Healthy Sweet Snacks
When your child craves something sweet, you can still make it healthful. Homemade puddings and custards aren’t much harder to make than instant mixes. Try tapioca, rice, and bread puddings liberally seasoned with cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or cardamom.
• Muffins. Cinnamon oatmeal, lemon poppy seed, cardamom apple…Have your child help you make these and serve with a big glass of milk or a fruit smoothie.
• Gingerbread with a dollup of plain or lemon yogurt.
• Strawberries, melon chunks, or grapes with topping. Combine 8 ounces cream cheese, 1 tablespoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Spoon over fruit.
• Popcorn. Instead of dousing it with butter, sprinkle popcorn with cheese powders, nutritional yeast, chili powder, garlic powder, or any other favorite seasoning. Toss with raisins and nuts, too.
• Twice-baked potatoes with chives, parsley, marjoram, salt and pepper (make these ahead and reheat in the microwave or oven).
• Whole grain pretzels or breadsticks, covered with sesame or poppy seeds.
• Deviled eggs with mustard, paprika, celery seed and parsley.
• Quesadillas. You’ll want to be around to supervise making these, but have your child spread what she likes—cheeses, refried beans, chicken slices, salsa—on a tortilla, then top with another tortilla. Cook for just a few minutes on each side, until cheese melts. Serve with sour cream.
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