Mom and Kid-Friendly Snacks Under 250 Calories
As a working mom who struggles with her weight and yet has little time to prepare food or perfect my anemic kitchen skills, I was thrilled to find this collection of 10 snacks under 250 calories. I am a Food Network junkie and was just surfing the site when I came across this. I didn’t have high hopes, because after all, anyone can propose kale chips or celery sticks as a healthy snack. But I found these to be creative and diverse, most seemed to be kid-friendly snacks, all seemed mom-friendly (at least to me), and many fell well under the the 250 calorie cap. I am most intrigued by the Asian Avocado Masher and the Sweet Potato with Salsa Verde, but I can’t think of one that I wouldn’t try.
Most of the snacks on the list aren’t terribly portable so I’m also sharing my own list of children’s snacks I often send to school with my daughter. It’s not an earth-shattering list because I try to keep school snacks simple and healthy with no more than 15 seconds of prep time required on my part.
Healthy Kid-friendly Snacks for School
- Whole piece of fruit: apple, nectarine, banana, peach, etc. I do this every day until she starts complaining.
- Cheerios (or whatever healthful cereal your child likes) with a few craisins or raisins (and a few chocolate chips once in a blue moon).
- Carrots and hummus – or when I’m SUPER lazy, I’ll send in the pre-packaged pretzels and hummus.
- NutriGrain Bars, Cascadian Farms granola bars or Fiber One Kids chocolate chip granola bars (these are all peanut-safe).
- Pirate’s Booty, Veggie Booty, Vegetable Puffs or Skinny Pop.
- Mini bagel with cream cheese.
- Go Go Squeeze applesauce pouches.
- Yogurt tubes, smoothies and cheese sticks tend to be on our breakfast table, so I don’t use them as snacks, but they are great options too.
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