Creative Kids Snacks

Friday, 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.

Skewer It

  • 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.

Dip It

  • 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.

 

Blend It
Some of my favorite smoothie recipes—just remember to mind portions to 6 to 8-fluid ounces.

 

LET’S DISCUSS: What’s are your family favorite kids snacks?

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5 Comments on “Creative Kids Snacks



Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers Says:

These aren’t just good for kids; I’m always looking for ideas for my husband! I swear, the man would only pack some bread and cheese for lunch if I let him, but then I’d have to hear him complain about how he went hungry all day as soon as he got home.



Renee Says:

These look yummy I’m always on the hunt for new healthy ideas for my toddlers! Also I need to move closer to a trader joe’s!



Angela @ Happy Fit Mama Says:

Great suggestions for kids and adults! I seem to end up doing the same rotation of snacks and lunches for my kids at daycare, too. I always am looking for new ways to spice it up and try new things. Thanks for the ideas!



Alisha Says:

Love the creative ideas! Thank you! If you have a “picky eater” check out some ideas on my blog http://www.yourkidstable.com



Rylee@healthy snacks for kids Says:

I am always like creativeness . Because it’s influence me to do something new. So I like your above idea to make various kind of snacks for our kids. My kids love to eat snacks so every time I just try to serve him some healthy and energetic snacks which is help for improving their health and knowledge.




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