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10 Homemade Fruit and Vegetable Snacks

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Switch it up a bit!

Sometimes kids just aren't into the same ol' thing. To ensure they get the some nutrition, here's a list of fun ways to get them to enjoy fruits and vegetables:

1. Fruit Roll Ups

Where are my '90s babies? Did you grow up on Fruit Roll-Ups like I did? I loved them, but who knew they were so easy to make? Not only that, but they make for a fabulous snack for littles and bigs alike. The best part? It makes for a fun project to do at home. I love this recipe.

2. Smoothies

Smoothies are a classic way to get fruit and veggies intake. I always forget about them but when my picky eater is even turning down her favorites, it's insanely easy to toss sweet fruits and green veggies in a blender, blend and serve. Our family loves blending spinach, strawberries and bananas, and adding cinnamon. It's the easiest to make and no one ever complains.

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3. Chocolate Avocado Pudding

I will forever be brag about this stuff, because, aside from being so so delicious, I can't get over how the main ingredient is an avocado. Perfect for dairy-free and gluten-free people, this pudding makes such a delicious dessert.

4. Sweet potato fries

Why buy them frozen when you can whip them up so easily at home? If you've got some handy knife skills (or a mandolin), baked sweet potato fries can either be savory or sweet. Either way, they make for yummy side dishes, and I've been known to gobble them up alone.

5. Apple and kale chips

Sometimes you need a snack, right? Ideally, something with a crunch. Slice a few apples, slather olive oil over fresh kale, bake and boom! You've got the perfect sweet and salty mix of chips. If you're feeling fancy, you can top your apple chips with cinnamon and your kale chips with cheese or any kind of seasoning.

6. Gummies

Because doesn't everyone love handheld fruit snacks? Not only do they make for a nice treat, but they'll make for great gifts during the holidays and for birthday party favors. This recipe is one of my favorites.

7. Popsicles

Got some leftover smoothie? Or any kind of juice? Or fruit infused water? Cool down with a delicious homemade popsicle. This is a huge hit all season long.

8. Banana ice cream

My husband introduced this to me and I just knew it wouldn't work. I tried anyway. After tossing a few frozen banana chunks in our blender and getting a super smooth and sweet version of heaven-touched ice cream, I fell in love.

9. Mashed cauliflower

Sick of the same mashed potatoes? Try mashed cauliflower. Most people can't taste the difference, and it's a fun way to try a not so familiar vegetable.

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10. Pasta made from veggies

Best for adventurous eaters, once you taste zucchini that looks like pasta, you'll be hooked. The green may throw off some picky eaters but give it a try anyway. It is tasty.

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