Surprisingly Healthy Snacks for Kids, by The Food Network
Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., wrote an article for the Food Network all about snack ideas that are sure to satisfy and fuel your busy child! We thought it would be great to pass the info on to you! With kids being active this summer, it’s important that they get the proper nutrition they need to keep their energy up! We’ve gone through the list and picked out some of our favorites. Here’s the list!
- Popcorn – Popcorn is a sure-fire hit with kids, and … it’s a whole grain! Popcorn actually has 4 grams of fiber per 3-cup serving, which makes it a filling snack. Plus, it’s endlessly versatile. You can transform air-popped popcorn with all sorts of toppings, including grated cheese, nutritional yeast or cinnamon and sugar.
- Ice Pops – Ice pops couldn’t be easier or more versatile to whip up. And when you make them yourself, you control exactly what goes in them. These Frozen Orange Pops deliver a helping of vitamin C and calcium to your child, courtesy of the main ingredients: orange juice and nonfat Greek yogurt.
- Cookies – Here’s the thing about cookies: You can make them healthy when you use the right ingredients. Whole-wheat pastry flour can be subbed for white flour in most cookies. Rolled oats add even more fiber. And in some recipes, like these Oatmeal-Chocolate Snack Cakes, you can replace some of the butter with applesauce to lighten up the saturated fat. Serve them with low-fat milk and you have a nutritious, balanced snack for your kids.
- Pizza – Pizza is really just another take on a sandwich, and it can be a vehicle for healthy toppings like olives, sliced peppers, or pineapple and ham. Use whole-wheat English muffins or buy premade whole-wheat pizza dough and have your kids add their favorite toppings.
- Crispy Rice Treats – The classic crispy rice-marshmallow-and-butter snack gets a health boost in these Puffed Rice Snowballs, thanks to added dried fruit and seeds. Use puffed whole-grain cereal to make them even better for your kids.
- Chips and Dip – A serving of pita or tortilla chips is really fine nutritionally — it has filling fiber and can be a tasty vehicle for healthy dips, such as hummus, black bean dip or salsa.
Those are our favorites! If you try any of these out, let us know on our social media pages! Want some tips on how to make any of these items? Check out the Food Networks website!