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12 Fun (and healthy) play date snacks

Hosting a play date? Skip the chips and soda and serve up these nutritious eats instead.

12 Fun (and healthy) play date snacks

Hosting a play date? Skip the chips and soda and serve up these nutritious eats instead.

1

Apple sandwiches

Apple sandwiches

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Turn an ordinary peanut butter sandwich into something special by using crunchy apple rings in place of bread. Top it off with dried cherries, oats or a few chocolate chips.

2

Fruit juice

Fruit Juice

All that playing makes kids thirsty! Did you know each 8-ounce bottle of Mott's juice contains two servings of fruit?

3

Frozen grapes

Frozen grapes

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Freeze grapes and spear with a skewer for a fun refreshing snack. If your play date includes other parents, make enough to feed the grown-ups too!

4

Mini pizzas

Mini pizzas

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Use flatbread, English muffins or refrigerated biscuit dough and let kids build their own mini pizzas. Include healthy toppings like chopped veggies and low-fat cheese.

5

Apples and string cheese

Apples and string cheese

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Hosting an impromptu play date? Keep the fridge stocked with apples and string cheese for an easy go-to snack.

6

Meat and cheese pinwheels

Meat and cheese pinwheels

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Spread a whole wheat tortilla with cream cheese and layer on slices of your favorite deli meat and cheese. Roll up and slice into bite-size coins for a protein-packed, kid-pleasing snack.

7

Fruit and yogurt parfaits

Fruit and yogurt parfaits

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It may not be ice cream, but this yogurt parfait includes the same creamy and sweet flavors without the fat and sugar (and meltdowns).

8

Hummus with veggies and pita

Hummus with veggies and pita

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Serve a colorful plate of veggie sticks, pita bread and hummus to your wee guests. Include a ramekin of ranch dressing for kids who just aren't feeling the hummus love.

9

Homemade ice pops

Homemade popsicles

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Use ice pop molds to make healthy and delicious homemade ice pops. No molds? Use what you have on hand. Empty yogurt containers or paper cups work just as well.

10

Quesadillas

Quesadillas

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Ooey gooey and crunchy, these cheese quesadillas with apple slices are a healthy snack the kids will be delighted to eat.

11

Ants on a log

Ants on a log

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If peanut allergies aren't an issue, set out a tray of the classic kids' snack Ants on a Log. Need a nut-free snack? Swap sunflower butter for the peanut butter. Top with raisins, dried cherries, chocolate chips or butterscotch chips.

12

Healthy masterpiece

Kids love to eat foods that are visually appealing. Use healthy ingredients, like fruits, veggies and cheese, to create works of art they can munch on.

Quick tip

Set a good example by snacking smart yourself. Start with our favorite nutritious snack swaps.

This post is sponsored by Mott's.

More fun and healthy snack ideas:

Make-ahead snacks for play dates
Snacks kids don't know are healthy
Tips for prepping the lunchbox the night before

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