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Old 07-03-2006, 12:53 PM   #1
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Healthy, creative snacks?

Ok, I'm wanting to know if anyone has any ideas for healthy snacks for kids (2.5yo & 10mo)??

I buy different fruits and stuff like that, but I'm wondering about things I can make? I saw the peanut butter granola thread and that's kind of along the lines I'm talking about....but if you've got an idea, it doesn't HAVE to be like that...ya know?

Just anything....for kids...that's healthy....that's not the 'same-ole same-ole"..ya know?

Thanks! I hope someone can come up with something :P

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Toasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipes

Don't toss those pumpkin seeds! Toast or roast pumpkin seeds in your oven in no time at all. They can can be salted or spiced to suit your palate. The shells are edible and are a good source of fiber. Use these methods with other seeds such as acorn squash and butternut squash. Pumpkin seeds are also known as pepitas.

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Ants On A Log

A fun snack that kids can make for themselves. Try different variations. This recipe has protein, carbs, and fat for a balanced after school snack. Raisins are a great source of iron. Nut butters add protein, oils, and B vitamins and vitamin E.

1/2cup nut butter such as almond or cashew
5 stalks of celery
1/4 cup raisins

Spread nut butter equally among the sticks of celery. Sprinkle raisins on tops and serve. Makes 5 servings.

For variations:

Try bok choi instead celery for a milder flavor or toast a slice of whole grain bread and cut into strips.
Try different types of dried fruits such as cranberries or apple bits.

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Healthy Snack Ideas
Chopped raw vegetables and dip
Chunks of avocado, cucumber, or cooked sweet potato
Breadsticks or pita chips with hummus
Pretzels or popcorn
Tortilla chips with bean dip
Cheerios, granola, or other cereal in a bag
Toasted whole grain breads or crackers with fruit spread or nut butters
Graham crackers or gingersnaps dipped in applesauce
Mini rice cakes with peanut butter
Apple slices with hazelnut butter
Fresh fruits
Dried fruits, especially raisins
Frozen bananas blended with a little non-dairy milk
Applesauce or other fruit cups
Nuts, especially mixed with dried fruit
Soy yogurt
Soy ice cream
Individual boxes of soymilk, rice milk, or fruit juices
Homemade muffins or cornbread
Ramen soup with added vegetables
Fresh soybeans (edamame)
Bite-sized tofu cubes
Tofu hot dogs
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Quick Bean Dip Makes about 2 cups

Serve this dip with baked tortilla chips or use it as a burrito filling.

1 cup fat-free, vegetarian refried beans
1/2 to 1 cup salsa (you choose the heat)

Combine refried beans with salsa. Add more salsa for preferred consistency.

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Pumpkin Spice Muffins Makes 10 to 12 muffins

2 cups whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 15-ounce can solid-pack pumpkin
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 375F. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Add pumpkin, 1/2 cup of water, and raisins. Stir until just mixed. Spoon batter into oil-sprayed muffin cups, filling to just below the tops.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until tops of muffins bounce back when pressed lightly. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes. Remove muffins from pan and cool on a rack. Store cooled muffins in an airtight container.

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Veggies in a Blanket Makes 2 large roll-ups

2 flour tortillas
2 tablespoons vegan cream cheese
1 grated carrot
2 lettuce leaves (or a handful of baby spinach leaves)

Warm tortillas in a dry pan. Spread vegan cream cheese on them. Add carrots and lettuce or spinach. Roll up and serve or wrap in plastic wrap for snacking later.

Variations: Add thin sticks of cucumber or sweet red pepper before rolling.

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Old 07-10-2006, 03:44 PM   #3
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tortillas cut up into small triangles with refried beans folded inside. I used to work at a daycare center, and ALL the kids loved that one.
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I know you said that you buy fresh fruit, but something that a lot of people don't consider is kiwi. I love fresh sliced kiwi with some yogurt to dip it in. Any kind of fruit dipped in yogurt is awesome though.

These are sooo simple and yummy too. Kind of healthy, well, not unhealthy.
Cheese crisps:

Use American or Colby Jack cheese
Cut into small squares (16 for american, 24 for the colby jack)
Place onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper
(you can season the american with garlic powder, pepper, paprika and it'll make them tast like goldfish crackers)
Bake for 7 to 7 1/2 minutes on 400 degrees, make sure they're not underdone cause they'll be soggy. After they're done, they'll taste like cheese crackers. You can make a dip with low-fat plain yogurt, cucumbers, and chives (just blend it together)
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One of our fav fruit dips is mixing a container of strawberry yogurt with whip cream. Just enough whip cream to make it smooth. Yummy. Better than that carmal dip or apples
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ds's current favorite is pretzels (pumpernickel ones) dipped in avocado hummus.
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We make our own chex mix, adding whatever we like. (and we make a batch of spicy for me!)
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ds's current favorite is pretzels (pumpernickel ones) dipped in avocado hummus.
do you buy or make avocado hummus?
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I buy the avocado hummus. He likes the spinach artichoke one, too but it's harder to find.

I also make him quesadillas all the time, too. I use the microwave and he thinks they're great - and he prefers the whole wheat tortillas!!!! I make the tortillas.
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