25 Healthy Snacks for Children

Food and Nutrition Tips from the American Dietetic Association:

1.    Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in crushed cereal and freeze.
2.    Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or low-fat cream cheese. Top with raisins. Enjoy your “ants on a log”.
3.    Stuff a whole grain pita picket with ricotta cheese and Granny Smith apple slices. Add a dash of cinnamon.
4.    Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, dried fruit and nuts in a sandwich bag for an on-the-go snack.
5.    Smear a scoop of frozen yogurt on two graham crackers and add sliced banana to make a yummy sandwich.
6.    Top low-fat- vanilla yogurt with crunchy granola and sprinkle with blueberries.
7.    Microwave a small baked potato and top with reduced-fat cheddar cheese and salsa.
8.    Make snack kabobs. Put cubes of low-fat cheese and grapes on pretzel sticks.
9.    Toast a whole grain waffle and top with low-fat yogurt and sliced peaches.
10.  Spread peanut butter on apple slices.
11.   Blend low-fat  milk, frozen strawberries and a banana for thirty seconds for a delicious smoothie.
12.  Make a mini-sandwich with tuna or egg salad on a dinner roll.
13.  Sprinkle grated Monterey Jack cheese over a corn tortilla- fold in half and microwave for twenty seconds. Top     with salsa.
14.  Toss dried cranberries and chopped walnuts in instant oatmeal.
15.  Mix together peanut butter and cornflakes in a bowl; Shape into balls and roll in crushed graham crackers.
16.  Microwave a cup of tomato or vegetable soup and enjoy with whole grain crackers.
17.  Fill a waffle cone with cut-up fruit and top with low-fat vanilla yogurt.
18.  Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on hot popcorn.
19.  Banana Split: top a banana with low-fat vanilla and strawberry frozen yogurt. Sprinkle with whole-grain cereal.
20.  Sandwich cut outs: make a sandwich on whole grain bread. Cut out your favorite shape using a cookie cutter. Eat the fun shape and the edges too.
21.  Spread mustard on a flour tortilla. Top with a slice of turkey or ham, low-fat cheese and lettuce, then roll it up.
22.  Mini Pizza: Toast an English Muffin, drizzle with pizza sauce and sprinkle with low-fat mozzarella.
23.  Rocky Road: Break a graham cracker into bite size pieces. Add to low-fat chocolate pudding along with a few miniature marshmallows.
24.  Inside-Out Sandwich: Spread mustard on a slice of deli turkey. Wrap around a sesame breadstick.
25.  Parfait: Layer vanilla yogurt and mandarin oranges or blueberries in a tall glass. Top with a sprinkle of granola.


For more ideas on healthy living, visit www.eatright.org.

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