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Five Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids
Are you stumped when you have to come up with new healthy snack ideas? Kids get bored with apples and carrot sticks. Variety is needed to keep things interesting, so here are five kid-friendly snacks to try.
Sandwich on a Stick
Cut whole wheat bread, cheese and lean lunch meat into bite size chunks. Thread the chunks on a wooden skewer with pickle slices, grape tomatoes and pieces of lettuce. Serve with mustard for dipping. Skip the stick and serve as finger food for younger children.
Give each child a bowl of plain or vanilla yogurt. Set out toppings such as banana or strawberry slices, blueberries, trail mix and granola. Allow children to build their own healthy sundae.
Spread the inside of a whole wheat hot dog bun with a thin layer of peanut butter. Slice a banana in half lengthwise, and put it inside the bun. This fun sandwich is very portable and easy for kids to handle.
This is great when you have leftover taco fixings. Put baked corn tortilla scoop-shaped chips on a plate. Fill the scoops with refried beans, ground beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, olives, low-fat sour cream, salsa and any other toppings that you have on hand. These are also great with just beans and cheese.
Slice a fruit that your child enjoys, such as apples, pears, mango, watermelon or cantaloupe. Berries and grapes also work well and do not need to be sliced. Make a simple dip by blending a single serving container of plain Greek yogurt with a tablespoon of peanut butter, a teaspoon of honey and a dash of cinnamon.
Children who eat a variety of interesting, tasty snacks are less likely to beg relentlessly for chips, soda, cookies and candy. Here are some more healthy snack ideas for when your child is craving something:
- Creamy: Cottage cheese, deviled eggs, egg salad, frozen banana slices (blended into "ice cream") or guacamole.
- Crunchy: Red pepper slices, kale chips, whole wheat crackers, popcorn or veggies with dip.
- Salty: Pita with hummus, olives, nuts, pickles, lunch meat, string cheese or trail mix.
- Sweet: Smoothies, frozen grapes, frozen berries or mashed sweet potato.
Learn more about smart snacking for healthy teeth in the Colgate Oral Care resources.