Dip into Healthy Eating

Are your kids getting bored with lunch? Let them take a dip with some healthy foods that are also fun to eat.

The American Heart Association suggests:

  • Sliced pears or apples dipped in plain, low-fat yogurt or some peanut butter.

Apples and peanut butter yogurt dip

Apples with Greek Yogurt and Peanut Butter Dip from Wholesome Mommy

  • Sweet pepper slices, celery or carrots dipped in fresh salsa, hummus or a homemade bean dip.

Peppers and Hummus

Peppers and Hummus from Veggie Quest

  • Sliced, grilled tofu or low-sodium, whole-grain crackers dipped in homemade soup.

Soup and crackers lunch

Soup and crackers from Simple Bites

25 Days of Snacks – Day 9 – Santa Claus Crackers

santa crackersThese crackers will make an adorable display for a holiday party or a kids’ play date. Use kitchen scissors to cut a pepperoni hat (use turkey pepperoni for a low fat version); attach to cracker with a dab of ricotta. Spread on a ricotta beard. Add celery slices for mustache and capers or raisins for eyes and nose. Cover bottom of hat with more ricotta for fluffy trim.

Recipe adapted from MARTHA STEWART KIDS, 2003

25 Days of Snacks – Day 7 – Veggie Wreath


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This snack can be made with any green veggie or fruit.  Place it on a bed of snow (cottage cheese) for a complete snack or meal.


Backyard Bug Snacks

Back-Yard-Bug-Snacks (2)We love these backyard bug snacks from “The Crafting Chicks.”  We made a few changes to the recipes, including replacing the candy eyes with everyday items food items found in your house.  Feel free to make your own changes to please the taste buds of your own backyard explorer.  Share your suggestions in the comments below and send us pictures of your backyard bug creations!

Scroll down for individual recipes for backyard caterpillars, backyard, ladybugs, and backyard butterflies.



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