12 Fun Fruit & Veggie Snacks for Kids
Fruity English Muffins
Split a whole-grain English muffin. Top with 2 Tbs. ricotta cheese and sprinkle on pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with 1 tsp. honey.
Skewer cherry or grape tomatoes, mini pieces of romaine lettuce, basil, and mini mozzarella balls. Cut off pointy ends.
Slice a pear into wedges. Spread 1 tsp. peanut butter on the bottom half of each wedge and dip into granola and dried fruit.
Slice a bit off the bottom and top of multicolored grape tomatoes. Plant a broccoli or cauliflower floret inside.
Roasted Green Peas
Using frozen peas makes preparing this super snack a snap.
Core an apple; slice into 1â„4-in.- thick pieces. Brush both sides with a little melted butter. Preheat a waffle iron on low-heat setting. Place 2 apple slices on grid, close lid, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until lightly browned. Repeat with remaining apple slices.
Ants on a Log, 3 New Ways
Fill celery stalks with the following:
1. Guacamole; top with black beans, corn kernels, or both.
2. Soft cheese; top with chickpeas.
3. Red-pepper hummus; top with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.
Vroom vroom! These simple fruit treats will get kids on the road to healthy snacking.
Preheat oven to 375°F. Peel and thinly slice beets, parsnips, and celery root. Remove excess liquid from beets with paper towels; let stand for 15 minutes. Toss with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Bake on a cookie sheet in a single layer for these times: Beets (10 minutes; remove and let stand for 5 minutes; bake 8 to 10 minutes more), celery root (28 minutes), and parsnips (23 minutes). Cool parsnips and celery root on sheet, beets on paper towels.
Dip berries into Greek yogurt. Place on a wax-paper-lined baking sheet; freeze 11â„2 hours. Thaw a bit, then serve.
Fruit & Veggie Chutney
Boil 1 cup veggie broth. Add 11â„2 cups peeled and chopped sweet potatoes; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in 1 peeled and chopped apple, 1â„2 cup fresh or dried chopped figs, 1 Tbs. brown sugar, and 1â„4 tsp. cinnamon. Simmer, covered, for 12 minutes or until sweet potatoes are tender. Remove lid and simmer 2 minutes more until slightly thickened. Spread on whole-grain crackers.
Cut a cucumber into 1â„2-in. slices, then scoop out the inside to make mini cups. Fill with chicken salad, tuna salad, or egg salad.
Got a sharp knife? You can make a Cutie even cuter.