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Low-Fat Snack Ideas for Kids

There are many reasons why it might be right for your child to start eating a lower-fat diet. Talk with a dietitian or your doctor to decide if your child should be eating a low-fat diet. Here are some suggestions to help decrease fat in your child's diet.

When your child asks for a high-fat food, offer a lower-fat choice instead.

Instead of… Try…
Regular chips Pretzels or baked chips
Meat pizza Veggie pizza
Hamburger Chicken sandwich
Fried chicken fingers Grilled chicken slices
French fries Baked potato wedges
Candy pieces Dried fruit pieces
Candy bars Granola bars
Ice cream Frozen yogurt

Give your child low-fat snacks during the day.

Healthy and fun snack ideas:

  • Mini-pizza - Top English muffins with tomato sauce, low-fat cheese and vegetables. Broil until cheese melts.
  • Sandwich creations - Cut any sandwich (made with whole wheat bread, low-fat cheese, lean meats, and fat-free dressings) with cookie cutters.
  • Fruit smoothie - Blend low-fat yogurt, banana, juice, and ice together.
  • Banana pops - Peel banana, dip in yogurt, roll in crushed breakfast cereal, then freeze.
  • Apple smiles - Spread peanut butter onto apple wedges and use marshmallows and/or raisins for teeth.

Other quick snack ideas:

  • graham crackers
  • whole wheat crackers and low-fat cheese
  • peanut butter on toast
  • trail mix (nuts, dry cereal, dried fruit)
  • dried fruit such as raisins, apricots, mixed fruit
  • low-fat or fat-free yogurt
  • pudding

Use low-fat foods in your home, including the following:

  • skim milk
  • low-fat or fat-free salad dressings
  • low-fat or fat-free cheeses
  • condiments such as mustard, ketchup, and BBQ sauce instead of mayonnaise, butter, or margarine
  • lean lunch meats such as lean ham, turkey, or chicken

Offer fruits and vegetables as snacks instead of cakes, cookies, or candies.

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