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5 Healthy Snack Ideas for End of School Year Celebrations
When spring rolls around, you can be sure that schools all over the world are gearing up for graduations, parties, and activities to commemorate the end of a successful year. If you need some fun and healthy snack ideas for kids to include in your celebration, check out our suggestions! Follow up the celebrations with the Moshi Moment Delightful Deep Breathing with Nancy about a cute Moshling cake who knows the importance of calming down after a lot of excitement!
5 Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids
Veggie Cups | Prep time: 10 minutes
These veggie cups are an easy, healthy option for any indoor or outdoor gathering. All you need are a few items:
- Sliced vegetables like carrots, bell peppers, or broccoli
- Small paper or plastic cups
- A vegetable dipping sauce of your choice
First, you put a small amount of your dipping sauce at the bottom of your cup. Then, all you have to do is place 3-5 vegetable slices in your cups. And just like that, you have portioned, individual snacks ready for your students!
Trail Mix Clusters | Prep time: 25 minutes + chilling | Makes 4 dozen clusters
If you have some extra prep time, these trail mix clusters are a great option to provide something sweet without overloading on added sugar. Here are the ingredients:
- 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup of unsalted sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup of salted pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup of chopped cashews
- 1/2 cup of pecans
- 1/2 cup of shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
- 1/2 cup of dried cherries, blueberries, or raisins
This is a forgiving recipe, and you can also substitute these ingredients easily if there are any nut or seed allergies. Once you have your desired ingredients, melt the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, stir until smooth, and then add in the remaining ingredients. After that, you can portion out each cluster onto some wax paper-lined plates and baking sheets. Refrigerate until firm, and you’re ready to go!
Popcorn Station | Prep time: 10 minutes
Since it’s a party, kids will love being able to visit a popcorn station and build their own snacks! You can choose any appropriately-sized cups or bags to control portion sizes. Choose 5-10 toppings or flavorings, provide some salted or unsalted popcorn, and then let your students create their own masterpiece. Here are some ideas for toppings:
- Chex squares
- Pecans, peanuts, or cashews
- Mini marshmallows
- Breakfast cereals
- Raisins or dried fruit
- Caramel, chocolate, or fruit drizzle
While this has the potential to get a little messy, it’s an easy and completely customizable recipe for any end-of-the-year gathering.
Fruit Cones | Prep time: 20 minutes
This recipe is a nice substitute for ice cream while also giving kids a sweet and refreshing treat. Here’s what you need:
- Waffle cones
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips
You can sometimes find waffle cones that are pre-dipped, but you can also melt some semi-sweet chocolate chips to dip your cones. If you want to skip the chocolate, that’s fine too! All you need to do is chop the fruit you would like to use into bite-size pieces, and load the cones a little past the rim. You can take it further by providing a caramel or chocolate drizzle, but even the basic version of this recipe is a great idea for an outdoor spring party.
PB&J Bites | Prep time: 25 minutes + chilling | Makes 12
A poppable and healthier twist on the classic will be a familiar flavor to your partygoers. All you need is 4 ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cups of quick-cooking oats
- 1 cup of creamy peanut butter
- 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar
- 6 teaspoons of your favorite jam
Combine 1 cup of your oats and all of your confectioners’ sugar and peanut butter into a blender until well-blended. Shape your dough into 1 1/4-inch balls and flatten until they’re about 1/4-inch thick. Next, add a small dollop of your jam into the center of the flat dough and fold and pinch the edges closed. Roll into a ball and then roll in your remaining oats. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and enjoy!