7 Tiny Snacks for When Your Kid's Tummy Is Grumbling

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

It’s an hour before dinner and your kids are clamoring (“starving,” they say dramatically) for a snack. But your snack selection must be wise — if the pre-meal nosh is too big, they won’t want dinner at all. Try these tasty (but tiny!) options to appease your peckish crew as you get the main course ready.

Italian Ice Pops (above)

Giada De Laurentiis pairs frozen raspberries with mint for a tart, frozen snack you can easily make in an everyday ice tray — no over-sized pop molds required.

Photo by: Heather Ramsdell ©Food Network 2016

Heather Ramsdell, Food Network 2016

Cornbread Dots with Jam

Corn muffin mix doesn’t always have to end up in a muffin tin or cake pan. Drop spoonfuls onto a sheet tray to make small cornbread “cookies” that will satisfy without over-stuffing.

Photo by: Heather Ramsdell ©Food Network 2016

Heather Ramsdell, Food Network 2016

Pizza Skewers

A skewer makes any snack more fun. These no-cook kebabs with mozzarella, tomatoes, pepperoni and basil combine your kids’ favorite pizza flavors, but skip the belly-filling crust.

Crunchy Sunflower-Butter, Bacon and Banana Pinwheels

These bitty roll-ups are nut-free, but peanut butter is certainly a fine substitute for the sunflower butter if your kids crave a truly Elvis-inspired snack.

serve baby carrots and dip together in cute cups.

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jackie Alpers, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

serve baby carrots and dip together in cute cups.

Baby Carrot Dipper Cup

These veggies are a tiny snack classic. But something about filling a cute little cup with carrots and hummus or dressing for dipping makes the snack even more special.

Better Brownies

These brownie bites aren’t just “better” because they’re mini (thanks to a mini muffin tin, of course) — they have shredded zucchini hiding inside them too.

Recipe courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli Recipe courtesy Alex Guarnaschelli SHOW: The Cooking Loft EPISODE:The Big Apple

Photo by: Jackie Alpers ©2014 Television Food Netword All rights reserved

Jackie Alpers, 2014 Television Food Netword All rights reserved

Recipe courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli Recipe courtesy Alex Guarnaschelli SHOW: The Cooking Loft EPISODE:The Big Apple

Apple Chips

Alex Guarnaschelli finds that a little simple syrup makes these pretty apple chips even shinier and crunchier.

Keep Reading

Next Up

50 Colorful Snacks

We dreamed up a rainbow of small bites.

Food Network Stars As Kids

Browse photos of your favorite stars as you've never seen them before.

50 Super Bowl Snacks

Food Network Magazine has game day covered! Choose from dozens of easy dips, snack mixes, sliders and more.