Everyone is looking for more ideas to feed their family. And kids tend to be the hardest to please, even more so when the snacks are “healthy”. It seems that commercials and advertisements are pushing unhealthy foods, and it has become tricky to squeeze in the the foods we need. Here are a few ideas that are tried and true snacks!
1. English Muffin Pizza: This is great one for kids to help. Split the english muffin in half and let them build their own pizza. Besides pizza sauce and cheese, other topping ideas are pepperoni, cooked ground beef, chopped tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, green bell peppers, pineapples, spinach, onions, ham, chicken, and bacon. After the english muffin is prepared, bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
2. Ants on a Log: A classic! Wash and dry some celery sticks and cut off the ends. Spread some peanut butter on the sticks and add either raisins or mixed dried fruit to the “logs”.
3. Banana Pops: A very easy snack that pleases most kids. Simply stick some bananas on popsicle sticks, put on a wax-covered baking pan and stick in the freezer. For some alternatives, roll the bananas in chocolate or peanut butter and add sprinkles or mini chocolate chips.
4. Triscuit Nachos: Sprinkle some cheese on Triscuit crackers and put them in the microwave until the cheese is melted.
5. Fruit and Veggie Smoothie: Mix a half cup of plain yogurt, a half cup of blueberries, a cup of strawberries, two handful of spinach, and 3 baby carrots in the blender until smooth. This is an easy way to disguise vegetables. A dollop of whipped cream is a perfect topper.
6. Yogurt cups: In a tall clear glass, layer plain yogurt, granola, and either dried fruit or cut-up fresh fruit. This is another fun one for kids to help with.
7. Trail Mix: Put out a selection of ingredients and let the kids mix and match to make their perfect trail mix. Some ingredient ideas are m&m’s, mini chocolate chips, peanuts, sunflower seeds, goldfish, pretzels, chex, cocoa puffs, yogurt chips, cashews, almonds, raisins, granola, dried blueberries, peanut butter chips, butterscotch chips, and dried pineapple.
8. Tuna Melts: Mix some drained tuna and mayo and spread onto some whole wheat bread. Then sprinkle on some cheese, put the bread on a baking sheet, and heat in the oven at 400 degrees until cheese is melted.
9. Peanut Butter and Jelly Tortillas: Spread some peanut butter and jelly onto a tortilla and roll it up. Leave it long or cut it into smaller pieces.
10. Apples and Peanut Butter: Wash and slice an apple. Dip it into some peanut butter. Or use yogurt as a dip!
11. Chips and Salsa: Salsa is a great vegetable source without lacking in taste.
12. Fruit Kabobs: Pick out some fruit and slice it up. Skewer the pieces with skewers or toothpicks. Pineapple, mango, strawberries, bananas, and grapes are great ideas.
13. Graham Crackers and Applesauce: Use some graham crackers or even some Teddy Grahams to dip in applesauce.