No matter how busy you are, you can feed your child snacks that are healthy and nutritious. When you're on the go or have a large number of children to feed, such as during a birthday party, choose snacks that are as easy to make as they are appealing. Keep your kitchen stocked with a few basic ingredients so simple snacks are always at the ready.
Cheese and Crackers
Cheese is the ideal snack food, as kids love the taste and it provides essential nutrients, such as protein and calcium. Cut cheese slices into whimsical shapes, such as hearts and flowers, to appeal to kids of all ages. Serve the cheese on top of wheat crackers to create a well-rounded snack.
Quesadillas are filling and simple to make for an after-school snack. Kids can customize their own treats with their favorite ingredients. Layer healthy items, such as low-fat cheese, grilled vegetables and cooked chicken, onto a flour tortilla and top it with another one. Bake the quesadilla or microwave it until the cheese is melted. Give kids an extra nutrition boost by topping the snack with salsa, or serve quesadilla wedges alongside a chipotle or ranch dressing for dipping.
The next time your kids are in the mood for something sweet, make them a smoothie in minutes. Scoop low-fat yogurt into a blender and have kids add their preferred fruit, such as strawberries or a banana. Add ice or frozen fruit, then pour in a splash of orange juice. Sweeten the smoothie with a little honey, if you desire.
Peanut butter is a satisfying and versatile snack. Spread it on apple slices or celery sticks when your child craves something crunchy. Use peanut butter to top a variety of other items, such as whole wheat bread or crackers. Don't serve peanut butter to groups of kids until you are sure that no guests have nut allergies.
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