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!
1. Nuts and Bolts
Spread peanut butter on toasted whole-wheat waffle. Top with sliced banana and a drizzle of honey (serve honey only to kids over 1).
2. Gone Fishing
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.
3. Trail-Mix Kettlecorn
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.
4. Tropical Fusion
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.
5. Magic Wands
Spread peanut butter on top of pretzel rods. Roll in chopped nuts or dried fruit.
6. Ham Rollers
Slice apple into thin wedges. Top with a small slice of cheddar cheese. Wrap with a slice of deli ham.
7. Fruity Tooty
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.
8. Fall Special
Top whole-grain crackers with cranberry sauce, thin apple slices, and grated cheddar cheese. Broil until cheese melts.
9. Top This
Spread a dollop of blueberry yogurt on a graham cracker and top with banana slices, dried cranberries, and mini–chocolate chips.
10. Little Dippers
Cut an apple into wedges. Stick a toothpick in each piece, dip in nut butter, and roll in crushed peanuts or sliced almonds.
11. Juice Jelly Cubes
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.
12. Cucumber Boats
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.
You can make healthy potato chips… in your microwave… without a smidgen of grease!
One Russet potato sliced paper thin
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.
14. Strawberry Cheesecake Bites
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.
Still hungry? Check out http://www.parenting.com/gallery/healthy-kids-snacks for even more ideas!