Fun Snacks For Kids

“Mom, I’m hungry!” Is this a common refrain in your household? It is true that young children have small tummies, and need to eat snacks every few hours during the day. A healthy snack consists of a grain, fruit or vegetable, along with a protein source: apple with cheese, a boiled egg with raisins, carrots with hummus or toast with peanut butter. And kids love it when their food is fun! It encourages them to try new foods, and makes great memories. Here are a few ideas.

Banana Split: Spoon yogurt in the centre of a cereal bowl, and place banana halves on either side. Sprinkle with strawberries, pineapple (or any other fruit you have on hand), and granola.

Potato Nachos: Microwave thin slices of sweet potatoes until tender. Top with tomatoes, green peppers, grated cheese and mild salsa. Microwave until cheese melts.

Nutbutter Dip: Puree ½ cup nut butter (peanut butter, almond butter, etc.) with 1 cup plain yogurt. Yummy as a dip for fruit.

Mini Pizzas: Toast whole wheat English muffin halves. Top with shredded mozza, tomato sauce and veggies or other favorite pizza toppings (ham, pineapple, mushroom, peppers). Microwave until cheese melts.

Aunts on a Log: Fill celery slices with nut butter, and top with raisins.

Bunny Snack: Use canned pear halves, or cut a fresh pear in half and take out the core. Fill the pear centre with cottage cheese. Add raisins for eyes and a belly button!