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Super Healthy and Kid Friendly Snacks

May 10th 2015 at 10:03 AM

Parents usually have a hard time encouraging their kids to eat snacks that are full of greens. Kids know that greens don’t taste very yummy.

But there are fun kids snacks that will delight them and boost their health at the same time. The special fun snack ideas included in this article will surely satisfy even the choosiest of eaters.

1. Apple-Peel Twigs
Ingredients: 12 pieces of organic apples, ½ teaspoon cinnamon, and 1/4 cup sugar.

•   Toss peels from apples with cinnamon and sugar. Sprinkling peels with a few drops of water will help the substances stick together.
•   Spread in a single layer on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake in a preheated 250 °F oven until peels are curled and crisp. This will take about 2 hours 30 minutes. Rotate peels halfway through.
•   Allow to cool before serving.

2. Veggie-tasty Samosas
Ingredients: 2 cups finely diced sweet potato, ¼ cup frozen peas, 2 medium sized carrots, lemon juice, vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon garam masala, some Nigella seeds and 4 phyllo pastry sheets.

•   Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
•   Use a skillet and dry-fry the vegetables for 
5 minutes over medium heat until slightly softened.
•   Season with the garam masala, 
and add some lemon juice.
•   Spray two sheets of the phyllo pastry with oil and then sandwich them together.
•   Cut the sandwiched sheets into three strips.
•   Blob a spoonful of the vegetable filling at 
the bottom corner of each strip of pastry.
•   Fold the strips one after the other to create three perfectly formed samosas.
•   Repeat the process for the rest of the phyllo sheets.
•   Spray each samosa with a more oil and sprinkle with nigella seeds.
•   Put the samosas on a baking sheet and cook in the oven until lightly browned. This will take around 15–20 minutes. Serve warm or cold.

3. Pizza Crackers
Ingredients: 8 square whole-wheat crackers, 1 tablespoon thawed frozen chopped broccoli, 3 tablespoon shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, and 3 tablespoon jarred marinara.

•   Preheat oven toaster or broiler.
•   Put 8 square whole-wheat crackers on a broiler proof (or toaster-oven) baking sheet.
•   Divide evenly, top crackers with 3 tablespoons shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese and 3 tablespoons jarred marinara sauce.
•   Put 1 tablespoon thawed frozen chopped broccoli on the top half of the crackers.
•   Broil until cheese has melted. This will take about 2 to 3 minutes.

4. Other Kid-friendly snack recipes
Here are some additional quick kid snacks:
•   Coconut Cashew Butter Bonbons - mix rice cereal and cashew butter together for a crisp yet creamy sweet treat.
•   Strawberries and Cream Tea Sandwich - these sweet little sandwiches pair fresh strawberries with cream cheese and honey.
•   Eda-Mommy Dip - Skip the guacamole in favor of this protein-rich dip, made with edamame and avocado.

Admittedly, some of these recipes are not quick snack ideas but they will surely boost your kid’s health.

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