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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsPreparing healthy snacks for children doesn't need to be difficult or time-consuming, but preparing things ahead of time is a good idea. You can cut up enough fruits for a couple of days and store them in a plastic container in the fridge. Pineapple and watermelon store really well in the fridge. Getting children involved in preparing fresh fruits and vegetables is a great idea. You can get them involved in selecting them, washing them, and even putting them onto things like fruit skewers. And some fruits, like bananas, grapes, and berries need no preparation at all, depending on the age of your child.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsCarrots, celery, and cucumber sticks make great finger foods. Adding some hummus dip to some vegetable sticks makes a tasty and colorful snack for children. If children are younger, you may need to steam hard vegetables, such as carrots or celery. Or adding peanut butter to celery sticks can be a tasty treat for older children.

Skip to 1 minute and 17 secondsIf you have time to get creative, there are some bright and colorful things that you can make that your children will love.

Skip to 1 minute and 25 secondsChildren will love these fun designs. D And And they make great, healthy party food options.

Skip to 1 minute and 34 secondsThese Apple Slinky Machines are available at homeware stores. And they're quite reasonable in cost. And they're another great way to make healthy food fun for kids. Or even try serving your cucumber in ribbons, using an average household peeler.

Skip to 1 minute and 54 secondsWhy not try making a colorful rainbow out of fruit? The children will love it. Or you can simply cut out some fun shapes with some cookie cutters.

Skip to 2 minutes and 9 secondsSo basically, it's about making everything fun by making things bright, colorful, while still being healthy and nutritious. But just be mindful about using sharp objects like skewers around children. You could use Paddle Pop sticks instead.

Making healthy snacks appealing

If you have time to get creative, there are some bright and colorful things that you can make that children will love.

In this video we suggest tips and ideas for preparing healthy snacks that are appealing for young children. Now we want to hear about your creative ideas.

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Preventing Childhood Obesity: an Early Start to Healthy Living

University of Wollongong

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