Healthful Snacks for Children

Snack Kabobs
Cut raw fruits or vegetables into chunks. Skewer them onto thin pretzel sticks.
Veggies with Dip
Cut celery, zucchini, cucumbers, or carrots into sticks or coins. Then dip them into prepared salsa or low-fat dip.
Banana Pops
Peel a banana. Dip it in yogurt, then roll in crushed breakfast cereal; freeze.
Fruit Shake-ups
Put 1/2 cup low-fat fruit yogurt and 1/2 cup cold fruit juice in a non-breakable, covered container. Make sure the lid is tight. Then shake it up, and pour into a cup.
Pudding Shakes
Use the same technique for making fruit shake-ups, but instead mix 1/2 cup milk with 3 tablespoons of instant pudding.
Sandwich Cut-outs
Using cookie cutters with fun shapes like dinosaurs, stars and hearts, cut slices of cheese, meat and whole-grain bread. Then put them together to make fun sandwiches. Eat the edges, too.
Peanut Butter Balls
Mix low fat peanut butter and bran or cornflakes in a bowl. Shape the mixture into balls with clean hands. Then roll them in crushed graham crackers.
Ice Cream-wiches
Put a small scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt between two oatmeal cookies or frozen waffles. Make a batch of these sandwiches ahead, and freeze them.
Ants on a Log
Fill celery with peanut butter or cream cheese. Arrange raisins along the top.
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