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10 Simple Snacks for Kids

fruitsnacksSchool has barely started and I am already overwhelmed at the prospect of coming up with healthy snacks that my child will eat. I don’t think I can get away with a year of throwing bags of pretzels into my kid’s backpack, so I decided to do a little research by crowd-sourcing and scouring the internet so you don’t have to!  Here ere are the top 10 snacks I plan to try:

1. Hummus

Hummus is a simple and healthy spread made from chickpeas. My 4-year-old likes to make it with me and, whenever she is involved in making something, she is more likely to eat it. Score! Here is a basic recipe that can be made in about 10 minutes. If you can’t make your own, most grocery stores sell quality hummus so pick some up on your next trip.

2. Salami Snails

Salami Snails combine meat, cheese and bread dough in a fun shape that is sure to pique my daughter’s interest. Protein and carbs are the perfect combo.

3. Cherry Tomatoes

Wendry of Wendryn Doubt suggested cherry tomatoes. Pro Tip: Pack them in a container with hard sides to protect them. I would hate to see squashed tomatoes in library books or anywhere, really.

4. Fruit and Veggie Chips

Get in those daily fruits and veggies with a little drying or baking. To get you started, here is a great recipe for apple chips which is perfect for fall. For advanced snack makers, check out this recipe for delicious kale chips. Pro Tip: Kale chips are great fresh but won’t stay that way so eat them up quickly or make small batches.

5. Flax Carrot Apple Muffins

VillageQ contributor, Jan Kaminsky, challenged me to make these Flax Carrot Apple Muffins and resist eating five of them with butter right out of the oven! But the butter should be fine since they also have carrots, right? Pro Tip: Make a double batch and freeze them for another day.

6. Pumpkin See Dried Cherry Trail Mix

Our school, like many these days, has a No Peanut policy. This trail mix recipe allows my daughter to get her nut fix while abiding by the rules. A little protein and a little fruit make a great snack.

7. Crispy Chickpeas

Since I already had the chickpeas from making hummus, I figured I might as well try another way to cook them. It doesn’t get much easier than chickpeas, olive oil and salt. I can throw a few in a ziplock bag and finish my morning prep in a flash.

8. Fruit

VillageQ community member, Michelle Heins, suggested serving something simple, sweet and in season. Pro Tip: Throw some grapes in the freezer to serve up on those hot days.

9. Hard Boiled Eggs

This was actually a suggestion from my daughter. I often make the eggs on the weekend and make peeling them part of snack time fun. Most people know how to boil eggs but if you need a lesson, check this out. Of course, everyone knows the real challenge is peeling them.

10. Chocolate Tofu Pudding

I love the feeling that I’m getting away with something and that’s how I feel when I hide tofu in chocolate. Protein in a healthy treat–can’t ask for much more! Let me know what you think of this recipe from Mark Bittman.

Now, it’s your turn. What do you give your kids for snack?

 

FEATURE PHOTO CREDIT: TIAGO FAIFA

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