Let’s face it: kids like snacks. Since snacks make up a good portion of children’s caloric intake and health needs, it is important to make them both healthy and fun to eat. These four easy, fun snack recipes for kids are sure to make them ask for more.
Cinnamon Sweet Potato Fries
Simply cut up a sweet potato or two into matchstick pieces. Toss in olive oil and sprinkle on cinnamon. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Scatter sweet potatoes on a baking sheet in an even layer. Then, bake in the oven for ten to fifteen minutes or until slightly crisp. Serve with ketchup, barbecue sauce or simply plain. Sweet potatoes are very high in vitamin A.
Sneak some antioxidants into your child’s diet with a fun fruit parfait. Layer blueberries, sliced strawberries and raspberries with cool whip in a cute footed dish. You can also use a yogurt in place of the cool whip. For an added punch of protein, top with chopped nuts or granola. Be advised not to give nuts or granola to toddlers, as it is a choking hazard. This is a great dish for kids to help with because there isn’t any cooking involved.
This recipe calls for three main ingredients: crackers, marinara sauce and cheese. In reality, one can use any cracker but a good healthy kind is the round whole wheat crackers. Ritz makes a good version. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place crackers on a foil covered baking sheet. Top with a thin layer of marinara sauce or pizza sauce. Put a little shredded mozzarella or other favorite cheese. You can even add a pepperoni or slices of cherry tomato on top. Bake for about five minutes or until cheese is melted. Make it fancy by topping with some fresh basil or oregano.
During hot days, turn yogurt into a frozen treat. The easiest way to do this is to take yogurt tubes and pop them in the freezer for about an hour. My favorite kind for kids is organic Yo Kids Squeezers by Stonyfield. Tear off the top of the yogurt tube and slurp sway. Another version is to layer two different colors of yogurt in an ice cube or popsicle tray. Stick a wooden stick in the yogurt and freeze until firm. You can get wooden sticks at a craft store. When you pop these out, the layers look fantastic. Yogurt is a great source of both calcium and protein.
These easy kid friendly recipes make excellent after school snacks.