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Fun Veggie Snack Recipes for Little Chefs to Create

Published in Pediatrics, For the Health of It, Healthy Eating Tips Author: Allison Doerfler,RD LD

Summer is a great time to harvest fresh vegetables from your backyard garden or shop for produce at your local farmers market. Let your kids be part of the process by having them make some of these delicious and kid-friendly snacks. This week we’re putting the focus on recipes that incorporate vegetables. Check out our four easy veggie recipes below!

Cauliflower Popcorn

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese

Directions

With the help of an adult, cut your cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Drizzle them with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet. You’ll want an adult to help you place your cauliflower popcorn in the oven for 20 minutes at 425 degrees. Sprinkle the cauliflower with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Veggie Roll-Ups

Ingredients

  • Turkey or ham slices
  • Spreadable cream cheese
  • Pickles or other vegetables of your choice

Directions

Take a slice of turkey or ham and spread a thin layer of cream cheese on it. Roll the meat slice around a pickle or another vegetable of your choice.

Fresh garden salsa & chips

Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 large tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice

Directions

This is a great recipe if you’ve been growing vegetables in your own backyard garden. Simply gather all the ingredients listed and chop them with a knife on a cutting board. Ask for an adult’s help. Once the vegetables are chopped, place the salsa into a bowl and enjoy with your favorite tortilla chips, crackers, pretzels or veggie-based chips.

Optional variations: Consider adding colored bell peppers for additional crunch, and/or avocado to make some guacamole.

Ants on a log

Ingredients

  • Celery
  • Peanut butter or nut butter
  • Raisins or chocolate chips
  • Optional: Honey

Directions

Wash your celery and have an adult help cut it to your desired length. Next, spread two spoonfuls of peanut butter into the celery. Lastly, add on your “ant” by pressing raisins or chocolate chips into the peanut butter until they stick.

For some added flavor, try a drizzle of honey on top of the logs.

For more healthy snack ideas your kids can make, contact your health care provider.