Kids Can Make: Healthy Snacks

Young chefs can easily show off their kitchen savvy with any of these 5 healthy recipes from Food Network Kitchen.

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

5 Healthy Snacks from Scratch

Many days, snacks can make up a significant part of your child's daily food intake. What better way to model healthy snacking than to prepare snack foods at home from scratch? Have your young chef tackle any of these five healthy recipes from Food Network Kitchen.

Kids Can Make: Healthy Cinnamon-Raisin Soft Pretzels

Plump, chewy and a little bit sweet and salty, these healthy pretzels have it all. Try using white whole-wheat flour; it has a more kid-friendly taste than its cousin, regular whole wheat, and more fiber than all-purpose flour. For little and big kids: Let them help measure ingredients, roll and shape the pretzels and sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar.

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Kids Can Make: Healthy Secret Strawberry-Chocolate Chip Muffins

These muffins have a strawberry surprise baked in the center. It's also a surprise that each one has only 9 grams of sugar! For little and big kids: Let them help with lining the baking pan, measuring and scooping. Big kids can place the strawberries in the batter; little kids can sprinkle the chocolate chips.

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Kids Can Make: Healthy, Gluten-Free Cheesy Crackers

Part of the beauty of gluten-free dough is that you don't have to worry about handling it too much, so kids can really go to town rolling and shaping these snack-friendly cheesy crackers. (Overworking dough with gluten in the flour can make the dough tough.) For little and big kids: Let them measure ingredients, cut out the crackers and sprinkle on the toppings. For big kids: Let them try rolling out the dough.

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Kids Can Make: Healthy Taco Popcorn

Nutritional yeast is the secret ingredient in this taco spice blend. Dried and not active, it's high in vitamin B12 and has a pleasant cheesy flavor, making it the perfect stand-in when dairy's not an option. (You can find it in the supplement aisles at grocery and health food stores.) For big and little kids: Let them help measure ingredients and toss the popcorn.

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Kids Can Make: Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

These super-easy, fiber-packed treats are perfect as an after-school or camp-day snack. (Bonus: They don't need to be refrigerated.) For a more grown-up version, roll them in banana flour (made from freeze-dried bananas) or a little cocoa powder. For little and big kids: Let them help measure ingredients and roll the balls.

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Easy, Healthy After-School Snacks for Kids

Get creative when preparing after-school snacks and you will calm hunger pangs while dishing up the essential nutrients needed for growing bodies and brains.