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Super-Easy Snacks for Kids

By EatingWell Editors

Perfect for lunch-boxes, afterschool or weekend family outings, these healthy snacks are ready in 5-10 minutes tops!

Cheesy Popcorn
Toss hot popcorn with grated Parmesan, 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
What you get: Calcium, fiber, few calories.

“Cocoa-Nut” Bananas
Right after slicing on the bias, roll bananas in cocoa, shake off the excess, then dip in toasted unsweetened coconut.
What you get: Potassium, vitamin C. salt. What you get: Isoflavones, magnesium.

Edamame Nibbles
Cook frozen edamame (in pods) according to package directions. Sprinkle with coarse salt.
What you get: Isoflavones, magnesium.

Gorp
Combine equal amounts of whole unpeeled almonds, unsalted dry-roasted peanuts, dried cranberries and chopped pitted dates. Toss in a handful of chocolate chips for a treat.
What you get: Potassium, magnesium, fiber, vitamins E and C.

Mini Rice-Cake Stack
Sandwich natural peanut butter and a slice of banana between two mini apple-cinnamon rice cakes.
What you get: Protein, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium.

No-Bake Cookies
Combine 2 finely ground whole-wheat graham cracker squares with 1 tablespoon raisins, 1 tablespoon smooth natural peanut butter and 2 teaspoons honey in a small bowl. Pat into 2 cookies and press lightly in unsweetened coconut.
What you get: Fiber, protein, potassium.

Quick Kebabs
Thread cubes of roasted deli turkey, Cheddar cheese, grapes and dried apricots onto a wooden skewer.
What you get: Protein, fiber, calcium, potassium.

Sesame Carrots
Toss 2 cups of baby carrots with 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds and a pinch each of dried thyme and kosher salt.
What you get: Beta carotene, potassium, fiber.

Spicy Energy Mix
Combine dates, dried mango, pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and prepared spice rub.
What you get: Vitamin C, iron, magnesium, potassium, protein, fiber.

Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate
Dip seasonal fruit in high-quality dark chocolate you have melted over barely simmering water or in the microwave.
What you get: Flavonols, antioxidants, fiber, vitamin C.

Turkey Rollups
Spread slices of deli turkey breast with honey mustard or mango chutney and season with freshly ground pepper. Wrap turkey around breadsticks. For a snappy touch, tie with a blanched chive.
What you get: Protein, selenium, niacin, vitamins B6 and B12.



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