Parents play a big role in keeping their children healthy and fit. Being healthy as a child results in good healthy habits as adults. I have watched my own children for years, devour daily snacks and this has convinced me that these snacks are not small indulgences, they are actually mini-meals. My children may not eat much in one sitting but they eat all day long. It has been a constant challenge of mine to provide them with snacks that are appetizing and also good for them. Over the years, I have managed to take fruits and veggies and other nutritious foods and disguise them as fun favorites that will go with them throughout their entire life. Because most kids get about one-third of their calorie intake from these after school mini-meals, its just as important to concentrate on good healthy snack options as it is for breakfast, lunch and dinner. So toss out the junk food and start making after school eating delicious, nutritious and kid-friendly. Happy Snacking!
List of Healthy and Kid-Friendly Snacks
1. A peeled banana dipped in your favorite yogurt and freeze.
2. Ants on a Log: Peanut butter celery sticks topped with raisins.
3. Rice Cake Faces: Spread Cream cheese on your favorite rice cake.
4. Frozen grapes and oranges.
5. Your favorite blend of Trail mix.
6. Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana for a delicious sandwich.
7. Homemade Frozen pops with real fruit juice.
8. Top low-fat vanilla yogurt with crunchy granola and sprinkle with favorite fruit.
9. Small baked potato. Top with low fat butter and low fat cheese.
10. Snack kabobs. Put cubes of low-fat cheese and grapes on pretzel sticks.
11. Whole grain waffle and top with low-fat yogurt and add your favorite fruit.
12. Peanut butter on apple slices.
13. Blend yogurt, ice, cranberry juice and mixed berries for a smoothie.
14. Mini pepperoni and cheese sandwiches with French bread.
15. Instant oatmeal topped with your favorite fruit.
16. Mix together peanut butter and cornflakes in a bowl. Shape into balls and roll in crushed graham crackers.
17. Fill a waffle cone with cut-up fruit and top with low-fat vanilla yogurt.
19. Banana Split: Top a banana with low-fat vanilla and strawberry frozen yogurt. Sprinkle with your favorite whole-grain cereal.
20. Sandwich: Natural peanut butter and preserves makes for a yummy sandwich.
21. English muffin with pizza sauce and sprinkle with low-fat mozzarella cheese.
22. Break a graham cracker into bite-size pieces. Add to low-fat chocolate pudding.
23. Inside-Out Sandwich: Spread mustard on a slice of deli turkey. Wrap around a sesame breadstick.
24. Homemade Smoothies with your favorite fruits.
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