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Kids and Snacks

Kids and Snacks

 

            “But I’m hungry now!”  is how one pre-schooler replied to the message that dinnertime would sometime in the not too near future.   For children, snack attacks are an immediate need.  Refuel those growing bodies with any of the following snack suggestions from the American Dietetic Association in honor of March,

1. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze.

2. Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese. Top with

    raisins. Enjoy your “ants on a log.”

3. Stuff a whole-grain pita pocket with ricotta cheese and Granny Smith apple

    slices. Add a dash of cinnamon.

4. Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag for an

    on-the-go snack.

5. Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana

    to make a yummy sandwich.

6. Top low-fat vanilla yogurt with crunchy granola and sprinkle with blueberries.

7. Microwave a small baked potato. Top with reduced-fat cheddar cheese and  

     salsa.

8. Make snack kabobs. Put cubes of low-fat cheese and grapes on pretzel sticks.

9. Toast a whole grain waffle and top with low-fat yogurt and sliced peaches.

10. Spread peanut butter on apple slices.

11. Blend low-fat milk, frozen strawberries and a banana for thirty seconds for a

      delicious smoothie.

12. Make a mini-sandwich with tuna or egg salad on a dinner roll.

13. Sprinkle grated Monterey Jack cheese over a corn tortilla; fold in half and

      microwave for twenty seconds. Top with salsa.

14. Toss dried cranberries and chopped walnuts in instant oatmeal.

15. Mix together peanut butter and cornflakes in a bowl. Shape into balls and roll

      in crushed graham crackers.

16. Microwave a cup of tomato or vegetable soup and enjoy with whole grain

      crackers.

17. Fill a waffle cone with cut-up fruit and top with low-fat vanilla yogurt.

18. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on hot popcorn.

19. Banana Split: Top a banana with low-fat vanilla and strawberry frozen yogurt.

      Sprinkle with your favorite whole-grain cereal.

20. Sandwich Cut-Outs: Make a sandwich on whole grain bread. Cut out your

      favorite shape using a big cookie cutter. Eat the fun shape and the edges, too!

21. Spread mustard on a flour tortilla. Top with a slice of turkey or ham, low-fat

      cheese and lettuce. Then roll it up.

22. Mini Pizza: Toast an English muffin, drizzle with pizza sauce and sprinkle with

      low-fat mozzarella cheese.

23. Rocky Road: Break a graham cracker into bite-size pieces. Add to low-fat

      chocolate pudding along with a few miniature marshmallows.

24. Inside-Out Sandwich: Spread mustard on a slice of deli turkey. Wrap around a

      sesame breadstick.

25. Parfait: Layer vanilla yogurt and mandarin oranges or blueberries in a tall

      glass. Top with a sprinkle of granola.

            Bonus Idea - Dip it!  Dip baby carrots and cherry tomatoes in low-fat ranch dressing, dip strawberries or apple slices in low-fat yogurt, dip pretzels in mustard, dip pita chips in hummus, dip animal crackers in low-fat pudding.

 

Kid Tested Trail Mix

  • Raisins
  • Peanuts
  • Dried fruit of your choice, such as banana chips
  • Small pretzel sticks
  • Popped popcorn

            Mix ingredients in large bowl.  Let kids pack individual sandwich baggies, and store in cupboard for an easy, serve-yourself snack.

 

 

 

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