Fruit kabobs: Cube a variety of fruits and alternate on a straw. Even add a marshmallow or mild cheese cubes – a great source of calcium – and kids will gobble them up!
Ants on a log: Fill cut celery stalks with peanut butter, cream cheese or cashew butter (sun butter for a nut-free option). Top with raisins. Simple and provides fiber and protein.
Homemade trail mix: Use toasted sunflower or pumpkin seeds, popcorn, coconut, mini marshmallows and a modest scattering of chocolate chips.
Popcorn cups: Fill plain white paper cups with popcorn, dried fruit and a sprinkling of chocolate chips. Have your child decorate the cups with stickers and paints before filling for a personal touch.
Mini muffins: Carrot, zucchini or banana muffins are a popular item with kids and grown-ups. Make your muffins a touch healthier by using whole wheat flour.
Yogurt parfaits: In a clear cup, layer low fat yogurt and fruit and then top with granola.
Veggie cups: In a clear cup, layer 2 tablespoons of ranch dressing or hummus on the bottom. Place celery, carrot and cucumber sticks into the cup, adorn with a few cherry tomatoes for color.
Banana ghosts: Take a banana and cut it in half, put in a popsicle stick into each half through the flat bottom; decorate with three eyes made out of chocolate chips.
Best beverage bets: Water! If juice, try Apple and Eve or Juicy Juice 100 percent fruit juices, Fruitables juice boxes or Vita Coco Kids Fruity Coconut Water.
Grocery ready ideas
Yogurt tubes: Go low fat, and Greek, for a protein boost.
Cheese and crackers: Simple and nutritious. Look for whole grain crackers and serve with cheese sticks or cheese cut with small cookie cutters for cool shapes.
Granola bars: Many stores offer bars packed with sugar. Look for whole grain bars that have at least 3 grams of fiber. Cliff Organic Z bars for kids and Kashi bars can be pricey for a whole class party, so divide among parents.
Whole grain pita chips: With hummus, salsa or guacamole.
Applesauce cups: Include whole grain animal crackers for dipping.
Pirate’s Booty: Baked puffs come in a variety of flavors, and have no artificial ingredients.
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