Studies show that snacking accounts for 20% of kids' daily calories. Be sure little ones are getting their recommended vitamins and minerals by serving healthy snacks.
August 04, 2008
1 of 13Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Tyler Asbury
Peach-Oat Muffins Recipe Nutrient-packed muffins are food pyramid powerhouses. Kids love them because they're sweet; moms love them because peaches are high in vitamin C, oats and whole grains are loaded with fiber, pecans have heart-healthy fat, and buttermilk is full of calcium and protein.
Santa Fe Snack Seeds Recipe Sunflower and pumpkin seeds may be small, but they contain quite a few nutrients, making this sweet-and-spicy mix one of our healthy kids' recipes. Pack the mix in small airtight containers for a fun gift idea.
5 of 13Photo: Karry Hosford
Oats and Buttermilk Snack Cake
Oats and Buttermilk Snack Cake Recipe This simple snack cake is a treat for both kids and kids at heart. Eat these oat-filled cakes right out of the oven or wrap individually in plastic wrap and pack in a lunchbox for a healthy treat.
6 of 13James Carrier
Boiled Edamame Recipe High in fiber, low fat, full of protein, and rich in all 9 essential amino acids– this truly is a snack with a nutritional punch. Make it fun for kids by showing them how to open the edamame pods and pull out "magic beans."
7 of 13Photo: Jason Varney; Styling: Lindsey Lower
Marshmallow Popcorn Treats with Dark Chocolate Drizzle
Puffed Chocolate-Chip Cookies Recipe Chocolate chip cookies get a nutrition makeover with a secret ingredient– applesauce. It replaces some of the fat in the recipe, and kids love the sweetness.
9 of 13Photo: Karry Hosford
Peanut Butter-Banana Spirals
Peanut Butter-Banana Spirals
Recipe Kids will wear smiles after trying these crunchy mouth-size morsels that are rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat and potassium. Little chefs can be a big help by mixing ingredients and rolling the tortillas into spirals.
Maple-Chile Popcorn Recipe Spice up popcorn in just 20 minutes with five simple ingredients. Short on time? Try drizzling the sweet and spicy sauce on microwavable popcorn. If the chile adds too much spice for children, simply omit and enjoy the sweet 'n' salty maple popcorn.
12 of 13Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr
Fruit Medley with Mint and Lime
Fruit Medley with Mint and Lime Recipe Say goodbye to store-bought fruit cups. This homemade version is packed with an assortment of colorful, heart-healthy fruits without the added sugar and preservatives. This whimsical treat even allows little hands to help out in the kitchen.
13 of 13James Carrier
Two-Tone Puff Straws
Two-Tone Puff Straws Recipe Sweet or savory? Let the kids choose between our variety of straw-seasonings– Mexican Cheese, Tomato-Basil, Cinnamon-Nut, and Coconut-Orange. The quick and easy snacks are freezable, so kids can easily re-warm straws in the microwave.