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The Best Healthy, Kid-Friendly Snack Food

It’s no secret that kids love snacks.  And snacks can be a good thing.  They can help your kids (just like adults) from overindulging in main meals and help maintain energy levels for physical activity and keep focus for homework after school.  The key is getting them to eat nutritious snacks and not empty calories. I find you’ll be much more successful doing this if you make a healthy snack fun and appetizing for your child to eat.  Kids tend to be very visual, so if it looks good they’ll want to try it.  I’ve gathered a few examples of healthy snacks that meet these criteria.

 

Artic Apple Wedges with Pumpkin Almond Butter from Fruits & Veggies–More Matters is particularly good this time of year with its fall inspired flavors.  You’ll create this dip by combining pumpkin puree, almond butter (feel free to substitute peanut butter if you prefer), maple syrup, and cinnamon.  Serve with sliced golden delicious apples or sliced Granny Smith apples.

 

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Courtesy of Fruits & Veggies–More Matters

 

Banana Zucchini Oatmeal Cups are terrific as either a mid-morning or after school treat.  They are lightly sweetened and use whole grains, so they are great for keeping energy levels high.  You’ll use flaxseed, almond butter, maple syrup, very ripe bananas, grated zucchini, almond milk, vanilla extract, old fashioned oats, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.  Fill muffin cups with the mixture and bake at 375 degrees for 23-28 minutes.

 

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Courtesy of Hummusapien

 

Another great idea from Fruits & Veggies–More Matters is Tic Tac Toe Veggie Pizza.  Seriously, what kid doesn’t love pizza?  And, this one you can feel really good about serving.  Use pita rounds as the base.  Top with reduced sodium pizza sauce, sliced summer squash (for the “O’s”), sliced carrot and bell peppers (for the “X’s”), and reduced fat string cheese (for the grid).  This one is sure to be a hit with your kids.

 

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Courtesy of Fruits & Veggies–More Matters

 

Join me next Monday when I’ll be celebrating apple season with five ways you can add apples to your diet this fall.

 

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