Promoting healthy eating habits in children will build the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating choices. While it's tempting to serve prepackaged convenience foods, you want to avoid the unhealthy preservatives, additives and fat in these foods. You can make quick, low-calorie snacks at home using fruits, vegetables, yogurt and cereal grains that satisfy kids and teach them about healthy eating.
Frozen Banana Treat
Spoon 3/4 cup of vanilla-flavored yogurt onto a plate and pour 2 cups of low-sugar cereal into a sealing plastic bag. Seal the bag, lay it flat on the counter and crush the cereal into small pieces with your fist.
Peel 3 or 4 bananas and cut each one in half. Roll each piece of banana in the yogurt until it's coated.
Put the yogurt-coated banana in the bag with the crushed cereal and carefully move it around so that it's coated with cereal.
Place on a cookie sheet and put in the freezer for 2 hours to fully freeze. Wrap the treats in wax paper and store in small, sealing freezer bags.
Wash and cut celery into 3-inch pieces.
Spread creamy peanut butter into the hollow of each celery stick with a dull-edged knife.
Place 4 or 5 raisins on top of the peanut butter.
In a large bowl, mix three cups of whole grain oat cereal with 1 cup of granola, 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts, 1/2 cup of raisins, 1/2 cup of coconut and 1/2 cup of dried cranberries.
Pour 3/4 cup of honey over the ingredients and mix well to coat.
Spread the mixture on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 1 hour at 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir every 15 minutes to keep the trail mix from scorching.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving or storing.
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A native Texan, Cynthia Measom has five years of experience teaching the writing process to public school students in grades three to 12. Measom received her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 1997. She is a certified teacher in early childhood through 12th grade. She has written resumes and bios for private clients since 2000.