- Build incredible edibles. Place an assortment of precut veggies and fruits in a stay-fresh container. Using reduced-fat peanut butter and their imagination, let kids build a variety of creations such as smiley faces, butterflies, kites -- whatever looks and sounds tasty.
- Take a hike. Kids love trail mix. Combine whole grain cereal, dried cranberries, chopped almonds, and sunflower seeds. Be sure to make a big batch and divide it into single-size portions.
- Dip it! Dip sliced jicama strips, carrots, celery sticks, or other crunchy veggies into salsa or hummus (chickpea spread). Hummus also tastes terrific on whole grain pita bread.
- Scoop up a yogurt or pudding parfait. Skip the ice cream. Instead, kids can layer fat-free yogurt and fresh berries into a sundae dish. Sugar-free pudding made with fat-free milk also makes a tasty base for this sort of fruit parfait.
- Hot potato! Zap a baked potato in the microwave and top it with cooked fresh or frozen broccoli florets and shredded low-fat cheddar cheese.
- Nibble on pizza bites. Top mini whole grain bagels with tomato sauce, shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese, and chopped veggies such as bell peppers, mushrooms, and onions. Pop the pizzas into a toaster oven for about 10 minutes -- chow!
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Snack attacks are a reality for growing kids. Here are some tips to make sure they’re nibbling on fruits and veggies: