Great Healthy Snack Recipes
that help boost kids' nutrition
1. Frozen bananas - Cut a banana in half and put each half on a Popsicle stick. Roll the halves in yogurt and then coat with a crispy rice cereal or granola and freeze. Your child can enjoy them frozen or slightly thawed.
2. Quick pizza - Drizzle tomato sauce and sprinkle low-fat mozzarella cheese on a whole-grain English muffin half. Sprinkle with seasonings, such as oregano and garlic. Heat in the toaster oven until the cheese melts.
3. Yogurt treats - Make yogurt parfaits by layering fruit, like strawberries and blueberries, and low-fat yogurt in a parfait glass. Top with granola.
4. Snack mix - Make a mix of ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit, and nuts or seeds. Place in a sandwich bag and you have an on-the-go snack.
5. Snack kabob - Cut up cubes of low-fat cheese and place them with grapes on mini pretzel sticks.
6. All-time favorite - Kids may enjoy "ants on a log," which are celery sticks spread with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese and topped with raisins.
7. Mexican treat - Take a corn tortilla and sprinkle with low-fat, grated Monterey Jack cheese. Fold it in half and then microwave for 20 seconds. Top with mild salsa.
8. Potpourri - Arrange pita chips, baby carrots, and apple slices on a plate. Serve with humus, low-fat milk or yogurt as a dip.
9. Smoothies - Blend low-fat milk or yogurt with a banana or strawberries and some ice for a low-fat milkshake.
10. Popcorn- Air-pop some of your own kernels or choose a low-fat brand of popcorn to pop in the microwave. Serve with a glass of milk.
As a reminder, when kids have a snack after school, they should eat at the kitchen table and not in front of the TV or computer.