Easy Meals and Snacks for Your Nanny To Make Your Kids

By Ashley Paskill on September 17, 2022

Your nanny is responsible for taking care of your kids, and part of that is feeding them. However, your nanny may not be used to cooking with kids in mind, especially if they are college students who order take-out or tend to just microwave whatever they can. There are easy kid-friendly meals and snacks that your nanny can make that your kids will love.

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Lunchables are a very popular kid meal, but they are not the healthiest food for kids. You can have your nanny make their own homemade version of Lunchables. These could include lunch meat and crackers or even small pizzas. Be sure to have some kind of snack, whether it is a piece of fruit or some candy, and juice to go in the Lunchable. For the full effect, have the nanny put the meal in a Tupperware container.


Spaghettios have been a popular kid meal for a while now. They only take a few minutes to heat up and there are even options that include meatballs, extra calcium, and even popular characters. If you want other options, various brands have their own version of this popular food item. This meal is great for various ages, from toddlers to older children. They are also very cost-effective, costing only a couple dollars per can.

Pizza Rolls

Kids love pizza, and kids of all ages love Pizza Rolls. Like Spaghettios, they are quick for your nanny to heat up so they can keep focusing on taking care of your kids. Pizza Rolls cost less than ordering a pizza and are a quick option for either a meal or a snack. It is likely that your nanny enjoyed them growing up, so they will appreciate the nostalgia of cooking and eating a childhood favorite. Pizza Rolls come in different flavors, from cheese to pepperoni to a combination pack. This allows you to choose what works best for your kids and your nanny, especially if you have to consider a vegetarian diet.

Chocolate covered bananas

It is no secret that (most) kids love anything with chocolate. This can be used as a tactic to get your kids to eat fruit. Bananas are a great fruit for kids, and they can be covered in dark chocolate for a healthy and delicious snack for your nanny to make. Your kids can even help in the process of making this snack by decorating the bananas with sprinkles or walnut pieces (depending on allergies and dietary needs).

Ants on a log

Using some celery, peanut butter, and raisins, your nanny can make ants on a log with your kids. The kids can help aid in creating the logs with as many or as few “ants” as they would like. If your kids or nanny have nut allergies, consider swapping out the peanut butter for no-nut butter or another alternative.

Grilled PB&J

Kids love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and this is a new twist on the classic. You can have your kids help make the sandwiches and then have your nanny grill them on the stove. As mentioned above, if your kids or your nanny have a nut allergy, you can substitute other types of nut-free alternatives for peanut butter.

Cereal snack bars

While Rice Krispie treats tend to be the go-to snack bar, you can use any kind of cereal and marshmallows to make cereal snack bars. Since it uses the microwave, kids can be involved through the whole process with nanny supervision. This is a great after-school snack for your kids. Aside from marshmallows and cereal, your kids can also use peanut butter and sprinkles to decorate the bars and make them even sweeter.

Pita Pizzas

Kids love pizza, and this is a great way to get them involved in making their own. This recipe calls for pita bread, sauce, cheese, and any pizza toppings your kids and nanny like. If using the oven, heat the pans of pizza one at a time. Toaster overs may also be used to heat up the pizzas, but they should be heated individually in this case. This allows kids to get involved and be creative with the toppings they want to try.

General tips

As mentioned a few times, if a recipe calls for peanut butter and your kids or nanny have a nut allergy, substitute peanut butter for a nut-free alternative. Be sure to show your nanny how to properly use the appliances in your kitchen and show them where things are so they are not scrambling to find ingredients. Plan meals ahead of time so you can be sure to have what you need on hand, or give the nanny some money to go get the necessary ingredients.

Your nanny is likely already trying to plan activities and chores for their day, so eliminating the guesswork when it comes to food can help them a lot.

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