Baked Sweet Potato Fries – Healthier than regular potato French fries, these baked nibblers make a tasty appetizer without being deep fried in oil. Slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise into wedges, toss them in oil, chili powder and kosher salt. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes. You’ve got a quick, healthy fix!
Cucumber Boats with Spiced Yogurt – This appetizer is as fun to make as it is for kids to eat. Halve a cucumber lengthwise to build the boat. Scoop out the seeds with a melon baller. Mix plain yogurt, a dash of salt and cumin in a bowl and fill the boats. Stick in a decorated toothpick and a triangle of cucumber slices to build the sails. Presto!
Little Dippers – Your little ones will appreciate these little dippers. Cut an apple into bite-sized wedges. Stick in a toothpick, dip in nut butter and roll in peanuts. That’s it! You’ve got a healthy snack that you can whip up in a jiffy.
Ham Rollers – Get a bite of protein with these sliced apples, wrapped in nitrate-free ham and cheddar cheese. Easy as 1-2-3!
Turkey Pinwheels – Roll sliced nitrate-free turkey, cucumbers and tomatoes in gluten-free tortillas. Spread a layer of cream cheese and pepper to taste on each tortilla prior to rolling. Refrigerate and slice into pieces.
Apple Nachos – In lieu of traditional nachos, here is a heart-healthy alternative, which is just as delicious if not more so: Drizzle a mix of honey and peanut-butter over sliced apples. Top with protein-packed unsalted almonds, sunflower seeds and raisins.
In the event your kids are looking to quench their thirst in the healthiest way, we’ve gathered smoothie recipes delivering protein, dairy and fruit that you can whip up in minutes:
Mango-strawberry Smoothie – Combine orange juice, tofu, strawberries and mangos in a blender for a smooth, cold treat.
Fresh Peach Smoothie – Combine pitted peaches (you can also use frozen), Greek yogurt, water and ice in a blender until smooth. Serve cold for a refreshing beverage!
Pre-game time, half time or post game—these foods are right for anytime your kids need a quick and healthy pick me up!