How to raise a healthy eater: Part 12

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.

Avocado Crunch

– 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.

Baked Apples

– 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.

Banana Crunch

– 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.

Cucumber Sammies

– 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.

Kabobs

– cube different cheeses and slice a mixture of fruits. Invite children to make snack kabobs on coffee stirrer “skewers” or pretzel sticks

Roasted Vegetables

– 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.

Smoothie

– 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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