Healthy Snacks for Kids

FreshfruitsandveggiesJunior High Students toured a local Organic Farm this week and treated to a bountiful harvest of healthy, fresh fruit and vegetable snacks.  Everything was locally produced.

The healthy snack assortments of colorful produce inspired me to share a few simple ideas and recipes you can serve to your children.  Prepare an assortment of contrasting colored and crunchy veggies from the following suggestions:

carrots. celery sticks, cauliflower, jicama, broccoli,  cherry tomatoes, radish,  red pepper slices, green onions,  green pepper slices,  kohlrabi.

Serve with Easy Dill Dip or Hummus.  Recipes follow:

Easy Dill Dip
This dip works well with all veggies and can be made in a minute.

1 cup sour cream
1-2 tsp. dried dill weed
1 tsp. dried parsley
1/8 tsp. salt or to taste
1 tbsp. dried onion powder or dry minced onion

Mix together. Chill to blend flavors. Double, triple, quadruple as needed.

Hummus for Veggie Dip
Hummus is traditionally a creamy puree of seasoned chickpeas.
An easy healthy snack for children.

2 cloves roasted garlic (for best flavor) or raw—roughly chopped
1⁄4 cup lemon juice
1⁄4 cup drained bean liquid to make it creamy (optional)
14 oz. (400g) canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans)—rinsed
and reserve drained liquid
1/2 tsp. cumin or to taste

2 tbsp. olive oil

1/2 – 1 tsp. Real Salt

Place all ingredients in a food processor or blender and process until smooth, scraping the sides occasionally. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve with a variety of vegetables as suggested above.
Spicier hummus: add a small red chili (chopped) or a pinch of cayenne pepper.

Fruit in Season

  • Other seasonal healthy snack suggestions would be cut up nectarines, peaches, apples, pears, or grapes.  Great color and natural fruit sugar.  YUMMY!  Kids can’t resist the great colors of real food.
  • Fruit smoothies made with yogurt or kefir

The above recipes come from Holiday Open House by Marilyn Moll (scroll down)

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17 comments to Healthy Snacks for Kids

  • Would love of a copy of the e-book! I’m already a fan on FB!

  • Rita

    I love the healthy dip recipes and the colorful produce!

  • Susan

    Great recipes – can’t wait to try them!

  • Carrie

    I would definately love a copy as well! I became a Facebook fan a few weeks ago too. =) Thanks for offering this to us!

  • I look forward to trying the dill dip. It sounds good!

  • Tami

    Love the sound of the Dill DIp and Hummus will try both, Love new recipes especially recipes for healthy snacks.. Thanks for sharing. I am already a FB fan.

  • Teresa

    Thanks for the great ideas for great snacks for not just kids.

  • Shauna

    I so appreciate all of the wonderful recipes and information you provide us. I also appreciate the simplicity with which you present it. You are a blessing to ma as I tend to be a bit domestically challenged, and I so want to feed my family well. Thank you for all you do! I am already connected with you on facebook. Thank you!

  • Tracie

    I really like your hummus recipe, only 2 tblsp oil, some have 1/4 cup or more. thanks for sharing

  • Hello,
    I’d love a copy of the Holiday e-book. I just purchased the three pack of e-books earlier this week, and am greatly enjoying them. I’m working on my 2nd batch of Marilyn’s Famous Whole Wheat Bread. The Fast and Healthy Meals, and Breakfasts for Busy Moms is an unexpected bonus to me. I didn’t realize that I would like them as well as the bread book, but I do. With 2 teenagers always on the go, and a deployed husband I need all the help I can get so that I don’t start cheating with not so healthy meals.
    I will go and “like” on Facebook now. I didn’t know that there was one to follow. Thanks so much for everything.

  • Tina Neese

    would love a copy and I am a fan on facebook

  • Betty

    Hi Marilyn,

    I can’t believe I’ve missed so much on your FB page. Finally fanned you today and added you to my page favorites. I would love this ebook. I may be an adult, but I love to eat healthy, too :)


  • Pat~Momof2inMO

    Been looking for a Hummus recipe – can’t wait to try it :)

  • Hi,
    I am trying to find the link for Holiday Open House to download it and I can’t seem to find it. Can you help me please?
    thank you!

  • TJ

    am excited to try the easy dill dip!

  • Would enjoy a copy of the Holiday open house ebook…I also am already a fan on facebook!!!

  • Anita

    i would like to download the holiday open open e-book.

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