Most kids crave an after-school snack and something to enjoy at lunch or snack time at school or daycare. While there are plenty of healthy choices that are pre-packed and available for purchase at the grocery store, it’s always a joy to get in the kitchen with the kids and whip up something tasty together.
Not only will you create something good to eat, but the time together is special for parent-child bonding. You will also have a chance to instill a value of healthy eating habits that will last a lifetime.
Here are some healthy ideas for smart snacking both you and the kids will love. They are all easy to prepare and taste absolutely delicious!
Kids love sweets, so go all-natural with fresh fruit. Simply layer spoonfuls of yogurt with diced fruit and low-fat granola. You can top with a drizzle of honey or a dollop of applesauce. Enjoy after school or pack in a seal-tight container to go in a lunchbox.
Mini Cracker Open-Faced Sandwiches
Get some whole wheat crackers and top with a variety of healthy options. For a sweet fix, try peanut butter and sliced apples. Or go for sugar-free jam and goat or cream cheese. If you’re in the mood for something savory, try hummus and cucumber slices, low-fat Swiss and turkey with mustard, or tuna fish salad and tomato slices. Mix and match for endless snacking ideas.
Kids love finger foods, so pinwheels are the perfect choice for bite-sized treats. Use a whole wheat tortilla and fill with your favorite foods. PB & J is always a classic but jazz yours up with the addition of thinly sliced bananas. Try marinara sauce and low-fat shredded mozzarella with roasted green peppers for a zesty treat. Simply roll the tortilla tightly with all ingredients neatly assembled inside and slice into one-inch segments. Serve cold or warmed up in the microwave.
What are your kids’ favorite healthy snack foods? We’d love to share your snacking ideas with the AMC community.
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By: Melissa A. Kay