6 Fun and Simple Snack Ideas for Kids
By Chris Theisen
The following snack ideas are quick, easy, and fun to make! You and your child will enjoy making these yummy snack ideas after school, before practice, or even as a late night treat!
These snack ideas are great for large or small groups, or even for an individual child. Try these snack ideas as a reward for good behavior or as an alternative to snack cakes, chips, and other unhealthy treats.
Fruit Kabobs with Dip:
Slice the bananas and cut the melon into cubes. Place each type of fruit into its own bowl. In another bowl, make a 1:1 mixture of marshmallow cream and cream cheese (enough to provide each child with about 1/8 cup of dip).
Have each child take a skewer and create a kabob using the available fruits. Next, give each child a portion of the "fruit dip" for dipping each piece of fruit in.
* Remember to stress the importance of being careful with the skewers as they are very sharp and can easily hurt someone if misused. * Citrus fruits can also be used, but do not taste as good when dipped in the "fruit dip."
Refried Beans (best if warmed up with a small amount of milk added to soften)
Seasoned Ground Beef (optional)
Sliced or Diced Jalapeno Peppers (optional)
Set each topping out in a separate container. Give each child a bowl filled with tortilla chips and allow him or her to make a nacho creation.
Give each child a banana that has been sliced open like a baked potato (length-wise along the inside curve). Allow each child to fill the banana with chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and/or marshmallows. Wrap the bananas in aluminum foil and bake until the chips and marshmallows melt. Top with whipped cream if desired. Enjoy!
Vanilla Ice Cream
In a blender, mix a 1:1 ratio of watermelon and ice cream. It's that simple and it tastes incredible. Wonderful for those hot summer days! This is much easier (and less expensive) to do with smaller groups.
Ants on a Log:
Creamy Peanut Butter
An old classic! Give each child a couple of celery sticks and have them spread peanut butter into the "groove" of the celery. Then place the "ants" on the "log" by sticking several raisons into the peanut butter. Enjoy. (Another variation is to use soft cream cheese instead of peanut butter.)
10"-12" Flour Tortillas (1 for each child) Shredded Cheddar or "Pizza Mix" Cheese Pepperoni
Provide each child with a flour tortilla. Instruct them to spread a layer of shredded cheese onto the tortilla and then have them place 8-10 slices of pepperoni on top of the cheese. Broil or bake in an oven until the cheese is melted. *Remove from the oven and roll the tortilla up. Enjoy!
Recipe for Better Behavior
1 Strong-Willed Child
1 (or 2) Determined Parent(s)r
1 Copy of The Parent Coach Plan
Purchase The Parent Coach Plan here. Open and read. Use as instructed.