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After School Snack Attack

Make it easy for your child to make smart snack choices. Try packing these snacks in lunchboxes, and keep a few available for after school snack attacks.

Work more vegetables into your child’s diet using these simple tricks:

  • Have your child help make the salad and choose the dressings. Kids are more likely to try something they have helped to make.
  • Make “veggie animals” for young children. Kids love fun food.
  • Dip raw veggies in peanut butter for a snack.
  • Add a sprinkling of cheese to vegetables to make them more appealing.
  • Purée some veggies into a sauce for pasta or meat.
  • Add chopped carrots and celery to your meatball mixture.
  • Let kids help pick out their vegetables. Bring them along to the farmer’s market, grocery store or your backyard garden. They can bring their own bucket or basket and will be more likely to eat (or at least try!) what they select.
  • Flower pot vegetables are fun. Buy small plastic flower pots, fill them with dip (not dirt!) and do some container gardening: “Plant” carrot sticks, broccoli trees, cucumber flowers, fruits, etc.
  • You’ve heard of potato latkes—why not make vegetable latkes with grated zucchini, summer squash or carrots?
  • Children may be more apt to eat their vegetables if you mash them in with potatoes. Try cooking carrots or sweet potatoes with regular potatoes and mashing as usual. Or add spinach to the potatoes just before draining, then mash it into the potatoes.