By Lorraine Allen
Active kids are often hungry between meals, and I don’t blame them — I love snacking myself! Unfortunately, many go-to snacks like crackers and pretzels aren’t particularly satisfying, and kids can tire of them pretty fast, too. This year, resolve to banish snacking boredom by stocking up on the ingredients to make quick and nutritious snacks like these that the whole family will love.
Topped Cucumber Slices
Cucumber is refreshing and mild in flavor, and kids love it. Slice it into rounds or strips and layer on a tasty spread like cream cheese, cottage cheese, fresh goat cheese, or nut butter. (Sunflower seed butter works well, too.)
What kid doesn’t love food on a stick? Use your kids’ favorite fruit and assemble these colorful snacks on Sunday for easy snacking all week long – store them in the fridge in a lidded container lined with paper towels.
Nuts are far more satisfying than crackers or pretzels. For an easy, graze-able after-school snack, arrange a selection of mixed nuts on the kitchen table, along with some clementine segments and cheese sticks. Or combine them with your kids’ favorite cereal and dried fruit to create a customized trail mix; store in single-serving containers or snack-size plastic bags for grab-and-go convenience.
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Muffins are fun to bake and they can be pretty healthy, too. Cut back on refined sugar by using honey instead, and substitute applesauce for the oil. Using whole-grain flours adds even more nutrition, as do vitamin-rich mix-ins like chopped nuts and fresh or frozen berries. Muffins freeze well and are easy to pack for school lunches or snacks.
Fruit smoothies are one of the easiest, healthiest snacks you can make. Just blitz in a blender whatever ingredients your kids love – yogurt, fresh or frozen fruit, peanut butter, milk (soy, dairy, or nut-based) – and serve in tall glasses. You can even sneak in some wheat germ or ground flaxseed for an extra nutritional boost.
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Frozen whole-grain waffles aren’t just for breakfast! Upgrade plain old PB on toast by making a waffle sandwich with nut butter (or sunflower seed butter). Add sliced strawberries or bananas, too.
What healthy snacks do your kids love?