Whether your kids are in daycare, preschool or elementary school, most will come home at the end of the day hungry and thirsty. Late afternoon snacks can tide them over until dinner and provide the nutrients and energy needed to support their growth. In this issue, we are sharing a few of our favorite healthy go-to snacks for kids that are yummy, quick, and easy.

  1. Banana Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. No one will know these cookies don’t have any added sugar! Instead, they have banana and whole grain oats which pack lots of flavor and nutrition. We recommend serving these cookies with a cold glass of fat-free or low-fat milk.
  2. Apple sandwiches. Fall is a great time to enjoy apples. And you can make this recipe a variety of ways. Try different nut butters such as peanut, almond or sunflower seed butter and different dried fruit such as cherries or blueberries. Another way to enjoy apples is our Apple Spice drink recipe. It’s one of our most popular recipes that is easy to make and delicious.
  3. Bugs on a log. This is a twist on the classic “ants on a log”. Kids (and parents) can create their own combinations of ingredients for a fun snack activity. Be creative with your “logs”, “spread” and “bugs”. Experiment with different fruits, spreads and toppings. Let kids make their own. This snack tastes great with a cold glass of refreshing water.

Let us know which snack was your kids’ favorite by commenting on this post through Facebook. More healthy snack recipes can be found at MyPlate Kitchen. MyPlate has tasty, quick and low-cost recipes that can spice up your kitchen this fall.

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