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Healthy Kid-Friendly Snacks Made With Milk

3 Healthy, Delicious Snacks That Will Curb Kids' Cravings

Believe it or not, it's possible to whip up nutritious snacks that kids will actually like. We've partnered with Milk Life to make snack time even easier.

Pint-sized palates aren’t always the most adventurous. Our taste buds evolve as we age, and some researchers believe that complex flavors like bitterness and spiciness just don’t taste as good to kids. Finally, a good reason why your little ones won’t eat broccoli!

There is one flavor that almost all kids love: sweetness. Next time your little ones come home hangry and craving dessert, offer them one of these healthy sweet snacks instead. Wholesome ingredients like fresh fruit, whole grains, and real milk pack in both nutrients and flavor, so they won’t be disappointed. The milk alone contains plenty of calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and high-quality protein. Plus, all those nutrients will keep kids satisfied, so they won't need an extra snack before dinner. Once your little ones take a bite of these three snacks made with real milk, they won’t even miss the junk food.

Chia Seed Pudding
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Skip the single-serve pudding cups and instead serve a chia seed pudding made with milk. Unlike sugary custards, this pudding is filling enough to keep little ones satisfied until dinner time. Kids might be unsure about the texture of soaked seeds at first, but familiar toppings like crunchy granola and blueberries will win them over in no time.

You’ll need:
  • 3 cups milk
  • ¾ cup chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey
  • Granola, for topping
  • Fresh fruit, for topping
Directions: Mix together whole milk, chia seeds, and honey in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Top with granola and fresh fruit to serve.
Peaches and Cream Popsicles
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These creamy, dreamy popsicles take the classic flavor combination of real milk and sun-ripe peaches to the next level. These pops taste so good frozen, little ones will think they came from the ice cream truck.

You’ll need:
  • 2 ½ cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon agave
  • 1 cup white chocolate

Directions: Add peaches to a blender and blend until smooth. Add milk and agave, then blend to combine. Pour the mixture into popsicle molds and freeze for 4 to 6 hours, or until solid. Microwave white chocolate for 30 seconds at a time until melted. Dip the top of each popsicle in the white chocolate, then enjoy immediately or return to the freezer.

Carrot-Apple Oat Muffins
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These snackable muffins get their gorgeous golden hue from carrots, but that’s as far as the vegetable’s influence goes. Even picky eaters will be able to polish off one of these miniature spice cakes — especially when served with a glass of milk!

You’ll need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup grated apple
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 12-hole muffin tin. In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Mix in grated apple and carrot. In a medium bowl, mix eggs, vanilla extract, milk and vegetable oil. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix until well combined. Divide the mixture between muffin tins and bake for 15 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes in the tins, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

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Credits: Photography: Diggy Lloyd; Art Direction: Colleen Lennon; Prop Styling: Katja Greef; Food Styling: Nicole Twohy; Production: Sasha Bar-Tur
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