5 Kid-Friendly Snacks That Make Mom Happy, Too

tomato olive and mozzarella skewers

As the mom of the pickiest eater on the planet (seriously, if not-eating were an Olympic sport, he’d win gold in the all-around), I capitalize on snacks. Since my son doesn’t eat much at mealtime, his munchies pack as many nutrients as possible. Sometimes it’s as simple as an apple with a small pile of shredded cheese, whole-grain crackers with peanut butter, or even dry cereal (most cereals are fortified with vitamins and minerals, and I make sure they’re whole-grain and relatively low in sugar). But when I have the time, I like to actually make something. Something super-simple, colorful, and fun to eat, like these five nibbles:


Watermelon Pops: Frozen watermelon makes one of the most refreshing—and dead-simple—summertime snacks you can imagine. Cut watermelon into slices, then use a large round cookie cutter to cut flat disks. Slide a wooden ice-pop stick into each, then lay flat on wax or parchment paper and freeze until solid.

Chocolaty Crunch Yogurt Parfaits: Never discount eye-appeal when it comes to getting everyone to eat together. These layered parfaits look like an extravagant treat—only you need know they’re packed with better-for-you ingredients. Spoon a tablespoon or two of vanilla Greek yogurt into a clear glass, then top with a layer of crushed whole grain chocolate cereal, like Chocolate Chex, and a few fresh raspberries or sliced strawberries. Repeat those layers, and finish with a third layer of yogurt. Top the whole thing with a few pieces of uncrushed cereal, a couple raspberries or sliced strawberries, and a drizzle of chocolate syrup.

PB Waffle Tacos: Fun to nosh and endlessly customizable, a pliable toasted waffle makes a perfect faux taco shell. Lightly toast a frozen waffle, then spread with a thin layer of peanut, almond, or sunflower butter. Fold and sprinkle in raisins or other dried fruit, shredded coconut, sliced banana or strawberry, or anything else your kid can think of.

Quickie Salsamole: Authentic this ain’t, but the kids will be dipping away in less than five minutes. Just smash a ripe avocado with a fork and stir in 1/2 cup fresh salsa and a squeeze of lime juice. Serve with baked tortilla chips, baby carrots, and celery sticks. (If you have 15 minutes, bake your own tortilla chips: Lightly coat 5 corn tortillas with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Stack and cut into 6 wedges. Spread in a single layer on a baking sheet, and bake at 350°F for 10-15 minutes, until browned and crisp.)

Snackabobs: Food on a stick = guaranteed hit. This one requires absolutely no cooking or preparation other than, y’know, putting the food onto the sticks. Skewer chunks of cheese or mozzarella balls, folded slices of turkey or salami, cherry tomatoes, and olives.

What are your favorite quick homemade snacks?

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