Mexican food is popular with kids, and there are some really healthy and delicious options! Check out these fun Mexican-inspired after-school snacks that your kids are sure to love.
Top a small whole-wheat flour tortilla with reduced-fat cheddar cheese and microwave for 10 seconds, says registered dietician Danielle Schupp of SmartAndSkinny.com. “This snack is a good source of fiber, protein and calcium,” says Schupp. “Three nutrients children typically do not consume enough of.”
Melt low-fat mozzarella and cheddar cheese on high-fiber tortillas, suggests Rania Batayneh. Cut into triangles and dip into salsa!
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Mini tostadas with guacamole and shrimp
This delicious recipe uses prepared store-bought ingredients for a quick after-school snack. Simply add guacamole to tortillas, top with one prepared shrimp, fold and enjoy!
Chips and salsa yogurt dip
Mix equal parts salsa and yogurt to make a creamy dip that’s mild and kid-friendly, say the folks at Trader Joes Cookbooks. Serve with tortilla chips. Simple!
Cheesy Blue Chips
Tasha L Mayberry makes snacktime easy: Arrange blue chips on a plate, top with salsa, sprinkle with low-fat shredded Mexican-blend cheese and pop in the microwave for 30 seconds. Enjoy immediately!
Almond butter quesadillas
Spread almond butter on a tortilla, drizzle with honey and fold for instant no-cook quesadillas that are healthy and nutritious. Find more easy, healthy, kid-friendly recipes in Cooking with Trader Joes Cookbook – Pack a Lunch!
Easy Cheesy Chicken and Bacon Quesadilla
Kids will love the surprise of bacon in a quesadilla! Just combine veggie-flavored cream cheese, crumbled cooked bacon and shredded cheese. Spread on tortilla and brown in a hot skillet. Enjoy with your favorite Mexican toppings.
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