This post and recipes were contributed by Lauren Maddahi, a dietetic intern from Teachers College, Columbia University.

Kids starving after school? Fun homemade snacks are a great way to keep the energy going between lunch and dinner and help children meet the fruit and vegetable “quota”. Here are a few ideas for homemade snacks that your little ones can help prepare.

Need more snack ides? Check these previous posts that feature no-cook homemade snack options for kids:

Fruit sticks with Honey Cinnamon Greek Yogurt

Ingredients:

  • Your choice of seasonal fruits (Pear, Apple, Banana, Kiwi)
  • 2 wooden skewers (or chopsticks)
  • ¼ cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions:
1.  Cut the pear and apple into large dices. Slice the banana and kiwi into thick rounds.

2.  Poke the fruit with the skewer (or chopstick) and place on a plate.

3.  In a small bowl, mix together the yogurt, cinnamon and honey. Serve on the side or drizzle over the fruit kabobs and enjoy!

Homemade Snacks: Fruit sticks with Honey Cinnamon Greek Yogurt

Homemade Snacks: Fruit sticks with Honey Cinnamon Greek Yogurt

Banana Butterflies

Ingredients:

  • ½ medium banana
  • 2 tablespoons of any nut or or nut-free butter (almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, soy butter)
  • 10 mini pretzels or pretzel slims

Directions:
1.  Cut the banana into rounds and top with a small dollop of nut butter (or a nut-free butter if your child has food allergies).

2.  Place two mini pretzels on the top and at an angle to look like a butterfly. Enjoy!

Homemade snacks: banana butterflies

Homemade snacks: banana butterflies

Creamy Avocado Toasts

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 whole grain crackers
  • ¼ avocado, cubed
  • 1 tablespoon greek yogurt
  • 3 cherry tomatoes, slices
  • 1 basil leaf, torn

Directions:
1.  Mix the avocado and Greek yogurt together in a small bowl.

2.  Top whole grain melba toasts (or other whole grain crackers) with a small dollop of the avocado mixture.

3.  Add a slice of cherry tomato and basil leaf to finish it off.

4.  Enjoy!

Homemade snacks: creamy tomato toast

Homemade snacks: creamy tomato toast

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