Healthy Children - March 2016

MyPlate Snack Tips for Kids  

10 Tips for Making Great Tasting Snacks

  1. Create a yogurt sundae- Top plain, low-fat or fat-free yogurt with fresh, frozen, or canned fruit, like bananas, strawberries, or peaches. Sprinkle whole-grain cereal on top for crunch.
  2. Make pita pockets- Stuff a small whole-wheat pita with sliced bell peppers, salsa, and a slice of low-fat cheese. Melt in microwave for 15-20 seconds.
  3. Jazz up your favorite cereal- Make a trail mix! Stir ¼ cup of unsalted nuts, ¼ cup of dried raisins or cranberries, and ¼ cup of whole-grain cereal together.
  4. Make a fruit sandwich- Cut an apple into thin slices. Spread peanut butter or almond butter between two slices to create “apple sandwiches.”
  5. Dip your veggies- Create veggie treats by dipping slices of cucumbers, peppers, and carrots in a low-fat salad dressing or hummus.
  6. Pack an afterschool snack- For a healthy afterschool snack; keep a fruit cup packed in 100% juice or water in your bag. Some fresh fruit, like bananas and oranges, are also easy to pack and eat any time.
  7. Try a piece of cheesy toast- Toast a slice of whole-wheat bread and top with a slice of your favorite low-fat cheese.
  8. Freeze your fruit- For a frozen treat on hot days, try freezing grapes or bananas! Don’t forget to peel bananas and pull grapes from the stem before freezing.
  9. Power up with ‘roll-ups’- Roll a slice of low-salt deli turkey or ham around an apple wedge or around a slice of low-fat cheese.
  10. Build a fruit salad- Mix your favorite sliced fruits such as pineapple, grapes, and melon.