Thanksgiving is a busy time. Generally, this holiday comes with one or several big dinners as well as many visitors. On top of that you need to keep your children busy and their bellies full. Extend the festivities of the holiday to their snacks with these amazing recipes and ideas. After all, kids have wild imaginations so you can let their creativity run wild and they’ll have fun with these Thanksgiving snacks.
Nothing says fall more than an in-season fruit, like apples! While some picky eaters might turn their noses up at a healthy snack such as apple slices, they’ll definitely be begging for more than one of these apple lollipops.
There’s no real recipe for this because it’s so easy. Start by purchasing lollipop sticks at your local craft store, dollar store or bulk food store. Then, cut apples into wedges and stick a lollipop stick in the bottom of the apple wedge. You can decorate them with melted chocolate, melted caramel candies or Greek yogurt for a frozen apple pop! There are so many great ways to get creative and your kids will love these.
Another great way to encourage your little ones to eat more healthy foods is to get creative with the presentation. This recipe shows how you can transform an ordinary healthy plate of fruit into a fun Thanksgiving-themed one.
The turkey body starts with a pear that is cut in half. Create a beautiful fanned tail by strategically placing chopped fruit on the platter.
https://thefirstyearblog.com/turkey-fruit-platter/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE FIRST YEAR BLOG
Nothing gets me more excited for Thanksgiving than a good ol’ pumpkin recipe. We’ve created an extremely easy and healthy pumpkin oat cookie recipe just for you!
The fun toppings will lure your kids in and the flavor will have them asking for more. Thanksgiving is a busy day and considering these cookies are so healthy you could even serve them to your kids for a quick breakfast on the go!
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/healthy-pumpkin-oat-breakfast-cookies/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
Cornucopia baskets remind me of traditional Thanksgiving decorations and that is what makes this snack so unique. These edible cornucopias are adorable, healthy and fun enough that your kids will want to eat them, even the vegetables!
This recipe will walk you through a few tips and tricks to achieve the perfect crescent roll cornucopia baskets. Get creative and cut the veggies into different shapes such as pumpkins and leaves. To complete the snack serve with a side of their favorite dip.
https://kidfriendlythingstodo.com/crescent-roll-cornucopias-with-vegetables-and-dip-a-thanksgiving-fun-food/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KID FRIENDLY THINGS TO DO
Much like the turkey fruit tray, this recipe shows how you can turn an ordinary snack into an intriguing and unique one. This veggie tray is fun to put together and you could even have your kids help you.
You’ll also be provided with a creamy homemade ranch dip recipe that will pair perfectly with the veggies. Create the snack together and then gobble it up together too.
https://www.skiptomylou.org/veggie-trays/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SKIP TO MY LOU
I truly believe pie is an essential part of Thanksgiving dinner. Along with classics like pumpkin and apple pie, pecan pie also reminds me of Thanksgiving.
Treat your kids with a healthy yet exciting snack like these pecan pie snack bites. As soon as you say pie they’ll perk up and gobble these down in no time. They’re created with wholesome ingredients and made in the food processor – so easy!
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/vegan-pecan-pie-snack-bites/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FORKLY
I’m not sure if the average child would dabble at an ordinary cheese ball, but I’m confident they’ll dig into this Thanksgiving turkey-themed cheeseball. It’s creative and fun and will have your kids snacking in no time.
Follow this recipe to create a simple cheeseball and then have fun with the decorating. When complete serve with your favorite crackers for a fun healthy treat.
https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/crafts-a-la-mode-4963329/thanksgiving-turkey-cheese-ball-4611778900 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: BLOG LOVIN’
One of the easiest snack to put together especially when you’re dealing with hungry screaming children is a bowl of chips. While it may be easy it isn’t always healthy.
For a much healthier option try making a batch of these cinnamon apple chips. Apples are in season right around Thanksgiving and the cinnamon spice flavor will add the perfect amount of sweetness that they’ll forget they’re eating a fruit. This healthy snack is sure to tide them over until the big Thanksgiving feast.
https://www.carriesexperimentalkitchen.com/cinnamon-apple-chips/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: CARRIE’S EXPERIMENTAL KITCHEN
This recipe takes a classic snack like hummus and puts a fun Thanksgiving spin on it. Whip up a batch of pumpkin sage hummus for a healthy snack that your children will enjoy.
This recipe is fantastic because it holds a lot of flavor but will only take you 5 minutes to create. This means you’ll have more time to focus on other Thanksgiving preparations.
https://twohealthykitchens.com/5-minute-savory-pumpkin-hummus/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: TWO HEALTHY KITCHENS
This snack is similar to the pecan pie bites but instead contain lovely flavors of pumpkin pie. They’re gluten-free and vegan-friendly, great for those who have a few dietary restrictions.
These snack bites are effortlessly made in the food processor and contain wholesome ingredients. Some of these include walnuts, dates, and pecans. They’re deliciously seasoned with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice.
https://www.hauteandhealthyliving.com/recipe-box/no-bake-pumpkin-pie-bites/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HAUTE AND HEALTHY LIVING
This healthy snack is tasty and can keep your little ones busy. Have them create a turkey cup out of disposable cups, googly eyes and colored craft paper.
When they’re finished, fill their cups with a delicious snack like veggie straws. They’ll be busy crafting and eating so you can stay on track with your Thanksgiving preparations.
https://athriftymom.com/veggie-straw-turkey-healthy-fall-snacks-thanksgiving-hacks-diy/ PHOTOS AND TUTORIAL HERE: A THRIFTY MOM
We’re including a set of fall-themed cookie cutters. The obvious choice for these is cookies, but if you use your imagination, you can use them for so much more!
Consider cutting out fun shaped sandwiches, fruit, soft veggies, or any other soft food you can think of. This fall-themed set comes with leaves, a turkey, a pumpkin, and a football so you can use them for not only Thanksgiving but for Halloween and football season too (we’re thinking a Super Bowl party?)
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Many kids love to snack on cheese, so get creative this Thanksgiving and serve them a platter of little turkey cheese’s. These are quite easy to make so you could make it a fun and edible craft that your kiddies would definitely enjoy making.
The body of the turkey is from a Babybel cheese. Then, use almond slivers for feather, cloves for eyes and a few other materials so they can get as creative as they want. This tutorial will provide you with 3 different designs to keep them busy.
https://www.livinglocurto.com/cheese-turkey-fun-food/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LIVING LOCURTO
When I stumbled upon this recipe I had to take a double take. They look like real pies, although, it’s really cheese and crackers – so creative!
All you’ll need to create this snack are a few crackers, cheddar cheese, and cream cheese. Have your little ones help you prepare them and they’ll feel proud of their masterpiece.
https://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/1017061/pumpkin-pie-cheese-appetizer-recipe PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SHE KNOWS
Macaroni and cheese is a kid-favorite. It’s easy, simple, cheesy and irresistible. With that said, your little ones will definitely love these pumpkin mac and cheese cups.
To give this mac and cheese snack a healthy makeover you’ll use a piece of broccoli for the base of the cups and the stem of the pumpkin. A muffin tin will help make this snack easy to create and effortless to clean up. It will also create the perfect rounded pumpkin shape.
https://raisingwhasians.com/easy-pumpkin-mac-n-cheese-cups/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: RAISING WHASIANS
Trail mix is an easy snack to throw together. It holds a high nutritional profile and can be deliciously sweet too. Another great thing about trail mix is you can customize the ingredients to whatever you like.
This recipe puts an exciting fall harvest spin onto a traditional trail mix recipe that makes this snack perfect for Thanksgiving. It’s sweetened with maple syrup and seasoned with pumpkin pie spice.
https://slimpickinskitchen.com/maple-pumpkin-fall-harvest-trail-mix-recipe/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SLIM PICKIN’S KITCHEN
Morphe the flavors of apple pie into a delicious oatmeal cookie. When they bake, the alluring aroma will have all your kiddies running to the kitchen.
These cookies are soft, chewy and thriving in warm flavors of cinnamon and apples. Encourage your kids to help you because they’re easy to make too!
https://amyshealthybaking.com/blog/2015/01/03/apple-pie-oatmeal-cookies/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: AMY’S HEALTHY BAKING