Healthy Yummy Snacking

   Written by on March 27, 2014 at 12:06 pm

logo-wee-notesSnacks for a young child don’t have to be crunchy, sweet, or salty to be yummy, appealing, and healthy. Be sure to use every opportunity you have to enlarge the vocabulary of your wee one (spread, pretzel, yogurt, frozen, polka dot, etc.)

Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Ingredients:

4 cantaloupe or honeydew melon slices
2 ounces reduced fat cheddar cheese
4 fresh blackberries
4 whole fresh strawberries

Make It:

Use small (1 to 1½”) cookie cutters to cut shapes from the fruit and cheese.

Thread the fruit and cheese onto 4 small skewers (break or cut off any sharp ends).

Place on a flat dish, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to eat.

This will make enough for 2 servings and will last up to 24 hours.

(Note: Depending on his age and developmental level, you may also provide the fruit and cheese and several salt-free pretzel sticks and allow your youngster to assemble the kabob just before eating.)

Provide leftover fruit and cheese for breakfast or lunch. Remember! It can take up to 10 or 12 tries before a young child will accept the taste/texture/look of a new food.

Polka-Dot Waffle Sticks

Cut a whole grain waffle into sticks and let your toddler help spread them with cream cheese. Drop jelly on to create polka dots on top. Fun for breakfast, but also makes a great snack. They will be good cold, too.

Confetti Yogurt Pops

Ingredients:

2 cups vanilla yogurt
1 cup assorted berries (these may be blended if your toddler is picky about “lumps”)
5 pretzel rods, halved (scrape off as much salt as you can)

This recipe may be easily halved if preferred.

Make It:

Gently stir together the yogurt and fruit. Spoon into ice-pop molds or small paper cups. You may also choose to use a plastic ice cube tray to make the pops smaller. Cover the molds with tin foil, cut a small hole in the foil and insert cut side of the pretzel rod into the yogurt mixture. Freeze until firm. (These may be stored for up to a month.)

Ideas for these recipes are from the internet.

Happy, fun, and healthy parenting!

© 2014 Brenda Holland-Robinson

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Evan is the Assistant Editor at the Southside Messenger newspaper in Keysville, Virginia.

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