8 Power Snacks

From Parents Magazine

Are your kids clamoring for a snack the minute they get home? Do you need something to fend off hunger pangs while you finish up dinner prep? Here are eight healthy snacks that will satisfy kids and adults alike—and help your family make good nutrition a priority.

Veggie dip

Slice fresh vegetables into thin strips. Serve with hummus.

Turkey tortilla

Place deli turkey, low-fat mozzarella and lettuce on a whole-wheat tortilla. Roll tightly, seal and refrigerate. Cut into 1-inch slices.

Sweet smoothie

Blend a banana with 1 cup nonfat milk and 2 tablespoons cocoa powder or malted milk powder. You can add variety by mixing in other fruits, yogurt or peanut butter.

Yummy yogurt

Mix low-fat vanilla yogurt with low-fat granola and dried cranberries.

Ants on a log

Fill celery sticks with peanut butter and top with raisins.

Fruit & cheese kebabs

Skewer melon chunks, pineapple wedges and grapes (sliced in half if your child is under 4) on an ice-pop stick, alternating fruit with small cubes of low-fat string cheese. Use yogurt for dipping.

Out-of-the-ordinary oatmeal

Top cooked oatmeal with 1 tablespoon peanut butter and 1 tablespoon raisins. Mix and serve.

Perfect parfait

Layer low-fat cottage cheese and sliced fruit in a parfait glass or clear cup.

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