Dietitian-Approved Snacks for Kids

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Back-to-school season is here! Instead of reaching for cookies or chips as an afterschool snack, fuel your hungry students with options that will earn you an A+. Below are four recipes created by registered dietitians that won’t add too much homework to your afternoon. And you’ll earn bonus points with even the pickiest snackers!

Banana Sushi

Recipe by Karman Meyer, RDN, with The Nutrition Adventure

Kids will love helping create this easy recipe after school. Have ingredients pre-chopped and ready to use so they can get creative with their Banana Sushi!

Ingredients:

  • 2 lg. Ripe bananas
  • 2–3 Tbsp. Sprouts Cashew Butter
  • 4–5 Strawberries, stem removed and sliced thin
  • 2 Tbsp. Pistachios, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Unsalted sunflower seed kernels
  • 1 tsp. Chia seeds
  • Greek yogurt for dipping (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Peel the bananas and place on a cutting board or plate.
  2.  Spread the nut butter evenly across the top of both bananas.
  3.  Place strawberry slices on top of peanut butter, slightly overlapping them.
  4.  Sprinkle the pistachios, sunflower seed kernels and chia seeds over each banana.
  5.  Using a sharp knife, cut the bananas into 1-inch thick slices.
  6. Serve with flavored Greek yogurt as a dipping sauce if desired.
Banana Sushi

Chocolate Date Bites

Chocolate Date Energy Bites

Recipe by Dixya Bhattarai, RD, with Food, Pleasure and Health

Chocolate Date Bites are an indulgent, yet healthy snack that requires a bowl and only 10 minutes of your time. They provide a great source of potassium, magnesium, iron and fiber for your hungry tykes.

Ingredients:

  • 20 Dates, pitted
  • 1 cup Old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup Almond meal
  • 1/4 + 2 Tbsp. Sprouts Cocoa Powder, plus more for rolling
  • Splash of Sprouts Vanilla Extract
  • 1–2 Tbsp. Water or milk, if needed to reach the right consistency
  • 1 pinch Salt

Instructions:

  1. Soften dates if they are hard by soaking them in hot water or microwaving them with little water for 2–3 minutes.
  2. Pour all ingredients in a food processor and pulse everything until dates are incorporated in the mix. Add water or milk if needed.
  3. Form the mixture into balls packing them tightly.
  4. Roll them in cocoa powder and arrange them neatly in mini-muffin liners.
  5. Store them in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat!

Super-Duper Fruity Pizza

Recipe by Andrea Mathis, RD, with Beautiful Eats and Things

This Super-Duper Fruity Pizza is bursting with delicious, wholesome goodness! The vanilla Greek yogurt and fruit toppings make it hearty enough for the toughest snacker by providing a great source of protein, fiber, potassium and antioxidants!

Ingredients:

  • 6 Multigrain Oroweat Sandwich Thins, tops only
  • 2 Tbsp. Sprouts Butter, melted
  • 1 Tbsp. Sprouts Cinnamon
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. Sugar
  • 6 Tbsp. Vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 4 Kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup Strawberries, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Blueberries

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, cinnamon and sugar.
  3. Spread evenly over each sandwich thin top.
  4. Bake for about 5 minutes then set aside to cool.
  5. When tops are cool, top each one with 1 tablespoon of vanilla Greek yogurt.
  6. Use strawberries, kiwi and blueberries to create a fun design.
  7. Serve and enjoy!
Super Duper Fruity Pizza

Guacamame

Guacamame

Recipe by Jessica Spiro, RD, with JessicaSpiroRD.com

Edamame guacamole is a delicious snack that packs lots of plant-based protein! Easy to make, it can be served with sliced veggies or Sprouts Tortilla Chips!

Ingredients:

  • 2 sm. Avocados
  • 1/2 cup Frozen Sprouts Shelled Edamame
  • 1/4 cup Red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 Lime, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp. Sprouts Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt

Instructions:

  1. Prepare 3/4 cup shelled edamame according to package directions.
  2. Blend edamame in food processor.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the processed edamame with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Serve with veggies or Sprouts chips!