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If you are a parent who provides snacks for your child's kindergarten class, it can be challenging to think of nutritious, filling snacks that will appeal to a kindergarten-aged child. Oftentimes, the snack and food choices a child eats when young can set the stage for preferences and habits later in life. Use these kindergarten snack ideas to introduce your child and his friends to some healthy snacks that are easy to make and fun to eat.
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Ants on a Log
Small, kindergarten children may assume they do not like celery because it is green and their parents tell them it is good for them. Change their perceptions of celery by adding some fun elements. Celery is low in calories, with one stalk having less than 10 calories. You can prepare the ants on a log the night before and take them to your child's class, or bring the prepared ingredients and let the kids help make their snack. Wash the celery and cut each stalk into 4 inch segments. Fill with either calcium rich fat-free cream cheese or natural peanut butter. Some schools discourage peanut butter due to allergy concerns. Place three or four raisins on each log and serve.
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Cookie Cutter Mini Sandwiches
Whole-wheat bread is high in fiber and an important part of your child's diet. Make a mini cookie cutter sandwich as suggested by the Mayo Clinic for each child in the class using a shaped cookie cutter, thin-sliced whole wheat bread, cheddar cheese and lean ham. Make sandwiches and use the cookie cutter to cut through the layers. Use fun shapes that will appeal to kindergarteners such as animals, geometric shapes or seasonal cookie cutter shapes.
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Fruit is a nutritious, fat-free snack that most kindergarteners enjoy. Prepare fun looking and delicious fruit kabobs as recommended by Kids Health. Use fruits that transport easily if you make the kabobs at home. Thread pineapple chunks, red and green grapes, cut apples and sliced bananas on a wooden skewer. A 1/4 cup of grapes has just 30 calories and is high in vitamin C and other antioxidants. Give each child in the kindergarten class a small cup of calcium-rich strawberry yogurt to dip their fruit in.
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High Energy Muffins
Many times, snack bars made specifically for kids have unhealthy ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup or partially hydrogenated oils. Show the teacher and other parents new kindergarten snack ideas by making these tasty muffins. One recipe makes enough for a large kindergarten class. Mix 2 cups each of flour and regular cooking oats with 2/3 cup brown sugar. Add in some raisins and nuts, if desired. Mix in 1/8 cup of canola oil and 1 1/4 cups plain or vanilla yogurt. Fill 24 muffin cups 1/2 full and bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes. Give each child a muffin, but don't tell them it is healthy.
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Mayo Clinic: Children's snacks: 10 tips for healthier snacking - http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/childrens-health/HQ00419
Kids Health: Fun Fruit Kabobs - http://kidshealth.org/kid/recipes/recipes/fruit_kabobs.html