Creative Kids SnacksFriday, April 13, 2012
I pack snacks daily for my kids to tote to school. By this time of year, I’m always looking for creative ideas that make snacking fun but still provide nutritional value for my little ones. Here are some of my kiddos favorites.
- Pizza on a stick: Thread cherry tomatoes, cubes of cheese and a few pieces of pepperoni.
- Fruit kabobs: with berries, grapes, chunks of melon, or pineapple.
- Cheese and fruit: Alternate between cubes of cheese and grapes. Serve with whole grain crackers.
- Turkey sandwich: Cut a slice of whole wheat bread into 4 squares, thread along with slices of cheese, turkey, and cucumber.
- Cheese and pretzel sticks: Alternate cubes of Cheddar, Swiss or Colby cheese and pretzels. To cut sodium, I buy Snyder’s unsalted pretzels.
- Falafel sticks: Slice pita into 8 triangular pieces. Thread pita along with 2 falafel balls and slices of tomato, cucumber and bell peppers.
*Safety note: If you’re worried your little one will poke their eye with a skewer, cut the tips with scissors.
- Pita and hummus: Trader Joe’s sells mini pitas that are perfect for dipping. Serve with carrots, sliced peppers and celery too.
- Strawberries and whipped cream: My daughter’s absolute favorite! To control calories, serve with 2-3 tablespoons of whipped cream.
- Veggies and ranch dressing: My son’s favorite snack—carrots, cucumbers and peppers dipped in ranch dressing. I love full fat ranch dressing and keep portions at 2-3 tablespoons.
- Tortilla chips and guac: 15 chips (1-ounce) dipped in 2-3 tablespoons guacamole.
- Fruit and yogurt: Dips chunks of apples, pears, peaches, or banana in low fat vanilla yogurt.
Some of my favorite smoothie recipes—just remember to mind portions to 6 to 8-fluid ounces.
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