Nutty Butterflies: Use a few apple slices, a carrot sticks and a bit of nut butter to create cute, fun-to-munch treats certain to flutter their way right into a kid's tummy. Here's how: Spread nut butter on half of the apple slices. Top each with a second slice. Separate the top of a carrot stick antennas. Set one apple slice set on each side of the carrot body, skin facing in. Carefully cut each apple "wing" in half and arrange for a beautiful nutty butterfly.
Pumpkin faces: Place a slice of cheddar cheese on a whole grain English muffin. Trim to fit. Make a face with olives, pepperoni, pepper (or other vegetable) shapes. Bake until cheese melts.
Cinnamon baked apple: Core an apple and slice 1/2 inch off the top. Add 2 tablespoons chopped nuts and raisins. Press a teaspoon brown sugar into hole and sprinkle with cinnamon. Microwave on low for five to six minutes, or until tender. Pour any escaped juices back on the apple and serve with a dollop of yogurt.
Baby's almost pumpkin pie: Dice pumpkin or butternut squash into bite sized pieces. Dust lightly with cinnamon and bake until tender. Cool and serve.
Turkey snowmen: Trimmed turkey slices for the snowman body, radish slice halves for the hat, raisins for eyes, a tiny carrot bit for the nose, mandarin orange slices for feet, and pretzels for arms. Put them together as a craft and then gobble them up during snack time!
Ants on a Log: Kids can make this healthy snack on their own. Spread crunchy peanut butter on celery stalks and sprinkle with raisins.
Turkey pita snacks: Have you been wondering what to do with all that leftover turkey? Stuff a pita pocket with sliced turkey breast or sliced part-skim milk cheese, tomato, and a squirt of mustard.
Now that you're "armed" with snacks that can make any mouth open up and say, "yum," it's time to venture forth to explore more related articles on creative go-to snacks.
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