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.
Fruit sticks with Honey Cinnamon Greek Yogurt
- 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
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!
- 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
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!
Creamy Avocado Toasts
- 6-8 whole grain crackers
- ¼ avocado, cubed
- 1 tablespoon greek yogurt
- 3 cherry tomatoes, slices
- 1 basil leaf, torn
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.