Children Snacks

These children snacks are so fun and nutritious, adults will want to eat them too!

Nutritious Snacks For Kids Containing Vegetables:

  • Veggie Kabobs: Skewer chunks of raw vegetables to make a kabob (ex.: zucchini, portabello mushrooms, grape tomatoes, bell pepper slices). Dip in plain yogurt mixed with salsa.
  • Dip carrot sticks in hummus.
  • Fill celery with hummus, natural peanut butter, tuna salad, or chicken salad.
  • Use thick slices of red, yellow, orange or green bell pepper to scoop up lowfat tuna salad.
  • Small bowl of tomato soup.

Kids Healthy Snacks Containing Fruit:

  • Fruit Kabobs: Skewer grapes, banana slices, pineapple chunks, and berries to make a kabob. Dip in lowfat fruit flavored yogurt.
  • Peel a banana, dip in lowfat fruit flavored yogurt, roll in crushed lowfat granola cereal, and freeze.
  • Grill a peanut butter and banana sandwich in a pan prepared with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Mix small pieces of berries or grapes with 100% grape juice and freeze in popsicle molds.
  • Fruit smoothies: Blend skim milk and/or lowfat yogurt with frozen berries.
  • Spread apple slices with almond butter.
  • Add banana slices to instant oatmeal. Sprinkle with walnuts or almonds.
  • Cottage cheese face: Decorate a scoop of cottage cheese with raisin eyes and a banana mouth.
  • Mix lowfat ricotta cheese with cinnamon and vanilla. Stir in pineapple tidbits.

Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids with Whole Grains
  • Spread whole grain waffle with natural peanut butter. Top with sliced strawberries.
  • Sprinkle air popped popcorn with cinnamon and a little bit of sugar.
  • Use cookie cutters with fun shapes to make sandwiches on whole wheat bread: peanut butter and banana, turkey and lowfat cheese, tuna salad prepared with plain yogurt and mustard
  • Top baked corn chips with lowfat refried beans and salsa.
  • Sprinkle lowfat cheese on a corn tortilla or a small whole wheat tortilla, add salsa, roll and heat.
  • English Muffin Pizza: Top whole grain English Muffin half with tomato sauce, lowfat cheese, bell pepper strips and pineapple tidbits.
  • Spread whole grain crackers with hummus or almond butter, natural peanut butter, or pumpkin seed butter
  • Small bowl of shredded wheat cereal with sliced banana on top. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

Healthy Children Snacks: Recipes They Can Prepare Themselves

  • Homemade trail mix: Mix dried fruit (ex.: raisins, dried blueberries, dried cranberries, dried cherries, etc.) + nuts/seeds (ex.: almonds, walnuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, etc.), + lowfat granola
  • Spoon homemade trail mix (as above) over lowfat yogurt or layer in a parfait glass.
  • Turkey roll ups: Roll up turkey spread with hummus in a Romaine lettuce leaf.
  • Almond Butter Balls:
    • 1/2 cup almond butter
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
    • 1 cup uncooked oatmeal
    • Mix honey and almond butter together, add dry milk and then oatmeal. Roll dough into 24 balls and refrigerate.

Easy Children Snacks That are "Grabby:"

  • lowfat string cheese
  • lowfat fruit flavored yogurt
  • hard boiled eggs
  • turkey jerky or salmon jerky
  • Edamame (green soybeans)
  • nuts and seeds
  • cherry tomatoes
  • grapes
  • whole grain cereal such as Shredded Wheat

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