Fun and Healthy Snacks for Kids

Healthy Carbohydrate Snack Mix

One way to have a healthy, low carb treat is to make trail mix. There are a lot of delicious choices including dried fruits, roasted nuts and seeds and dried or jerked meat. I really like dates, plums and raisins but you should be cautious with the quantity of these in your mix because they are higher in sugars.

Here is my recipe:

In a large bowl mix together the following:

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup walnut pieces
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 cups chopped coconut toasted
  • 1/2 cup chopped beef jerky
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1 cup pecan pieces

Portion into small freezer bags and place in the fridge. There you have it, delicious grab and go snacks.

Mini Chicken & Cheese Roll-ups

This is finger food which can be snack time or an easy lunch item served with a small salad. It’s simple but really tasty.

You will need :

1 lb. shredded chicken (use your food chopper if you like) you can use left over fried or baked chicken or cook boneless &skinless chicken breast strips for the dish and cool them before shredding

  • 1/4 cup minced celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 tsp curry spice
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup Lite Ranch dressing
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 8 inch flour tortillas

Mix the ingredients thoroughly. Place a small scoop of mix in center of tortilla and roll into a small burrito shape. Place on sprayed sheet pan flap side down and repeat to fill the pan. Brush lightly with olice oil and sprinkle a little sea salt on each one. Bake at 400F for 8-10 minutes until golden brown. These are delicious with salsa or dipped in Ranch dressing.

Garlic & Black pepper Whole Wheat Cracker Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil (your choice, I use extra virgin olive oil)
  • 4 tablespoons of water
  • garlic powder
  • black pepper ( coarse grind)

Mix together the flour and salt. Add the oil and knead mixture together by hand. Add enough water to make dough. Knead for about 5 minutes.

Spread onto oiled cooking sheet. Sprinkle with garlic powder and pepper. Using a pizza cutter mark the dough for portioning into individual crackers. Bake 10 to 12 minutes a 325 degrees. Let cool for one hour. Break into pieces.

Enjoy! Put them in your child’s lunch or eat them as a snack with a healthy piece of fruit; you’ll be good to go!

Variations:

Parmesan Garlic Whole Wheat Crackers
Omit salt. Add 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and garlic to taste to the basic recipe for a gourmet cracker.

Savory Herb Crackers
Add onion flakes, rosemary, dill and a little bit of garlic for a taste explosion!

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