Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low- or nonfat dairy also make good nutritious snacks for children. Here are some ideas for ways to serve these foods to your kids:

Fruits:
Small pieces of fruit stirred into nonfat yogurt
• Strawberries
• Raisins
• Grapes
• Pineapple chunks
• Orange or grapefruit sections
• Bananas cooked lightly in apple juice
• Apple slices with all natural peanut butter
• Dried fruit mixes

Vegetables:
Carrot sticks
Celery sticks with all natural peanut butter
• Raw broccoli and cauliflower florets with a low-fat dip or salsa
• Cherry tomatoes

Protein:
• 1% fat or fat-free cottage cheese or ricotta cheese

• Water-packed tuna mixed with fat-free mayonnaise on top of celery sticks or whole-grain crackers
• Fat-free yogurt topped with sunflower seeds, chopped dried fruit or a spoonful of oat bran
• Unsalted almonds mixed with dried cranberries

Whole grains:
• Cereals or cereal bars that are low in sugar and fat, and high in fiber and protein
• Whole-grain crackers, breads or bagels

Sweets and desserts:
• Fat-free frozen yogurt
• Juice bars
• Sherbet and sorbet

 

 

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