Last Updated on February 28, 2024

Some recipes for somewhat healthy, quick treats to celebrate the new school year:

  • Simple veggie dip: Light sour cream; add seasoning salt (like Lowry’s), dill, and onion powder to taste.

  • Quick sandwich cookies: Layer leftover frosting between two graham crackers. (Bonus: up to five grams of whole wheat per serving of the crackers! I wonder if that makes up for the frosting …)

  • Popsicles: Pour sugar-free lemonade or 100% juice into small cups, cover with foil, and poke in a popsicle stick. Freeze. If you do this while you’re packing lunches in the morning, they’ll be ready by the time the kids get home from school.

  • Yogurt popsicles: equal parts yogurt and 100% juice, plus a little vanilla. Add fruit for extra nutrition. Freeze.

  • Cake mix cookies: package of any flavor cake mix, an egg, 1/4 cup oil, 1/4 cup water. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. As a bonus, you can mix in raisins, M&Ms, chocolate chips, walnuts … the sky’s the limit. (Okay, this one isn’t necessarily healthy. Just easy.)

  • Ants on a log: Fill pieces of celery with natural peanut butter. Add raisins or other dried fruit on top as the “ants.”

  • Cracker buffet: Set out whole wheat crackers and any assortment of toppings: ham, different kinds of cheese, peanut butter, apples, dried fruit, reduced-fat cream cheese, chocolate chips, carrot or cucumber shavings, olives, etc. Encourage creative creations.

  • Fruit kabobs: Just wash, cut, and skewer.

  • Orange wedges: If they won’t eat them plain, add a little powdered sugar for dipping on the side.

  • Banana smoothies: Blend bananas, vanilla, milk or yogurt, ice, berries (optional) and honey until smooth.

  • Parfaits: Layer yogurt, granola, and fruit in a clear glass. My kids love this for breakfast, too.

  • Simple trail mix: Mix together any combo of raisins, craisins, other dried fruit, nuts, seeds, mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, or M&Ms.

  • Fruit dip: Blend reduced-fat cream cheese, vanilla, and brown sugar and white sugar to taste.

Yum! Leave your own in the comments section!

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  1. Mary Larmoyeux says:

    Great ideas. Thanks for sharing!