10 Healthy Snacks for Kids (and adults)

Kids love to snack! Unfortunately, what many kids consider snacks are often loaded with sugar, fat and salt, so concerned parents often discourage snacking. The real question however, should not be how often kids snack, but what they are snacking on. In fact, studies have shown that kids who snack between meals are usually slimmer and better nourished than those who are restricted from doing so.

Snacks can and should be healthy. They should offer your child the same good nutrition as the regular meals you serve. Snacks should not be an excuse to eat poorly, rather, think of snacking as the perfect opportunity to put additional nutrition into your child’s diet.

The best bet for healthy snacks are fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products (such as milk, yogurt and low-fat cheese) and whole grains, nuts and seeds.

You’ll notice many of these are fruit oriented…which is my personal way of not offending the cheese hating from my own kid, but at the same time touching what others may like as well.

1. Mini “Pizzas”

America’s favorite snack doesn’t have to be made from junk food if made from nutritious ingredients. Make these with whole grain crackers, (wheat or rye) your favorite pizza sauce and grated low-fat mozzarella cheese. Spread about one-half to one Tablespoon of pizza sauce on each cracker. Sprinkle with cheese and add Italian seasoning if desired. Bake on a cookie sheet at 350° for about 5 minutes or until cheese melts.

2. Orange Shake

Place one cup of orange juice, one cup of ice cubes and 1/3 cup non-fat dry milk powder in a blender. Blend until smooth. (serves one)

3. Frozen Bananas

Peel bananas and cut in half crosswise. Insert wooden popsicle sticks. Freeze banana plain or roll in chopped nuts or carob sprinkles. Wrap banana in plastic wrap or small plastic bags . Freeze until firm.

4. Quesadilla Quickie

Place a small corn tortilla in a frying pan. Sprinkle a little grated jack or cheddar cheese on one half of the tortilla and your choices of chopped onions, tomatoes, chilis or salsa on the other. Heat until cheese melts, then fold and eat!

5. Peach Yogurt

Drain a 16 ounce can of unsweetened sliced peaches and spread fruit on a cookie sheet. Freeze until hard (about 2 hours). Put peaches in a blender with one cup of plain yogurt. Blend until smooth and eat at once. (serves 2)

6. Frozen Yogurt Squares

Mix 2 cups of fruit yogurt with one cup of cut up fruit and 2/3 cup of non-fat dry milk powder in a blender until smooth. Stir in 1- 1/2 cups of unsweetened granola or Grape Nuts cereal. Pour mixture into an 8″ square pan. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup more granola or cereal, pressing in. Freeze until firm (about 4 hours), then cut into squares and serve.

7. Pita Melts

Cut whole wheat pita bread rounds into halves and stuff with (low-fat) grated cheese. Heat in oven at 350° for about 3-5 minutes.

8. Sardine Snacks

Yeah, that’s right we all beat down sardines with words but they are pretty healthy for you. Sardines are loaded with protein and omega 3 fish oils, as well as high calcium, vitamin D and iron . Top whole grain bread or crackers with a sardine or two.

9. No Fat-No Salt Nacho Chips

Cut four 6″ corn tortillas into eighths. Spread out on a cookie sheet and bake at 400°  about 7-8 minutes or until crisp. Remove from oven and dip into salsa or top with grated cheese.

10. Banana-OJ Slush

Place one cup ice cubes, 1/2 cup banana and 1/2 cup orange juice. Blend until smooth.

Our top snacks around here seem to lean more towards the fresh fruits rather than vegetables and cheese. Which don’t get me wrong, vegetables, steamed or cooked any other way go over quite well nowadays, but if you have a picky eater in your home that dislikes cheese, then my top 10 list will will leave you partially, if not fully satisfied…and don’t you forget it!


15 Responses to “10 Healthy Snacks for Kids (and adults)”

  1. my husband loves snack, and I couldn’t find what to suggest him every time. These ideas are great! You’re right, these are not for children only, but also for adults. Thank you

  2. I’m so worried about the direction our kids are headed in nowadays. Watching Jamie Olivers food revolution tv show scared the thingies out of me. I suggest we all start cooking some healthy recipes like these at home if we’re going to fix this horrible situation. The ones on that site seem pretty easy, I tried last night and it’s the first time my family has eaten healthy in so long, I just feel wonderful.

  3. I’m impressed, I must say. Really seldom do I experience a weblog that’s both educative and entertaining, and let me inform you, you have hit the nail on the head. Your idea is outstanding; the problem is anything that not adequate people are speaking intelligently about. I am very happy that I came across this in my research for some thing relating to this.

  4. We are the best

  5. best, food, cookbook…

    [...]Cooking Blog » 10 Healthy Snacks for Kids (and adults) – What’s In My Pot[...]…

  6. Stomach Cancer Survival Rate…

    [...]Cooking Blog » 10 Healthy Snacks for Kids (and adults) – What’s In My Pot[...]…

  7. Throat Cancer Survival Rate…

    [...]Cooking Blog » 10 Healthy Snacks for Kids (and adults) – What’s In My Pot[...]…

  8. probiotic brands…

    [...]Cooking Blog » 10 Healthy Snacks for Kids (and adults) – What’s In My Pot[...]…

  9. boob jobs on the nhs…

    [...]Cooking Blog » 10 Healthy Snacks for Kids (and adults) – What’s In My Pot[...]…

  10. American Health Journal is seeking for partner blogs in the health care field. AHJ is a health care content site which contains a large library of high quality medicine videos. We are seeking site owners who may be interested in content based partnerships. We can offer content exchanges, link exchanges, and exposure to your website. Get in touch with us at our contact form on our website.

  11. Hi. I think there is some thing incorrect with your loading speed. I hope you’ll be able to fix it!

  12. Vegetables are neutral, and therefore can be easily digested with either aforementioned group without affecting the p – H of your stomach.
    names but the most well known is the Raw Food Diet. If you rinse
    uncooked chicken sanitize sink and kitchen surfaces after rinsing.

  13. Today, I went to the beach front with my kids. I found a sea shell
    and gave it to my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.”
    She put the shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it pinched her ear.

    She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is entirely off topic but I had to tell someone!

  14. I got this site from my buddy who told me regarding this website and at the
    moment this time I am visiting this web page and
    reading very informative posts at this time.

  15. Wonderful job, gentleman! This kind of interesting, noteworthy and good post to ascertain. Fantastic! This useful report generates personally likewise information that people couldn’t have discovered in other places. Thanks tremendously using this.

Leave a Reply



What’s In My Pot is proudly powered by WordPress
Entries (RSS) and Comments (RSS).

© 2008 Susanna C - template by drawk