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Sandwich together a few gluten-free crackers with peanut butter and gluten-free pretzels. Add raisin eyes and you have a spooky snack sure to please. This is also a fun way to teach portion sizes to your little ones, as they will not be tempted to eat beyond the critter snack in front of them.
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FRUIT FLYING SAUCERS
Crackers are OK for kids – in moderation. For a digestion-friendly option, use gluten-free crackers and spread on some cream cheese, then top with fruit or veggies. It's such a simple and tasty concept. Plus, once you give it a cool name, kids seem to like ‘em that much more!
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BAKED APPLE VOLCANOES
Apples and berries go great together. Plus, they're both full of fiber and vitamins. You can core and bake your apples or slice and bake them. A quick 15 minutes in the oven at a preheated 350 degrees will produce a perfect baked apple, which brings out the fruit's natural sugars. Next, mix in some fresh berries and beet juice "lava" for added fun. Add a sprinkle of sea salt to bring out the sweetness.
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DEVILED EGG BOATS
Talk about yummy and easy! Follow your fave deviled egg recipe (we add Greek yogurt to ours), then stick a cheese triangle on each toothpick and place in the center of each egg "boat." Our kids LOVE making these.
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Your kids will love using grapes and toothpicks to create these tasty treats. Just add yogurt or cream cheese with a sliver of olive or raisin to make the eyes. Even cooler? Take an apple and attach grapes to look like a worm is coming out.
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PEANUT BUTTER POWER BRICKS
What you need: 2 cups natural creamy peanut butter, 1 cup honey, 2 cups chocolate protein powder, 3 cups rolled oats. In a large mixing bowl, microwave honey and peanut butter for 1 minute, until liquid. Stir until blended, then mix in the protein powder and oats until coated. Spread in a 9-by-9-inch pan and place in the refrigerator; cut into "bricks" and serve chilled. This snack is a big hit in our family (OK, OK, I eat most of them).
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FRUIT & VEGGIE SMILES
Making fruit and veggies fun for kids increases their chances of eating them. And a great way is to let them take part in the creative process. My kids like making smiley faces with broccoli, kiwi, oranges and strawberries, but you can use anything you (or your tots!) like.
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ANTS ON A LOG
This is an oldie but goody. Spread peanut butter down the middle of celery stalks and line with raisins. Not only is the celery a fibrous foundation, but the peanut butter also packs a protein punch. It's also chock-full of healthy fats, and the raisins add natural sweetness. For a twist, use Nutella and golden raisins.
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"Healthy snacks for kids don't have to be challenging or a lot work," says the Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition trainer, here with wife Heidi and three kids (son Matix, 7, daughter Marley, 5, and son Cash, 1). "With a little imagination and a lot of giggles, you and your kids can make fun and nutritional snacks every day."
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