Healthy, Easy and Tasty Snacks for Kids
Smoothie Pops Makes 16 popsicles

1 peach, peeled and chopped 1 nectarine, peeled and chopped 2 medium bananas, sliced 1 pint strawberries, hulled ¼ cup 100% fruit juice 2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Place (16) 3-oz paper cups on baking tray. Pour smoothie into cups. Place tray in freezer and freeze until slushy, about 20 minutes. Remove tray from freezer and insert one popsicle stick into the center of each cup. Return to freezer and freeze until firm, about 2 hours. To serve, tear away paper cup and enjoy!

~From ProduceForKids.org

Energy Balls Makes 14 small balls

1 small banana ½ cup natural chunky peanut butter ¼ cup toasted wheat germ ¼ cup ground flax seed Finely chopped almonds or shredded coconut, for coating

In a medium bowl, mash together the banana and peanut butter. Stir in the wheat germ and ground flax seed. Roll a tablespoon of the mixture into a ball and then roll in the coating of your choice. Chill until firm.

Hummus Heads Makes 2 servings

2 romaine lettuce leaves, cut into thin strips ½ red pepper, cut into thin strips 8 cherry tomatoes, halved 4 pitted black olives, sliced 1 cucumber, sliced 2 whole wheat English muffins, split in half and toasted ½ cup hummus

Spread English muffins with the hummus, then use the veggies to make funny faces on them – lettuce can be hair, tomatoes or olives can be eyes, cucumbers for ears, and peppers for the mouth – use your imagination and add any vegetables you like!

~From Weight Watchers book Eat! Move! Play!

Smart Bars Makes 32 bars

1 cup quick-cooking oats ½ cup instant nonfat dry milk ½ cup sunflower seeds ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour ½ cup toasted wheat germ 1 tsp cinnamon ½ cup dried apricots 1/3 cup maple syrup ½ cup pecan halves 2 large eggs ½ cup raisins 1 ripe banana, cut into chunks ½ cup dried cranberries 1 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9x13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Combine the oats, sunflower seeds, wheat germ, apricots, pecans, raisins, cranberries, dry milk, flour, and cinnamon in food processor. Pulse until mixture is finely chopped. Add syrup, eggs, banana, and vanilla and pulse until well combined. Transfer to pan and press down. Bake until golden brown and firm, about 20 minutes. Cool and cut into 32 bars. ~From Weight Watchers book Eat! Move! Play!