14 Healthy Snacks for Kids (and a link to more)!

Posted on Friday, February 21st, 2014  |  

 

‘Mom, I’m hungry!’

As a parent, you hear it all the time… but what can you feed them that’s kid-friendly and good for them?  We’ve put together a list of our favorite healthy snacks from Parenting.com and included a link to more at the bottom of this post.  Enjoy… and here’s to healthy kids!

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1. Nuts and Bolts
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Spread peanut butter on toasted whole-wheat waffle. Top with sliced banana and a drizzle of honey (serve honey only to kids over 1). 

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2. Gone Fishing
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Provide carrot sticks, a bowl of veggie cheese dip, and a plate of rainbow goldfish. Let the kids dip the carrot (fishing pole) into the cheese (bait) and then “catch” the fish.

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3. Trail-Mix Kettlecorn
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Toss popcorn with melted butter, honey, and pecans. Spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. Add M&M’s after cooking.

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4. Tropical Fusion
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Blend one 20-oz can crushed pineapple, 1 banana, 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup ice, and 1/2 cup pineapple juice. Freeze into pops.

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5. Magic Wands
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Spread peanut butter on top of pretzel rods. Roll in chopped nuts or dried fruit.

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6. Ham Rollers
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Slice apple into thin wedges. Top with a small slice of cheddar cheese. Wrap with a slice of deli ham.

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7. Fruity Tooty
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Cut a whole-wheat tortilla into 6 pieces. Brush olive oil on each side. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 350°F for 8 to 10 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with your fave fruit salad.

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8. Fall Special
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Top whole-grain crackers with cranberry sauce, thin apple slices, and grated cheddar cheese. Broil until cheese melts.

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9. Top This
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Spread a dollop of blueberry yogurt on a graham cracker and top with banana slices, dried cranberries, and mini–chocolate chips.

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10. Little Dippers
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Cut an apple into wedges. Stick a toothpick in each piece, dip in nut butter, and roll in crushed peanuts or sliced almonds.

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11. Juice Jelly Cubes
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Even if you’re wary of those red and green mystery “fruit” powders, you can still give your kids the jiggly treats they want. The trick is to use a juice with ingredients you approve of and set it in a plain gelatin. These cubes are not only healthier, but they’re also just as easy to make as the boxed stuff.

2 cups of your kid’s favorite juice (we used grape and grapefruit in the photo)
2 packets of unflavored gelatin
1 tablespoon sugar or honey (optional)

Pour 1/2 cup of juice in a bowl and sprinkle gelatin over it. While this sits, heat the remaining juice to boil (can do this in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes). Pour hot juice over juice and gelatin mixture and stir, adding in extra sugar if desired. Pour mixture into the bottom of a loaf pan and chill for three hours, or until firm. Cut into squares.

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12. Cucumber Boats
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Halve cucumbers lengthwise and scoop out seeds. (A melon baller works great for this.) Mix some plain yogurt, a couple of pinches of sugar, a pinch of salt and a dash of cumin in a bowl. Spread into hollowed cucumbers.

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13. Homemade Potato Chips
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You can make healthy potato chips… in your microwave… without a smidgen of grease!

One Russet potato sliced paper thin
Salt (optional)
Parchment paper

Cut a sheet of parchment paper to fit a plate. Lay discs of potato on top in a flat layer, none touching. Sprinkle layer with salt, if desired. Cover with another sheet of parchment paper. Microwave for 5-6 minutes. Discs will have become lightly browned potato chips.

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14. Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
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3 ounces of cream cheese, softened for 10 seconds in the microwave
3 tablespoons strawberry jam
A few sheets of graham crackers, broken into squares or rectangles

Mix the softened cream cheese with the jam. Spread a little of the mixture on top of each graham cracker. Either eat right away, or chill for 30 minutes. The grahams will soften and become more like a cheesecake crust, and the topping will firm up.

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Still hungry?  Check out http://www.parenting.com/gallery/healthy-kids-snacks for even more ideas!