Summer Snack Series: Veggie Variations

Inspiring your little one to eat vegetables can be a challenging task and at times, may even feel impossible. Don’t you just wish they’d jump for joy when you place a bowl of peas at the dinner table!? So how can you make veggies more appealing so your kiddos not only eat them but LIKE them and maybe, just maybe…ask for seconds?

It’s always best to think of snacks as “mini’meals” which means they should always include a carbohydrate, a protein and remain around 200 calories or less. A good rule of thumb is to compile a snack with less than 15 grams of carbohydrate and less than 5 grams of fat per serving. By using veggies at snack time, you’ll be certain to get the recommended 2-3 cups of veggies in your child’s daily diet!

Below are three super quick and easy veggie snacks that not only meet those nutrition guidelines but taste great too!

Ants on a Log: A fan favorite treat that’s super simple to make and fun to eat! Fill celery sticks with 1 Tablespoon of peanut butter and top with a few raisins.

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Fun veggie bagels: Use 1 mini bagel with cream cheese and incorporate sliced raw veggies such as red or green peppers, cucumber, carrot slices, broccoli etc.–Have fun decorating bagels with veggies for an entertaining & delicious treat!

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Salsa platter: Include raw veggies of your choice and 6 whole grain crackers.  Use 2 Tablespoons of Guacamole – optional.

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