worry about whether or not they’ll try the vegetable on tonight’s dinner menu!
My Kids’ Favorite Green Snacks
1. Green apple and almond butter
I will choose a green apple over red any time, and my kids will too! They dip their slices in almond butter for a sweet green snack that is full of protein and crunch.
Don’t think of pesto as just a pasta sauce. It also works great as a dip with sliced carrots, or spread on bread. You can make it with any leafy green or herb too (a great way to sneak those greens in – arugula, spinach, kale…). I love my basil recipe, but this walnut version is also a favorite in our house:
In a food processor, blend 1/4 cup walnuts, 2 cups basil, 1/4 cup Go Veggie! grated Parmesan cheese, juice of 1 lemon, 1/2 cup olive oil, 3 garlic cloves, and salt to taste.
3. Cucumbers with Chile Lime Salt
This is one green vegetable that I don’t have to fight with my kids about eating (well, at least 2 of the 3…and I think a cuke is technically a fruit….) I drizzle lime juice and Trader Joe’s Chili Lime Salt over cucumber slices. This tops the list of favorite green snacks for Jake and Gaby. They taste great dipped in homemade guacamole (see #4).
Avocados don’t stay long in our house. My kids love them as much as I do! Full of “good for you” fat, I am happy to whip up a batch of homemade guac, my kids’ favorite of the green snacks on this list! Just mash 1 avocado with freshly squeezed lime juice and salt, to taste. Keep things healthy by serving them with fresh veggies or baked chips, such as Beanfields Snacks Bean & Rice Chips.
5. Edamame crackers with edamame hummus
I discovered these crackers from Trader Joe’s when Jake, my youngest, went on a gluten-free diet about a year ago. He loves to dip them in Trader Joe’s edamame hummus (or try my homemade recipe.)
What are your kids’ favorite green snacks?