Kids playing outside in summer sure can work up quite an appetite.
And what better way to satisfy it between meals than with snacks that are not only healthy, but that you and they can enjoy creating -- and having -- together?!
On The Early Show Monday, registered dietician Keri Glassman suggested several such snacks.
Ingredients: Oranges and orange juice
Final Product: Frozen orange in orange
Cut tops off oranges and remove insides. Place insides with orange juice into blender and pour mixture into empty orange shells. Freeze.
Kids love a refreshing snack in summer, and this one adds fluid to help meet hydration needs!
Ingredients: Nonfat plain yogurt, frozen blueberries, push-up pop molds
Final Product: Push Pop
Mix 1 cup of yogurt with 2 cups of frozen blueberries in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into molds and freeze until solid.
Anything out of the freezer is a treat! Kids love the push-up form, and here they're getting calcium, protein and antioxidants!
Banana Ice Cream
Ingredients: Bananas, crushed peanuts in bowls, dark chocolate chips in bowls
Final Product: Banana ice cream in container with toppings
Peel bananas and freeze. Remove from freezer and blend. Place in containers and add your favorite topping.
This is the "un-ice cream ice cream"! Also, if kids have any dairy issues, this is a fun way for them to participate in an ice cream sundae.
Of course, bananas are excellent source of potassium.
REAL FOOD FOR SNACKS
Ingredients: Turkey slices, whole wheat pitas
Final Product: Turkey Slider
Eat food for snacks! Kids often don't eat enough at meals, then go for chips or cookies for snacks. Give them food in snack size!
Kids love stuffing their own sandwiches.
Ingredients: Flax wraps, spinach wraps, turkey, ham, cheese, toothpicks
Final Product: Pinwheels
Make a sandwich with your child's favorite fillings on a flax wrap (make sure to use different colors such as cheese, ham, spinach wraps). Roll up and slice into four-to-five pieces. You can stab it with a decorative toothpick to keep it rolled.
Healthy Pasta Salad
Ingredients: Fortified pasta, such as Ronzoni Smart Taste or whole wheat pasta, edamame, olive oil, vinegar, salt/pepper, Dixie cups with characters
Final Product: Portioned pasta salad in Dixie cup
Cook the pasta and defrost the edamame (green soybeans). Mix them together and toss with dressing made from olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
Serve in a Dixie cup. Sometimes, it's just the way the food is presented that makes kids want to eat!
Make your own Trail Mix
Ingredients: Whole grain cereal (such as Puffins, whole grain Chex), bowl of peanuts, bowl of dried apricots, bowl of almonds, bowl of dried raspberries, Ziploc bags
Final Product: Assembled bag of trail mix
Place different ingredients in bowls for your child to assemble their own trail mix.
Excellent for brining on bike ride or family hike.
Peanut Butter Banana Bites
Ingredients: Bananas, peanut butter, crushed whole grain cereal (see above cereals), small whole wheat pretzel sticks
Final Product: Peanut butter banana bite
Cut banana into bite size pieces. Spread peanut butter over each piece and dip in crushed cereal. Can use celery sticks or pretzels for sticks to put pieces on.
Ingredients: Crushed graham crackers, bowl of raisins, bowl of dried cranberries, bowl of dark chocolate chips, Ziploc bags, large spoon
Final Product: Assembled bag of graham crackers and dried fruit
Place a graham cracker in each Ziploc bag and crush using a large spoon until sand-like consistency. Add in a few raisins and have your child "dig" for bugs in the sand. Can use other items such as dried cranberries ("ladybugs"), dark chocolate chips ("ants"), etc. Be creative!
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