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Healthy snacks for kids courtesy of Yvelette Stines

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By Yvelette Stines

September is a wonderful time. People are going back-to-school, new schedules and new beginnings are on the horizon. This is a great way to incorporate a new regimen such as healthy snacks.

The following recipes are easy and fun to make. They will engage kids while encouraging them to choose healthy foods. Kids love fun and interactive actives while parents and guardians love the structure.

The following recipes will help both children and parents in the kitchen. Along with healthy eating, parents can incorporate skills like following instructions, counting, fractions, patterns and colors. The treats are fun and it is wonderful for kids to show ownership of what they created.

Green Pepper Octopus in Hummus
2 Green Peppers
1 Package of Hummus
2 Black olives

Spread the hummus on the plate
Slice the top of the pepper off for the body.
Clean out the middle of the pepper
Turn it upside down in the middle of the hummus
Use the other pepper to cut for the legs
Put four slices of pepper on each side
Dab the olive in the hummus and place on the pepper to use for the eyes.

Strawberry Banana Snake
2 Bananas
1 Carton of Strawberries
2 raisins

Cut the top off 1 strawberry slice at the end for the mouth
Place the raisins inside the slice for the fangs
Cut the banana in ¼ size
Cut the strawberries in ¼ size
Place the head on the plate
Start creating a pattern of strawberries and bananas

Green Apple Frogs
1 Green Apples
4 raisins
Green Grapes
Peanut butter or Cottage Cheese

Cut the apple slices in fours
Take two apples and use peanut butter or cottage cheese to hold them together
Place grapes around the apples
Dab the raisins in peanut butter to stick on top for the eyes

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