If your kids are too young for the “big-kid” desserts, there are plenty of delicious, nutritious substitutes. Plus, these recipes are easy to whip up on Thanksgiving morning with no added stress to the rest of your meal prep. Your kids will enjoy these healthy snacks for the kids’ table this Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving-Themed Fruit Platter or Veggies
Your kids may not jump for joy at the sight of a fruit platter or veggie tray, but what if you spruced it up a bit for the holiday? Get creative: arrange the fruits and vegetables on your platters in the shape of a turkey, fall leaves, or pumpkins. You could even get the kids involved if they’re enthusiastic about helping in the kitchen.
DIY Pumpkin Seeds
Now that Halloween is over, do you have any pumpkins left around the house? Maybe one or two that your family didn’t carve or that you left for decoration? Don’t throw out these gourds just yet—bring them indoors so that you can scoop out and cook their seeds. The kids will love this part. The process couldn’t be easier, and the result is delicious. All you need is a baking sheet and some salt and pepper, and you pop the seeds in the oven until they’re golden brown. If your kids love sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds have a similar texture and are also packed with nutrients and health benefits.
No-Bake Fall Bites
If you want your kids to stay away from all the sugar in a pumpkin or pecan pie, try recreating the flavors of these fall favorites in a batch of no-bake oatmeal bites. All you need is oats, peanut butter (or a nut butter substitute), chia seeds, honey, and your favorite fall seasonings. You can also instill the yummy flavors of pie with actual pecans and pumpkin seeds. Simply combine all the ingredients and roll them into bite-sized balls, ready for snacking.
These healthy snacks for the kids’ table are sure to be a hit this Thanksgiving. Your kids won’t even bat an eye at the desserts over at the “big-kid” table.