What are some good recipes for snacking healthy?

Karla - posted on 08/16/2009 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My kids love to snack, but I want them to learn how to snack healthy and not have so much sugar. I have had them snacking on bananas, grape, strawberries, etc., but I want something interesting that fills them up and is healthy. Any ideas?

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Alexis - posted on 08/17/2009

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Here's a pretty healthy receipe that I LOVE. It's also very inexpensive to make. With Zucchini being in season right now, you can make a bunch and put it in your freezer for this winter. Enjoy!



Zucchini Bread or Muffins (makes 1 loaf)

2 eggs

½ cup oil (or applesauce)

1 cup shredded zucchini

1 ½ c white flour ( or 1 ¼ cups wheat flour)

½ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla

½ tsp baking soda

1 cup sugar



Mix eggs, vanilla and oil (applesauce) then fold into dry ingredient mixture. Pour into pan and bake at 375 (loaf 1 hour, muffins 15 minutes)

Mary - posted on 08/16/2009

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2 spoonfulls of peanutbutter

honey- however much you want to add

place in a microwave bowl and heat untill melted.

stir together and have you kids dip apples, bananas, and celery it. Its really good and about the only way I can get my son to eat apples.

Maria - posted on 08/16/2009

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I take them to the Farmer's Market (you may have the same thing just with a different name) and I let them test and pick out what they would like to buy. They get so excited in making choices that they are happy to eat what they bought.

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Mary - posted on 06/02/2012

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I make homemade "Fruit Roll Ups" (fruit leathers). 1pt of berries, 1tsp of lemon juice, 1/4 cup of honey pureed until smooth in a blender. Spray a jell roll pan (cookie sheet w/an edge) lightly w/oil so that a piece of parchment will stick to it w/o curling up during baking. Lay the parchment down, making sure there's no bubbles or wrinkles that can create breaks or separations in your finished product. Pour the berry mixture into the pan & make sure pan is coated with the mixture evenly edge to edge. Place in an oven on 150-200 degrees F or the warm setting for 4-6 hrs. to dehydrate the mixture until it becomes a solid, flexible, leather-like sheet. If the edges start to become brittle before the center is done, crack the oven door slightly during baking. I use a pizza cutter to slice it into 2" wide strips. Then I roll them up & put them in a zip lock baggie in the fridge. They can last up to 6 wks.

Another one of my kid's favorites, is Watermelon Agua Fresca (fruit cooler). I cube up a seedless water melon & place the cubes in a blender with ice & a small amount of sugar, amount depending on the ripeness of the watermelon (usually 1/4 to 1/2 cup). You can substitute honey, agave or stevia if you wish. I then puree until the ice crushes. You can serve as is or strain the pulp out depending on your family's preference. If your using a large watermelon, you'll need to do this in batches & pour into a large gallon size pitcher. Or you can use a personal size watermelon for a 2qt. size pitcher full. You can also use other melons, berries, peaches or even cucumber.

I also take whole-grain toaster waffles, spread yogurt on the top and add sliced fruit. Another snack (or lunchtime treat) I make is a pb & j sandwich made w/whole grain bread, natural peanut butter & 100% fruit jelly & cut on the diagonal. I stand it up on the plate so it looks like a large triangular sail. I place a celery stalk along side as the "boat" (you can fill w/peanut butter or cream cheese, etc...) Then I put a dollup of pb on the plate & stand carrot sticks up in it, so it looked like a little island w/trees. My kids loved it when they were younger.

I will also screwer thick slices of banana, grapes &/or strawberries onto thin mini pretzel sticks for fruit kabobs. I take old ice cube trays & fill the different compartments with ranch dressing, peanut butter, yogurt, honey & chopped nuts and I set it out with a plate of sliced fruits & veggies for dipping.

You can also make kiddie trail mix w/ your choice of dried fruits, seeds or nuts, left-over whole grain cereal (or granola) & mini-pretzels.

My kids also love fruit salsa. Diced berries, mandarin orange segments & diced mangos mixed together in a bowl and served w/a couple squares of dark chocolate (as the chips). My daughter also loves a fruit salad of cubed melons, peaches & grapes coated w/yogurt & honey.

My kids also love just a divided plate set out w/pretzels in one section, cubed cheeses in another & raisins in the 3rd section. I set that out sometimes for them to graze on while there doing homework or just coloring at the table.

I also make a yogurt dip made from placing greek yogurt in a strainer lined w/coffee filters or cheesecloth with a bowl underneath to catch the water. place a heavy plate or lid on top. let it set in the fridge for a couple hours, until enough water has strained to make the yogurt have a thick cream cheese like consistency. I add diced onions, garlic & other diced fresh herbs like basil, parsley, dill, etc...and a little S&P & drizzle w/olive oil & stir lightly. It's a great savory dip for veggies, crackers, pretzels, flatbreads or chips.

You can make your own hummus by draining a can of garbanzo beans & putting in a blender w/ some tahini (sesame paste) a drizzle of olive oil and whatever flavoring you want (like a small jar of roasted bell peppers, salt & pepper, or add some curry spices or cayenne. Then blend it 'til smooth. You want it to be the consistency of refried beans.

User - posted on 06/02/2012

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trail mix- cashews, raisins, chocolate chips, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, hazelnuts, pumpkin seeds....anything you want to add in, throw it in a ziploc bag and shake it up.

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Any fruit or veggie. Preferred veggie though just because of the sugar amount in everything else.

NINA - posted on 06/01/2012

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we love a fruit bowl( watermelon, oranges, pineapple, mango, cucumber & jicama) with a little lime juice & chili powder( your chose). Also Tuna fish sandwich, Flour tortilla qesadilla with sour cream & salsa for dip. Homemade blended juice( oranges, carrots, celery, spinach). Smoothies ( berries, yogurt,orange juice). i let them make there own "Lunchables" i buy RITZ crackers & they chose there cheese, turkey, ham, black olives, green olives. we like Krazy corn(white corn on the cob, spread mayonnaise on the cob, sprinkle hard Mexican cheese over & eat) My daughter likes to smash strawberries pour milk over them. you can also try Trail mix.
Good Lucky :)

Lianda - posted on 06/01/2012

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yoghurt, plain crackers with margarine vegemite and cheese, kabana cut up, celery and carrotts stick with hommus dip... cut up fruit platter with plain yoghurt as a dip... pikelets, sconnes,

Tara - posted on 06/01/2012

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""Ants on a log" put peaut butter on celery sticks and rasins on top And if they dont like peanut butter try cheese whiz :) healthy and fun

Fadwa - posted on 05/28/2012

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Frozen grapes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 3-4 servings

Ingredients:

1 large bunch of seedless grapes (preferably red, though green grapes work well, too)
Preparation:

Wash grapes and pat dry with a paper towel.

Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Place grapes on paper towels, trying to leave some space between them. Freeze until firm.
Eat frozen. Don't let the grapes thaw -- they may become mushy.
Important: Grapes of any kind can pose a choking hazard for children ages 3 and under.

Fadwa - posted on 05/28/2012

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Dipping fruit is fun for teens and this cream cheese dip is very tasty.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients:
5 medium apples; cored and sliced
½ cup orange juice
1 8-oz. package of cream cheese; at room temperature
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Preparation:
Directly after coring apples, place them in a large bowl and pour orange juice on them. Stir so that the apples are coated. This will keep them from getting brown.
Using a mixer in a mixing bowl, combine cream cheese, brown sugar and vanilla. Place into four individual dipping bowls.

Fadwa - posted on 05/27/2012

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ok my dear we can started but i need to question what are the components that loves your child in fruit and vegetables and meat?

Ann - posted on 05/22/2012

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As a mother and a nanny every child has loved the Build Your Own Pizza. It allows them to be creative, have fun and eat healthy.

Whole Wheat Pita Bread (150 calories or under)
Spaghetti Sauce
2% Mozzerella Cheese
Chopped veggie's of any kind (use multiple to give them options)
Mini Turkey Pepperoni or Turkey Italian Sausage (Optional)

Use Separate little plates or bowls for each ingredient. Allow children to go down the assembly line, creating their own little work of art. Broil for approximately 3 minutes. For a crispy crust, lightly toast both sides of pita prior to assembly. Cut into cross length twice and let them eat. Kids love making these and eating them.

Samantha - posted on 12/14/2011

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mix a little rice krispy cereal in some peanut butter and top it onto apple slices, you can add some raisins to look like ants on a log:)

Gina - posted on 12/13/2011

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My kids and I love snacking on homemade parfait's. Get lowfat vanilla yogurt, add fresh fruit and crumble some trail mix on top and voila....they eat it up in a minute!

Stephanie - posted on 12/11/2011

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My 2yr old daughter enjoys anything that she can dip. Cucumbers and carrots in salad dressing; celery in peanut butter; tortilla chips in salsa; and roasted veggies in
hummus. These are all fun and quick snacks that also travel well if you have to pack a snack for the road.

Angela - posted on 08/30/2009

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My kids love egg salad.

Boil eggs, cool chunk and add mayo to taste. My special addition is a little splenda. They like this either on crackers or whole wheat bread. It is good for breakfast, lunch or a quick after school snack.

Robyn - posted on 08/21/2009

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check out www.skinnybitchscookiecompany.com i am the owner and will share one recipes as soon as i have a moment!

Kim - posted on 08/19/2009

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graham cracker nachos! Break up graham crackers, spread on plate, core and cut up an apple, sprinkle over g.c. also sprinkle raisins. Warm up 2 T of peanut butter and jelly (by themselves) and drizzle over g.c., apples and raisins. My kids loves this, I think it's the right amount of healthy and sweet! Hope this helps

Gloria - posted on 08/19/2009

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I tried this with my kids and they loved it im sure your kids will too 1 banana 1 cup of yogurt any flavor and some fruity pebbles or granola....cut the banana in half dip it in the yogurt and roll it in granola or fruity pebbles then freeze it trust me they will love it!!!

Jaime - posted on 08/18/2009

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Karla, you should get the Sneaky Chef Recipe book. It is so awesome. It gives you quick, easy recipes for snacks, meals, etc that allows you to hide fruits and veggies in it and the kids have no idea. There is a quick trick of adding pureed spinach into chocolate pudding that is amazing and you can't even taste it!! Check it out on Amazon's website!



Jaime

Jenn - posted on 08/18/2009

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Try buying some Plain, or Vanilla yogurt and let your kiddos pick some add ins (granola, fresh fruit, pretzels, chocolate chips) and mix them in. Or, my kids liked it when I cut up apples and made my "special" fruit dip. Take 1 pkg cream cheese, 1 tsp vanilla, and brown sugar to taste. Mix together well and let the kids use this to dip their apple slices. Also really good with Graham crackers, or other fruits.

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I teach Nutirtion Ed. & Cooking skills to limimted resource adults and youth and this is a favorite recipe:

SuperYummy Lowerfat Peanut Butter Dip for Apples/Celery...

Dump 1 package of vanilla nonfat yogurt in a medium mixing bowl.

Fill empty yogurt cup with your favorite peanut butter (instead of getting measuring cups dirty!)

Dump peanut butter into mixing bowl with yogurt.

Mix well with spatula- yes it seems an odd combo, and at first it seems it will not mix, but it WILL. And it's super yummy!

Lots of peanutty flavor- half the fat of peanut butter + calcium of yogurt.

1 serving is 2 Tablespoons, serve with apple slices & celery sticks...

Also can be spead on bread or tortillas and rolled up with bananas or diced apples...

Linda - posted on 08/18/2009

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veggies and dip, apples and peanutbutter, homemade granola, one cup rolled oats, 1/2 cup raisens, 1/4 c. cocanut, 1/2 c. nuts, all together, drizzle hunny over all spread onto cookie sheet,and bake for 30 min. turn once. spread out on waxed paper to cool. 350 oven.

Rachel - posted on 08/17/2009

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Many kids today are lacking enough vitamin D and calcium - but not my little one. Some of her favorite snacks are healthy, protien filled, and never turned down.

String cheese - get it with 2% milk or low fat of any kind, it's fun to eat and takes longer because they like to "play with the food" anyways - or add some sliced turkey meat - wrap up the string cheese and slice in little circles - if they like mustard serve some with it

Soy Beans - shell them and keep them in the fridgerator (weird to some of you I know, but my daughter loves them and thinks they taste sweeter than other beans)

Frozen grapes - they take longer to eat and are an awsome treat on a hot day

Jello - a little effort, low calorie, and almost no sugar if you buy the right kind -plus you can spice it up with fruit & whipped cream and they will think they have hit paydirt!

Fiber One banana muffins - taste awsome, store well, and are good for kids & mommy

I hope this helps!

Yvonne - posted on 08/17/2009

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bagels and cream cheese, cut them in half or just give them one half at a time

Karina - posted on 08/17/2009

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banana bread is one of my sons favourites.....you can find the recipe on.....www.taste.com.au and put in banana bread into the search.

also my son loves dried fruit, yogurt, fruit kabobs, mini pancakes with jam(jelly),fruit toast or fruit bread,

hope this helps, karina...(australia)

Annie - posted on 08/16/2009

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Take 2 peices of bread and take the crusts off. The lay then on a cutting board with sides over lapping and smask them down with your hands until it is very flat. Smear a small amount of peanutbutter on the bread and lay a bananna on it. Roll up the bananna with the peanutbutter bread, Then Slice into little wheels. My kids love it and it's fun for them to help me make it. So that's a good healthy snack we east.

Cathy - posted on 08/16/2009

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Try making bread or scones with the kids. They are healthy and fill you up no end. You can get adventurious with the breads with poppy seeds, pumkin seeds....etc.

Karla - posted on 08/16/2009

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You know I have never tried them with cucumbers, but I will have to try and see what they think! Thanks!

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