Back-to-School Snacks for Kids

Posted: Thu 4:23 AM, Aug 31, 2017  | 

Updated: Thu 8:17 AM, Aug 31, 2017

When you make food fun for kids, they are more likely to eat it and enjoy it (even if it is healthy!). There are plenty of easy recipes to put together for kids, so you can skip the pre-packaged – and often less-than-healthy – snacks.

Back-to-School Snacks for Kids

Sanford Dietitian Kelsey Herrick explains by making snacks at home, you can control what is included in the recipe, and tailor it to your kids’ needs.

Here are some tasty recipes perfect for after-school snacks – both sweet and savory.

Unsweetened Applesauce Ice Pops
These are a simple and fun way to turn a snack kids already love into a special treat. Simple pour unsweetened applesauce into an ice pop old and stick in the freezer for a few hours until hardened. They can enjoy it like a popsicle, but you know that it’s low in added-sugar and gets your kids extra fruit in their diets. Optional: throw some fruit slices into the popsicle molds for extra fruit throughout the popsicle.

• Unsweetened applesauce
• Optional: cut-up fruit

1. Pour the unsweetened applesauce into the popsicle molds. Add fruit if desired.
2. Freeze until hardened.

English Muffin Pizzas
Kids love pizza, and this simple snack version of a pizza uses healthy ingredients for a savory treat.

• Whole-wheat English muffin
• Tomato
• Shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Top English muffin with tomato slice.
2. Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese on top
3. Melt in a toaster oven until bubbly.
Segment 4 (6:30 a.m.) – Apple “Donuts” and Frozen-Chocolate-Dipped Bananas

The next two recipes are great because they’re fun for kids and incorporate healthy ingredients!

Apple “Donuts”
• 1 medium apple
• 3 tablespoons of nut butter (peanut, almond, sunflower, etc.)
• Toppings: shredded coconut, mini chocolate chips, granola, etc.

1. Remove apple core.
2. Slice the apple crosswise into 8 thin rings about ¼ inch thick.
3. Spread nut butter onto each apple ring.
4. Sprinkle with toppings.

Chocolate-dipped Frozen Bananas
• ½ banana per child
• Dark chocolate, chopped, or semisweet chocolate chips
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• Toppings: shredded coconut, granola, chopped pecans or walnuts, sprinkles, etc.

1. Line a baking sheet with nonstick foil or parchment paper
2. Cut bananas in half and insert a popsicle stick into each half. Place on baking sheet and freeze 15 minutes.
3. Melt the chocolate with the oil in the microwave (checking every 30 seconds). Stir until smooth.
4. Roll each banana in the chocolate, then sprinkle with toppings if using.
5. Place on baking sheet again and freeze until the chocolate sets – about 30 minutes.
Serve or freeze in airtight container for up to a week.

Providing your child with healthy, nutritious meals and snacks is so important to helping them with a great start to the school year. And while it’s easy to pick up prepackaged snacks, candy or chips – healthy options can be simple, too!

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