Welcome to the 12th and final installment of the healthy eater series. This post is going to discuss fun, tasty, healthy snacks that are easy to make.
– Let children mash 1 ripe avocado in a bowl. Add juice from half a lemon, 2 tsp of sunflower seeds, and a pinch of salt. Spread over cucumber slices or serve with vegetable slices or whole wheat crackers.
– core apples and place in a microwave safe dish. Each child can fill their apple with about 1/2 tsp of butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add a few raisins, if desired. Cook for about 6 minutes in the microwave. Allow to cool before serving with toasted whole wheat pita wedges that are dusted with cinnamon.
– Allow kids to help mash one large, very ripe banana in a bowl. Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup of granola, a dash of cinnamon, and mix. Spread onto thin wafers or graham crackers.
– cut cucumbers into 1/8-inch slices. Help children top with egg salad, tuna salad, avocado crunch, or turkey and cheese. Cover with another cucumber slice.
– cube different cheeses and slice a mixture of fruits. Invite children to make snack kabobs on coffee stirrer “skewers” or pretzel sticks
– preheat oven to 375 degrees f. Wash and cut several types of root veggies (beets, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, turnips, etc) lengthwise, into “fingers”. Toss in a bowl with 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet in preheated oven and roast for about 35-45 minutes, until tender. Serve over brown rice.
Seasonal Fruit Salad
– let children help you wash and peel fruits that are in season. Cut into bite-size pieces and combine in a large bowl. Squeeze the juice from half a lime over the fruit and drizzle with a tbsp of honey. serve family-style with graham crackers.
– have children help add ingredients to a blender, including 6 ounces of low fat milk, 2/3 cup frozen fruit, and 1 tbsp honey. Little fingers can press buttons to be sure everything is blended well. Pour and serve with whole oat granola bars.
*Be sure to check out the rest of my healthy eater posts located under the ‘tips for raising healthy kids’ tab
***Also*** If you have any ideas or any topics you think would make for a good series, please let me know in the comments below. My brain is a bit fried from schoolwork so thinking clearly has been put on the back-burner for a bit.
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