Without a little planning and a few fresh ingredients, snack time can be “grab-what’s-in the pantry” time, often with little or no nutritional value. Try these fun, quick (quick being the key word) snack ideas the next time anyone in your family gets a craving. All are 200 calories or less per serving:
– Fruit-and-cheese kabobs. Skewer two 1-inch cubes of Colby cheese, to strawberries and five grapes for a fun treat big on protein and calcium. Make a bunch ahead of time. They are easy to grab and go.
– Hummus topped cucumbers. Cut four thick slices of cucumber and top each with a spoonful of hummus – and black olive if you little ones like a pop of flavor.
(CSP’s FAVORITE hummus brand is Tribe – all flavors, ask your grocer to order if they don’t have in stock!)
– Ham and crackers. Boost energy with whole grains and protein by topping a half-dozen low-fat wheat crackers with a little slice of ham.
– PB&B waffle. Spread one tablespoon of peanut butter over a toasted multigrain waffle and decorate with banana slices for a snack packed with protein and potassium. This snack makes a perfect breakfast-for-dinner meal too!
– Yogurt parfait. Low-fat yogurt can be more exciting by layering it in a clear cup with fresh, antioxidant-rich blueberries or another favorite fruit. Set up a do-it-yourself bar and let children layer the parfaits themselves.
– Peanut butter dip. Turn peanut butter into a high-protein dip by thinning it with a little milk and honey. Serve with peach slices or celery sticks.
Happy snacking, Smarties!