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Snacks for Children

Updated on November 28, 2014

Hey, Mom! I'm hungry! What may I snack on?

The kids just came home from soccer practice, band rehearsal, school, or a friend's house - and they just have to eat something. These growing children are hungry! The problem is that you're busy working yet and don't have a chance to stop and make something for them; since it is only a couple hours until mealtime, you don't want to spoil their dinners; and you don't want them to eat "junk" food. What's a parent to do? Well, I've been collecting some ideas for snacks that my children like that are easy to make, and wanted to share them with you. : ) Perhaps you have a few awesome ideas to share! Let's go dig into some yummy, healthful snacks!

Photo from Wikipedia.

Great Children's Snack Recipes - ... from Kraft!

Salad Wrap
Salad Wrap

Wrap a Snack!

Veggies & Meat

One item that is always on our shopping list is tortillas! They may be used for so many snack options! Our local grocery story carries them in 6-inch, 8-inch, and 12-inch varieties. The children prefer "plain", but hubby and I like the wheat and vegetable based ones. Almost anything your heart desires may be "wrapped" up in a tortilla easily, but here are a few of our favorites.

Salad Wrap ~ Getting kids to eat vegetables can be a challenge! If I put a salad in front of my kids, they complain, but for some reason will eat the same ingredients in a salad wrap! ??

Lay your tortilla flat on the plate. Spread about one tablespoon of salad dressing over the inside. Layer with a few piece of lettuce, carrots, tomato slices, or whatever other veggie you have in the house. They all sort of blend together in one yummy taste! Do not overfill the tortilla because it will be hard to close and will fall apart. Carefully turn the bottom edge up, then roll the sides around the salad. I usually wrap a paper towel around the bottom half as a way to hold it together and collect falling pieces. : )

Sandwich Wrap ~ Make a mini sandwich in a wrap! Spread a little mustard or salad dressing on the tortilla, layer with a few pieces of lettuce and some lunch meat such as ham or turkey, and wrap! We have also used and tuna fish leftover chicken to fill. Simple and tasty!

Photo Credits to Wikipedia.

Chicken Quesadilla
Chicken Quesadilla

Quesadillas ~ That's Cheesy!

Warm & Tasty!

Quesadilla ~ If your child is old enough to use the stove (teens), he can make a warm quesadilla. Simply set a tortilla in the frying pan, place a layer of your favorite cheese on top, then cover with another tortilla. It doesn't take long, so watch it carefully. When it it lightly browned on one side, carefully filp it over to brown the other side, and voila! We use a non-stick pan to make it easier to work with and to clean. Another option is to warm them in the microwave for 30 - 45 seconds. Slice your quesadilla into small "pie pieces".

Options

~ Try different types of cheeses: American, Swiss, mozzarella, pepper-Jack, cheddar ...

~ Add some leftover chicken or beef after cutting it into small strips or pieces.

~ Add some vegetables to the inside such as peppers and onions.

~ Dip the quesadilla into Mexican salsa or barbecue sauce.

Biscuits
Biscuits

Bake a Biscuit!

Just use a simple can of refrigerated biscuits!

Warm Cheese Sandwiches ~ Slice a biscuit in half, fold a slice of cheese into quarters, place in the center of the biscuit, push top and bottom pieces together gently, and bake in a toaster oven.

Cinnamon Surprise ~ Slice biscuit in half, sprinkle center with cinnamon sugar, place a few chocolate chips (or a Hershey kiss) in the center, push the pieces back together, sprinkle the top with more cinnamon sugar, and bake.

Mini Pizza
Mini Pizza

Mini Pizzas to the Rescue!

Mini Pizzas ~ Cut either a bagel or English muffin in half as your pizza crust. Top with tomato or spaghetti sauce, Parmesan cheese, mozzarella cheese, and pepperoni. Bake in a toaster oven until is is warm and the cheese is melted. Easy!

Healthy Snacks for Kids (Nitty Gritty Cookbooks)
Healthy Snacks for Kids (Nitty Gritty Cookbooks)

This fun recipe book not only contains silly names for snacks that kids will enjoy, but it includes suggestions on how to make their snacks more nutritious and simply more appealing!

 

Recipes for More Healthy Snacks for Kids!

Lunchbox Ideas from Kraft

Recipes for Kids from About.com

Healthy Treats and Super Snacks for Kids
Healthy Treats and Super Snacks for Kids

Kids will just think they are having fun, but you know they will be learning how to cook and eat healthy foods with this resource! Have fun!

 

What are your children's favorite snacks? - Please share your ideas with other parents. :-D

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I like to take some canned fruit cocktail and add fresh apple and banana chunks.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      These are all excellent suggestions! My children are grown, but I do believe they would still enjoy these snacks. I know my husband will :)

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      howtoburnbellyfat 6 years ago

      I look at it's a snacks for me as well. The look delicious.

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      smithlights 6 years ago

      Great recipes! I learned how to make quesadillas in the microwave. Wasn't until I was in my 20s that I found out that was weird!

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @ClassyGals: Thank you, Cynthia! : )

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Thanks for sharing this delicious snack recipe!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fun recipes for kids - love the strawberry crackers

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Special blessings and featured on April Fools' Day Blessings, You are charged with supplying all angels with special snack today or polishing their wings,

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @norma-holt: Thanks, Norma! : )

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      Great lens and featured on Holiday Cooking.

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @mbgphoto: Hope they like them, Mary Beth! : )

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      JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      @SciTechEditorDave: LOL ~ hope you find something tasty, Dave! :)

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Great ideas. I'll have to remember these when the grandchildren visit.

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      David Gardner 7 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Nice lens. (You're making me hungry!) I've liked, favorited, thumbs-upped, and lensrolled your lens! Congrats on a great job! (Now, excuse me while I go to the fridge and find something to gnosh on!)