Healthy snack ideas for kids

With students around the Philadelphia region preparing to head back to the classroom in the next few weeks, after-school snacks will soon be in high demand. Cookies or chips may seem like a fun option in the moment, but are not the healthiest choice a young student journalist can make. 

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Healthy Snacks and Quick Bites: A Recipe Book for Kids to the rescue! Created in 2019 by Healthy NewsWorks and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the digital cookbook has more than a dozen kid-tested and kid-approved healthy snack recipes. 

Check out three favorites:

SALSA-MOLÉ OLÉ!

What You’ll Need

  • 2½ cups chopped tomato
  • ½ cup red onions, chopped
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeño pepper, seeds removed and chopped; be careful! These peppers are spicy hot. The seeds hold most of the heat, so cut the pepper lengthwise and scoop out the core and seeds with a spoon. Try not to touch your face. Wear gloves or wash your hands after you chop.
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • baked tortilla chips or baguette, toasted

Let’s Cook!

1. Combine ingredients in a medium bowl. 

2. Refrigerate until ready.

3. Serve with baked tortilla chips or toasted baguette.

Serves 4


MIX-AND-MATCH SNACK ATTACK

What You’ll Need

Make your own snack by mixing together five ingredients from the list below. For the best-tasting snack, pick ingredients from all three groups.

Fruits

  • ½ cup raisins
  • ½ cup dried cranberries 
  • ½ cup dried apricots

Grains

  • 1 cup mini pretzel sticks or squares
  • 1 cup low-fat popcorn
  • 1 cup kettle popcorn
  • ½ cup toasted O’s cereal (like Cheerios®)
  • ½ cup wheat, corn or rice cereal (like Chex®)

Protein

  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds
  • ¼ cup peanuts or soy nuts

SAMPLE SNACK ATTACK

What You’ll Need

  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup toasted O’s cereal (like Cheerios®) 
  • 1 cup low-fat popcorn
  • 1 cup mini pretzel sticks or squares
  • ¼ cup sunflower seeds

Let’s Cook!

Mix five ingredients together in a resealable bag or a container.

Serves 4


CREAMY FRUITY SMOOTHIE

What You’ll Need

  • ½ cup diced fruit (strawberries, peaches, bananas, pineapples or mangos) 
  • ½ cup low-fat yogurt
  • ½ cup low-fat milk
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 4 ice cubes

Let’s Cook!

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Serves 1


The book stemmed from a community grant Healthy NewsWorks received from CHOP. Read the full recipe book here.


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