Kids love to snack, but that doesn’t mean they have to fill up on junk food to curb their cravings. Healthy snacks are a great way for kids to stay energized while stocking up on protein, calcium, fruits, veggies and whole grains. Try these fun treats the next time your kids ask for a snack. All are 200 calories or less per serving.
Fruit-and-cheese kabobs. Skewer two 1-inch cubes of Colby cheese, two strawberries and five grapes for a fun treat big on protein and calcium.
Hummus-topped cucumbers. Cut three or four thick slices of cucumber and top each with a spoonful of hummus and sliced black olives.
Ham crackers. Boost energy with whole grains and protein by topping a half-dozen low-fat wheat crackers with a little sliced ham.
PB&B waffle. Spread one tablespoon of peanut butter over a toasted multigrain waffle and cover with banana slices for a snack packed with protein and potassium.
Yogurt parfait. Make low-fat yogurt more appealing by layering it in a clear cup with fresh, antioxidant-rich blueberries or another favorite fruit of your child’s choosing.
Peanut butter dip. Turn peanut butter into a high-protein fruit dip by thinning it with a little milk and honey and serving it with fresh peach slices.
Peppers and salsa. Pile on the veggies: Chop a sweet bell pepper into large chunks and dip in fresh salsa.
Apples with yogurt dip. Stir cinnamon into half a container of low-fat vanilla yogurt to make an easy, calcium-rich dip that tastes great with sliced apples.
Tuna boats. Make healthy “boats“ by hollowing out half a bell pepper and filling it with a half-cup scoop of tuna salad.
Mini pizza bagels. Turn pizza into a healthy snack by topping each half of a whole-grain mini bagel with tomato sauce and low-fat mozzarella cheese. Bake at 325° F until the cheese melts.