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What kind of healthy snacks do you offer your kids?

I'm running low on ideas. I've got one child who likes apples, one who likes bananas, and one who would live on strawberries if I let him. LOL. They like low fat ice creams, cottage cheese, and maybe yogurt. But I'm trying to vary things up a bit, and I thought maybe you moms would have some good ideas or simple recipes. I'd love to hear your ideas. Thanks!

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nathansmom0400

Asked by nathansmom0400 at 2:14 PM on Jun. 22, 2009 in Kids' Health

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  • If they're old enough, mixed nuts are great. Celery with peanut butter and a few raisins sprinkled on top. My daughter loves cucumbers.
    kittyhasclaws

    Answer by kittyhasclaws at 2:19 PM on Jun. 22, 2009

  • my son loves cottage cheese with crushed pineapple in it.
    I found this site that has some great ideas.

    http://kidscooking.about.com/od/snacksdipsappetizers/p/healtkidssnacks.htm

    SLGross215

    Answer by SLGross215 at 2:27 PM on Jun. 22, 2009

  • freeze yogurt tubes - they're healthier and more fun than freezies and popsicles.

    cottage cheese
    crackers and cheese
    cut meat and cheese into neat shapes
    frozen fruit balls - with a melon baller scoop fruit into balls and then freeze. they get really sweet and are so much fun to eat! grapes too
    pretzels
    jello
    hypermamaz

    Answer by hypermamaz at 3:09 PM on Jun. 22, 2009

  • Bell peppers, carrots, celery, couscous, tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers
    texasgurl33

    Answer by texasgurl33 at 3:40 PM on Jun. 22, 2009

  • If my kids want a snack, I get an oval plate out of my cupboard and cut up cheese, put crackers on it, strawberries, whatever other fruits I have. They like it.
    Autumn22

    Answer by Autumn22 at 4:13 PM on Jun. 22, 2009

  • halve bananas, push a popsicle stick into the end, dip the banana into flavored yogurt, lay on a tray lined in plastic wrap, and freeze.

    Or make yogurt with "mix ins", like nuts, berries, low-fat graham crackers

    Make fruit kabobs and dip them in low-fat vanilla yogurt (skewer chunks of bananas, strawberries, melon, etc on a wooden skewer)

    Smoothies--take a bag of frozen fruit, some lowfat frozen yogurt, a little milk, and some honey. Blend in the blender til smooth. You will have to experiment with the amounts of fruit/milk/yogurt/honey til you get a consistency and flavor they like.
    AprilDJC

    Answer by AprilDJC at 9:21 PM on Jun. 22, 2009

  • One of my son's favorite desserts is yogurt with mini marshmallows mixed in it.  He also likes the little hundred calorie packs of cheeto's sometimes.  Carrots and veggie dip.  cream cheese on half a bagel... I really like the frozen yogurt tube idea!

    But_Mommie

    Answer by But_Mommie at 12:20 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • Thank you, everyone! These are some great suggestions and I'm going to try them out :)
    nathansmom0400

    Answer by nathansmom0400 at 12:22 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • celery sticks and peanut butter.
    I love to serve vegetables and different dips.
    I also like to make "smoothies" with frozen yogirt and fruit.
    amber710

    Answer by amber710 at 12:50 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

  • Rolled up turkey slices?
    21stCenturyMom

    Answer by 21stCenturyMom at 1:38 PM on Jun. 23, 2009

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