If you’re looking for an easy, nutritious snack that will get your kids involved, this is a good one. It’s cinnamon graham crackers, Greek yogurt, fresh or frozen blueberries and a little sweetener. That’s it! I’ll whip one of these up myself when I need a quick pick-me-up or after a hard workout. But in general, moms and dads don’t need a lot of snacks.
Kids need snacks! Their tummies are small; they’re still growing and developing so nutritional needs are higher. Kids should push protein, calcium, vitamin D for bone growth and protein, niacin, zinc, copper for muscle growth and carbohydrates, B vitamins, magnesium, calcium and iron for energy needs. That’s a lot of vitamins and minerals not to mention all the rest needed for proper brain development, immunity and digestion.
Aim for a snack every two to three hours. This is difficult for school-age kids who don’t get snack breaks. With hearty main meals, snacks become even more important. You can’t just let them eat cookies after school. Go for a protein choice like cheese, yogurt, leftover meat, nut butter or beans and combine with a fruit/vegetable and a high fiber carbohydrate choice like whole grain crackers, pasta or popcorn.
- Mock Blueberry Cheesecake Cups
- 8 squares cinnamon graham crackers
- 2 cups Greek yogurt like coconut, vanilla or blueberry (I use Chobani Greek yogurt)
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, thawed
- 2 Tbsp agave nectar
- Crumble 2 graham cracker squares into each of 4 dessert cups. Top each with ½ cup Greek yogurt.
- Combine blueberries and agave nectar. Stir to blend. Spoon ¼ cup sweetened blueberries over yogurt and serve.
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