Snack Ideas?

Connie - posted on 01/30/2009 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Does anyone have any cheap yet yummy and healthy snack ideas? I think my kids are getting tired of fruit and pretzels!

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Sal - posted on 08/16/2011

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i just mentioned fruit and mashmellow skewers, but anything they can make themselves, and skewers are great for that, pieces of ham, cheese, cherry toms, cucumber, olives, anything they like,

Tarilyn - posted on 02/03/2009

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Okay, so I have a LONG list here....but I have a toddler who goes through phases where she will literally only eat ONE food for weeks on end...so I had to come up with some "unique" ways to get her to eat other foods!

~Bread or toast (bagels or croissants work as well without the shape cutters) cut into shapes, served with peanut butter, cream cheese and jam, mushed banana, or pureed fresh fruit (whatever you have on hand, blended, no need to cook ahead of anything).
~Crackers and dips. Any type of cracker they like...I try to find ones that are in shapes, so she can also "learn" while she eats. For dips, you can puree cream cheese and their favourite fruits or veggies together.
~Fruit and dip. If they are bored of simple fruit, try serving it with yogurt as a dip!
~Veggies and dip. They can be cut into shapes or strips, serve with yogurt, their favourite salad dressing, cream cheese (plain or blended with some fav veggies and fruits as well)
~Baked cookies (not the unhealthy kind though). You can make oatmeal, peanut butter or whatever kind they like, through in some raisins, nuts, or for a treat chocolate chips! That way you can control what goes in and what doesn't! Also, if your worried about sugar, use a substitute that is appropriate for kids! I use apple sauce instead of oil or sugar in my recipes!
~Rice Krispie Squares. I know MANY parents think these aren't healthy, but its all a matter of HOW you make them. I substitute 90% of the marshmallows with peanut butter, and only put in a few marshmallows (you can totally substitute the marshmallows with the peanut butter...your choice). Then you can add in dried fruit (or fresh if you prefer, just chop it really really small), raisins, chocolate chips, granola, any and everything your child LOVES! Let them customize the recipe! Also, you can make the batches as big or little as you need and they can be made in the microwave (much less messy then a big pot on the stove!)
~Mini pizzas made on english muffins, or bagels, or toast (whatever your child likes), spread some tomato sauce (canned, jarred or homemade...i personally prefer to make my own), let them top it with their favourite meats, veggies and then pop some cheese on top and pop in the oven (or toaster oven)
~Frozen yogurt! Simple as that lol! My daughter LOVES when we make frozen yogurt sundaes! She is thrilled by being able to put on her favourites like sprinkles, chocolate chips, fruit, etc.
~Shredded cheese...can be served with fruit, veggies, crackers, on its own, whatever! (It's cheaper to buy a huge brick of cheese and shred it yourself though, then to buy it pre shredded!)
~Pancakes (normal), you can make them plain or with your kids favourite, fruits, chocolate chips, whatever! You can also make a huge batch and freeze them! Work great for snacks, and to go breakfasts! You can make them in bite size portions as well (my daughter loves them, and calls them baby pancakes) or shapes!
~Potato pancakes! Made of shredded potatoes...tasty and a good way to get healthy stuff in the kids! I sometimes also shred up zucchini and egg plant (without the peel) for added healthiness! (If your kids dont mind veggies, add some shredded carrots as well) Can also be frozen! Serve plain or with yogurt, or my daughters personal favourite, apple sauce!
~Cereal mix! We mix my daughters favourite cereals (cheerios, shreddies, etc) wtih dried fruits (raisins, cranberries, apricots, etc), nuts (again whatever your child likes, peanuts, cashews, almonds, brazil nuts), sunflower seeds, chocolate chips or m&m or smarties (just a few for a treat in there...you can totally omit this if you wish), and whatever else you children love!
~Pureed fruit pops! Make yourown popsicles in a way. Puree up your childs favourite fruits, mix and match them if you wish! Then freeze them in popsicle holders (can be bought at your local dollar store!) Make a fun, yummy and healthy treat! Also, no need to feel guilty, as its all natural sugars, they would get from the fruit anyways! Cheaper and easier then buying them!
I have more, but my toddler is screaming for a snack lol! I will post more later, or if you would like more, feel free to message me! I have plenty more to offer! Hope this at least helps for the time being!

Megan - posted on 02/03/2009

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A new favourite of mine is english muffin bagels. Quick, cheap, and easy! I use a whole wheat english muffin, pizza sauce, and then you can grate carrots on top for the kids, or sometimes I use broccoli bits (like from the top of the "tree" lol ) then I put cheese on top. Pop it in the oven to let the cheese melt, and voila!

Graham crackers are good also.

Brenda - posted on 02/03/2009

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My daughter really likes toast with peanut butter and banana slices on top! I also give her raisins or Craisins to decorate it with. Fun art project and yummy snack!

Angela - posted on 01/31/2009

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I try to buy only whole grain foods. He likes whole wheat or grain bagels, granola bars, whole grain Peppridge Farm fish, Pirates Booty (Organic-found in the healthfood section of the grocery store), applesauce, and organic whole fruit strips (again found in the health food section of the store).  I am always trying to get more veggies & fruit in him, but he doesn't always like to see them there.  I found Jessica Seinfeld's cookbook helpful & puree fruits & veggies & get him to help me bake healthy muffins, breads & even cookies.  I also bought milled flax seed and add that to muffins & breads.  Any time I can offer him a selection & let him pick, he usually picks something healthy.

Melissa - posted on 01/30/2009

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Cheerios, shredded cheese, oh heck, I thought of lots and then read you wanted healthy ideas! :) Chex cereal, fig newtons.

Lisa - posted on 01/30/2009

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We make granola bars (lots of recipes on the web) You can customize them to whatever they like using dried fruit, nuts and/or chocolate chips. I usually use wheat flour and add some milled flax and my husband can't tell they're healthy :). I make a couple batches at a time and cut them in to bars and wrap with wax paper or snack size baggies and freeze.

Emily - posted on 01/30/2009

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We like to make pancakes on the weekends and make an extra batch to use during the week. You can add all kinds of "good" stuff to the mix...fruit, whole wheat flour ,chocolate chips,...etc.  Then during the week you can give it to them cold, you can pop them in the toaster or you can make a sandwich using nut butters or whateever...just one idea.  ;)

Tracy-ann - posted on 01/30/2009

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my boys luv antyhing with spinach dip cheese,crakers,cucumbers etc.hope it helps

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