Check out these healthy recipes for kids snacks, including popcorn, nachos, empanadas, chicken wings, fries, pretzels, trail mix, kabobs, elephant ears, pinwheels, flat bread, cheese puffs, fruit snacks, pizza pockets, apple dip and more.
For fun appetizers that tide over even the hungriest of guests, try these mini sandwiches. My youngest daughter likes their small size and the tangy sweetness of the pineapple.—Maria Vasseur, Valencia, California
Evelyn Hill of Marion Station, Maryland shares a snack that's sure to encourage kids to eat their vegetables. "This thick, mild-tasting dip is easy to prepare and has always been my favorite," she notes.
These Mexican-style snacks will surely add sparkle to a slumber party spread! To make them, our home economists lined muffin cups with tortilla shells, then filled each with a not-too-spicy beef mixture kids can garnish with cheese, lettuce and other toppings. For tasty dippers besides, you could serve the cutout stars with salsa.
Moms won't lose sleep preparing this savory finger food for a get-together. That's because the CT kitchen staff kept the goodies simple—by cutting "Z" shapes from refrigerated crescent rolls and seasoning them before baking. If you like, provide a bowl of warmed pizza sauce on the side...then watch kids start dipping!
"Children seem to be fascinated by bugs. So during a spring visit, my great-nieces and I had fun making fresh fruit salads that looked like garden insects," says Sherry Masters, Cincinnati, Ohio. Mandy Paige-Wrischnik assembled this lovely ladybug while her sister made a cute caterpillar.
With Sherry's guidance, Kendra Paige-Wrischnik, now 11, transformed banana and pear slices into this creepy crawler. "The girls' brother, Joey, was too young to help prepare the salads, but he sure enjoyed eating them," Sherry adds.
Since receiving this recipe through 4-H, it's been a regular after-school snack. These bite-size pizza treats, made with refrigerated crescent rolls, are especially good served with spaghetti sauce for dipping. —Donna Klettke, Wheatland, Missouri
Your guests are in for a sweet surprise when they try this unusual cheese ball…it tastes just like cookie dough! Rolled in chopped pecans, the chip-studded spread is wonderful on regular or chocolate graham crackers. I especially like it because it can be assembled in a wink. —Kelly Glascock, Syracuse, Missouri