Nutrition Experts

Kid-friendly holiday snacks
Question:

What are some nutritious snacks I can feed my kids during this busy holiday season?

Answer:

It helps to have nutritious options available for hungry tummies to balance out the abundance of holiday goodies. Try these tasty, kid–friendly snack ideas:

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Trail mix–toss a mix of raisins, cranberries, dried apples, apricots or other dried fruit with assorted nuts and lower–sugar cereal
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Yogurt topped with fresh fruit
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Peanut butter and banana slices sandwiched between whole grain bread, crackers or graham crackers (instead of peanut butter, try almond butter or soy nut butter, too)
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Whole–wheat pita wedges and hummus
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Cut–up veggies (baby carrots, bell pepper strips, sugar snap peas) with low–fat ranch dressing or dip. Or, you can make your own dip using plain yogurt or cottage cheese as a base
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Fruit smoothie–blend a mix of frozen fruit with a splash of orange juice and a dollop of low–fat yogurt
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Apple or pear slices with cheese or peanut butter
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Cheese quesadilla with salsa. Add a small handful of drained, canned black beans to the quesadilla to boost fiber
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Orange smiles
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Banana dogs–spread peanut butter on a whole–wheat hotdog bun, slip in a banana and sprinkle with raisins
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Fresh fruit. Keep a bowl of washed fresh fruit on the counter