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20 Nifty, Nutritious Snacks for Kids

Tasty Treats for Picky Palates


2/6/2018 6:40:54 PM

JWOOLMAN's SparkPage
Another idea for popsicles is to make them from flavored soymilk. I do that with banana creme and cappuccino and chai flavors in the Svelte line. Can't be easier, I just open the cap of the bottle and pour it into the popsicle molds. After 24 hrs, 20-30 seconds under hot water and they pull out of the mold intact. That is plenty sweet already for me and satisfies any ice cream craving. I get four popsicles out of an 11oz bottle with my molds. Of course you could do that with any kind of milks, dairy or nondairy, or if more ambitious in the kitchen - mix with cocoa powder to make fudgesicles.
2/6/2018 6:30:24 PM

JWOOLMAN's SparkPage
Another idea to boost protein for kids with sweet stuff is what I do with nondairy pudding cups and nondairy yoghurts, which don't have much of any protein unless made with soy. I just add some vegan protein powder and stir it in. Choose a good-tasting one, of course! You can add some dried fruit if needed.

By the way, if your school can't allow peanuts and tree nuts due to kids with serious allergies, ask about seeds and soybeans and golden peas (the last two are alternative oily legumes). You can buy seed butters (Sunbutter is especially marketed at kids with peanut allergy or peanut-free schools), soynut butters (not tree nuts, just based on roasted soybeans which are called soynuts - Wow Butter even provides a bunch of labels to put on lunch bags, and I.M.Healthy even has a chocolate version, although you can always add cocoa powder to anything yourself), and butters based on golden peas (such as No-Nut Butter from Sneaky Chef). Those brands have sweetener added for kiddie tastes, but seed butters usually do need something a little sweet (even just some dried fruit or mixing with peanut butter or coconut oil will work). Pumpkin seed butter seems to be an exception, it has some natural sweetness usually.
2/6/2018 6:07:35 PM

JWOOLMAN's SparkPage
See the recipe section of for a great all-purpose energy bar recipe. It gives the proportions in categories and you can make your own choices for each. They can be frozen and are simple enough for kids to make or help make.

I like to stuff dried dates with small Brazil nuts or peanut butter or any nut/seed butter and then roll in shredded coconut. These can be kept in the fridge if you make more than will be eaten right away.

If you need gluten free, nowadays there are GF wraps made of amazing things. Not just made from rice and other GF flours - there are wraps made just from coconut that are very flexible. Those would work really well for little snack rolls such as the pb&j "sushi" described in the article. There are probably recipes on the net for how to make your own. I've seen them at glutenfreemall for sale so you can look at them there, but I'm sure there are other places and maybe even local stores that carry them in your area. Even my local grocery store carries small and large corn tortilla things which are flexible also.
12/20/2017 6:48:24 PM

GEORGE815's SparkPage
Nice ideas.
10/29/2017 11:21:51 AM

Thank you!
10/19/2017 12:21:12 PM

The nut rules have changed.
10/1/2017 12:45:58 AM

NASFKAB's SparkPage
great ideas not only for kids but adults also
9/10/2017 6:44:36 PM

JVANAM's SparkPage
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9/6/2017 10:15:24 AM

HOLLYM48's SparkPage
Great ideas!
9/6/2017 8:40:43 AM

These are great ideas. Thanks!
9/5/2017 9:53:17 AM

TVAUGHN57's SparkPage
I love these ideas! My niece eats a lot of junk food (her favorite is French Fries) 🍟. She needs some good stuff added to her diet!
9/5/2017 6:36:27 AM

-POOKIE-'s SparkPage
Surely you can find a better bar recipe than that one? Two types of sugar and margarine?
You can make bars with banana as a sweetener and use a real oil not a bunch of stuck together chemicals.
8/28/2017 12:29:11 AM

Love these ideas...Healthy fun and easy. Right up my alley.
7/20/2017 6:28:29 AM

NASFKAB's SparkPage
great useful ideas thanks for sharing
6/27/2017 5:54:48 PM

GEORGE815's SparkPage
Nifty healthy snacks for kids. Better to eat healthy than the plentiful junk food in the kitchen.

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