Healthy Snacks Kids Can Put Together
Easy to Prepare
- Take a small multigrain roll and use a mini spatula to spread peanut butter on one side and jelly on the other.
Another great tried and true snack for kids is ants on a log---celery spread with peanut butter and topped with raisins. Kids can also easily arrange a veggie plate, with baby carrots, cauliflower, radishes and celery, and something to dip it into, like ranch dressing or hummus.
Extra Credit Effort
- Most fruit is easy enough to cut with a butter knife. Chunk up strawberries and bananas tuck them inside a whole wheat pita spread with peanut butter, drizzled with honey and sprinkled with granola for a snack that is ultra-nutritious and full of energy. For a fun snack, string cheerios on a stretchy elastic cord. Tie into a circle large enough to place over either a wrist or a head for a healthy alternative to candy jewelry!
- If a child is old enough to have access to a blender, a fruit smoothie is a nutrient-packed snack. Toss blueberries, a sliced banana, a scoop of low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt and ice into a blender. Strawberries and orange sherbert with ice is another option.
If children can use the toaster or microwave, a smiley face waffle is a filling snack. Toast one multigrain waffle, use a slice of bacon (a microwavable kind) as the mouth, and use any small fruit as the eyes and nose.