Monday, July 9, 2012

Healthy Treats for Kids

Healthy treats for kids fall into two categories if you ask your average talking child. Sweet or salty, means candy, ice cream, or chips and fries. And most parents no matter how hard they try buckle under the pressure when tired, over worked, or tired of picky eaters. The drive through it is.

Here are some ideas to make sweet, salty, and quick and easy come straight from your kitchen.
                                                                           

                                                                       

  • Try homemade fries with olive or grape seed oil and sweet potato strips. Sweet, salty, and nutritious all in one snack or side dish.
  • Freeze yogurt layered with sugarless natural fruit jams in paper cups with a stick. After 3-4 hours in the freezer this makes a great nutritious snack for both adults and kids.
  • Freeze crushed or pureed fruit in ice cube trays. Use them with sparkling water in place of soda pop for a refreshing drink.
  • Blend fresh fruit and shaved ice for a frozen slushy in the convenience of your home.
  • Offer pretzels with low fat ranch dip or cheese slices for a salty and filling snack.
  • Apple slices are always a refreshing snack.
  • Chop chicken, tomatoes, grapes, and hard boiled eggs in tiny pieces. Spoon over lettuce or spinach leaves and top with a fruit dressing. Sprinkle sunflower seeds or chopped walnuts or pecans for a finishing touch.
  • Dip strawberries in dark chocolate for a sweet treat that all ages love.
These are just a few ideas and with the help of the Internet you can find many other nutritious snack ideas for your family. Enjoy.

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