anyone have good snack ideas?

@loved1 (5338)
United States
September 14, 2006 9:53am CST
Does anyone have any good ideas for some simple snacks for children? I do home daycare and need to have snacks twice a day. They need to be relatively healthy and I already do all the usual crackers, granola bars, etc. I am looking for something different than the norm. Any ideas would be appreciated.
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@wsue1023 (1396)
• United States
14 Sep 06
They are a little expensive, but my kids love the orange bell peppers, they are sweet and fun to eat. We cut them in slices and my daughter sometime dips hers in dressing. Son eats them plain. We also eat grapes and cheese as a snack. That makes a nice display on a tray and again is something colorful to eat. Other times we do brocoli, cherry tomatoes, and carrot sticks... another colorful snack. I'm blessed to have kids that love veggies and fruits, so that helps a lot. We make fruit salads and smoothies quite a lot too. ; )
• United States
14 Sep 06
try not to give them to much sugar. i love the capri-sun waters. My daughter doesn't know it's water. I also did home day care. The parents brought most of the snacks. The gold fish are a favorite. peanut butter crakers in the package. I also just cut up some cheese and turkey in squares and place them on trays. They love to make their own tiny sandwichs.Jello pudding snacks on the stick. I also used the sugur free ice pops on warmer days. I watch a nother girl now she is into a lot os sweets. Not good at all
• United States
14 Sep 06
I tutor at a center for homeless youngsters in downtown Los Angeles and we provide snacks. We have things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit snacks. If they are at the age where they can be taught little cooking activities you can probably have them make a Chinese chicken salad or mini pizzas using English muffins. We did these during our summer program.
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• United States
16 Feb 07
A great snack that most kids will like is "Ants on a Log". The only part that takes a little time to get ready is washing the celery and cutting it into 3-4" logs. The kids have a great time making them. Turn you celery with the opening face down. Spread peanut butter on the back and stick on the ants.(Raisins) You will always have at least one out of the qroup that wants their ants in the log. That is your real ant-eater
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
16 Feb 07
I have never heard of putting peanut butter on the back of the celery. I always fill the indentation and set the raisins on top. All the kids at my house pick off the raisins, lick out the peanut butter and leave the celery for me to throw away. I might as well give them a jar of Skippy and a spoon. lol Welcome to mylot by the way!
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@blueskies (1186)
• United States
5 Feb 07
When I did home daycare, I loved to make snack trays for the kids to nibble on. Each child would get a "tray". Take a paper plate, place on it a blob of peanut butter and a small dish of ranch dressing. Then, add carrot and celery sticks, pepper rings, and broccoli and cauliflower "trees". Cherry tomatoes, grapes, and apples are also super for this. The kids can choose which dip they want to dip their foods into. Another huge hit was melon balls. You can pick up a melon baller at the store very inexpensively. If you are concerned about choking, cut the melon into larger squares instead of using the baller. I would mix up watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe for a nice color blend.
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
5 Feb 07
These are great ideas! Did you have any problems with some children refusing to eat one kind of melon because it was mixed with another kind? I have one that loves cantaloupe but hates watermelon. I know she would refuse to eat one bite of fruit if it might have touched a piece of watermelon. Two year olds are so picky! I could do this and just seperate them on a tray for them to choose from.
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• United States
23 Jan 07
broccoli, carrots, celery, peppers with ranch dip Pita wedges warmed up with hummus/tobbuli/bab ganush (sp) salomi rolled with chream cheese fruit with fruit dip apples with carmel dip trail mix string cheese speghetti squash cooked with a little cinnamon and brown sugar yogurt with granola or fruit asperagus spears blanched with a dash of lemon juice and garlic soy chips "milk shakes" made with fruit, yogurt, protein powder deviled eggs hard boiled eggs
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@loved1 (5338)
• United States
2 Feb 07
wow great Ideas! Thanks for your imput. I would have never thought of devilled eggs.
@chalmette69 (3011)
• United States
20 Sep 06
I make homemade trail mix for my kids and they love it. You can add anything really and bake it in the oven. Like the chex ceral, pretzels, peanuts, stuff like that. It is really good.
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@Transformed (1262)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Rice cakes with peanut butter and jelly. Just spread a pinch of both on both sides. Also, cheerios and unsalted potato chips work well.
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
18 Feb 07
I never thought about putting peanut butter and jelly on rice cakes. I think they taste like styrofoam when they are plain. lol I will have to give that a try.
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Baked Fruit Crisps - I just found out today about these Fruit Crisps. They have several flavors of this and these snacks are pretty healthy and they taste really good.
I was helping my mom with grocery shopping today and we came upon these baked fruit crisps snacks in the store. They have several flavors of these available and have already tried it and it is really good and pretty healthy. I bought the wild berry flavor fruit crisps and liked it very much. I did not know about these til today. Here is a picture of it that I took.
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
18 Feb 07
Those sound like a yummy and healthy snack. Where did you purchase them?
• United States
3 Feb 07
Graveyard Crunch Recipe Rating: Prep Time: 5 min Total Time: 35 min Makes: 18 servings, 1/2 cup each 1/4 cup maple-flavored or pancake syrup 2 Tbsp. butter or margarine 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon 4 cups POST Cocoa, Fruity or CINNA-CRUNCH PEBBLES Cereal 1 cup PLANTERS Dry Roasted Peanuts 2 cups JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows 1 cup candy corn 1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces PREHEAT oven to 300°F. Place syrup, butter and cinnamon in large microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 1 min.; stir until butter is completely melted. Add cereal and peanuts; mix lightly. Spread into lightly greased 15x10x1-inch baking pan. BAKE 30 min., stirring after 15 min. Cool completely. Break into pieces; place in large bowl. ADD marshmallows and candies; mix lightly. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature. KITCHENS TIPS Substitute Substitute 1 pkg. (7 oz.) chocolate-covered raisins (about 1 cup) for the candy corn. This is very nice kid friendly recipe. I've used this one and others that I have gathered from this site: http://www.kraftfoods.com/main.aspx?s=recipe&m=recipe/knet_recipe_grid&u1=bytype&u2=12*152 They also have a mailing list and you can receive a free cookbook 3 - 4 times a year.
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
5 Feb 07
That sounds really yummy! Thanks for the information!
@Idlewild (6105)
• United States
2 Feb 07
You can get those mozzarella string cheese sticks, they're nutritious and tasty and they come individually wrapped.
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
5 Feb 07
The kids love string cheese. I buy huge packages of these!
• United States
26 Jan 07
My son is a huge snacker so I will share his favorite. We cut up some smoked sausage,ham,chunked cheese,melon etc and stab them with little pretzle sticks. He loves it!
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
2 Feb 07
These are great ideas. Thanks for your advice.
@toonatoons (3740)
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
i was doing a little research this afternoon to respond to a poster's discussion, and one thing i learned, and i was surprised at this, were the health benefits of eating hot and fresh popcorn. popcorn contains minerals and vitamins, and unlike candies and softdrinks, it doesn't harm your teeth so much that would necessitate immediate brushing. so, for me, a good snack idea would be a bag of fresh and hot popcorns.
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
2 Feb 07
I think popcorn is a great snack too. Unfortunately the federal food program will not reimburse me for serving this food. I still give them popcorn sometimes anyway!
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
i prepare cheesesticks..
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
5 Feb 07
Do you mean just sliced cheese or the kind that is breadded?
@paule4129 (968)
• United States
30 Nov 06
cookies easy to make and good to get the kids involved makin them or rice crispy bars takes 5 minutes just melt marshmallos,mix in rice crispy and chips or whatever spread in a pan hit the fridge and thats it no pain lol
@astromama (1226)
• United States
26 Jan 07
i make a healthy type of rice-crispy... instead of rice crispies, I use a whole grain cereal with flax seeds, add some dried blueberries or cranberries, mix in the marshmallow and yum... it's still a little sugar, but considering they're getting whole grains, fruits, and essential fatty acids I think it's well worth it... and tasty! Or, for a less healthy treat, substitute fruity O cereal... it's colorful, kids love it.
@pisshole (493)
• New Zealand
25 Sep 06
Deep fried chocolate bars. No more than six in one sitting however.
@loved1 (5338)
• United States
28 Nov 06
OK sure. Then after that you are going to come run the daycare right? I am sure they will be plenty excited.
@toonatoons (3740)
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
i was doing a little research this afternoon to respond to a poster's discussion, and one of the things i came across with were the health benefits of fresh and hot popcorn. fresh and hot popcorn contains minerals and vitamins, and unlike candies and softdrinks, it doesn't harm the teeth so much so that it would require immediate toothbrushing. so i guess, if you're looking for a healthy snack to nibble on, have a bag of popcorns and keep popping!
@annsweets (2046)
• United States
27 Nov 06
anyone have good snack ideas - snacks
fruits, yogurt, peanut butter and jelly sandwich
@AndreaM76 (1164)
• United States
22 Sep 06
Honey!! you can put it with lots of things, it's sweet and healty.