Salty or sweet, store-bought kids’ snacks have a few things in common—they tend to be jam-packed with refined sugars, Trans fats, and a whole lot of processed additives and preservatives.

However, we deem the following 8 kids’ treat recipes “sneaky” due to the fact that they are based on fresh fruits and veggies, complex whole grains, healthy fats, and lean proteins…

 

1. Deviled Eggs

Try swapping processed bite-sized snacks for these bitable, protein-loaded deviled eggs at your next picnic or sidelined at the soccer game. Believe me when I say that you can make delicious deviled eggs minus the mayo—just substitute it for a mix of Greek yogurt and Dijon mustard.

Source: Skinnyms.com

2. Avocado Boats

Kids love food that they can play with, which is why this avocado-based snack is the perfect way to incorporate healthy fats, antioxidants, and fiber into an after-school or after-dinner nosh-fest. Plus, you can make the avocado peel into a pirate ship—ahoy mate!

 

Source: SuperHealthyKids.com

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3. Sriracha-Roasted Chickpeas

Do your kids go wild for crunchy, spicy snacks? Well these flavorful, roasted chickpeas pack a mild bite thanks to the sass of sriracha sauce. Just pop a can of low sodium garbanzo beans and garnish with a marinade of ground cardamom, spicy Sriracha sauce, a dash of olive oil and sesame oil, and a sprinkling of sea salt.

Source: GlueandGlitter.com

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4. Fruit & Cheese Kabobs

These kabobs scream fun, fashioned out of lean cheese and sweet fruits cut with cookie cutter shapers. Kids will have so much fun eating them that they won’t even realize the low-fat cheese is high in protein and the fruit energy inducing and loaded with vitamins.

 

Source: Parents.com

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5. Ants on a Log

The ants go marching one by one, according to the imaginative little kids that munch these treats down. However, for parents can change that to the potassium (from fresh celery), the fiber (from the raisins), and the protein (from the almond or natural peanut butter) go marching into your youngster’s healthy little bodies when they snack on this nostalgic treat!

Source: Huffington Post

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6. Chocolate Energy Bites

If the kids get a little nibbley mid-morning or after school, try satisfying those rumbly tummies with a few bites of these hearty and nutritious energy snacks.  A protein-rich, sweet, and healthy fat combination of nuts (walnuts, pecans, and almonds), fruits (raisins and dates), hemp protein powder, and naturally sweet cacao powder and honey!

Source: Vibrant Wellness Journal

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7. Sweet Potato Baked “Fries”

Baked up slightly crispy on the outside, but soft and sweet on the inside, these healthier “fries” are brushed with olive oil and seasoned with kosher salt and chili powder and baked rather than deep fried for a more nutritious snack food.

 

Source: Parenting.com

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8. Frozen Banana Pops

I couldn’t even resist slurping down one of these healthier frozen treats! These simple bananas are covered in antioxidant-rich raw dark chocolate and then dipped in raw goji berries and cacao nibs (but you can use your favorite raw nuts too). The ice cream sundaes won’t be missed—at all!

Source: Skinny Ms

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Anna adores cooking, drinking wine, and listening to records, but she does a lot of yoga to balance things out ;) This explains the black bean brownie disaster of 2007 (don't bring that up). She's noshed in countries like Greece, Turkey, France, Ireland, Costa Rica, and numerous other weird, yummy places that will get her waxing all poetic about her favorite recipes.

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