Quick and healthy snacks busy parents can make

Kids love these nutrition-packed alternatives to junk food

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Tired of your kids grabbing Pop Tarts or Cheetos at snack time? It might be time to try something different. Consider giving these healthy snacks a try:

Protein-packed power balls

Makes: 39 balls

  • 2 cup Rolled oats
  • 2/3 cup Honey
  • 1 cup Peanut butter
  • ½ cup Flaxseed
  • ½ cup Craisins
  • ½ cup Walnuts

Combine all ingredients and mix well using hands or a sturdy rubber spatula. Using a small scoop or a table spoon break off into quarter-sized pieces and using your hands loosely roll into balls. Place on a cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to set for one hour.

Cinnamon fruit salsa

Makes: 10 servings

  • 3 Apples diced
  • .5 tsp Lemon juice
  • 9 oz. Fresh strawberries diced
  • 12 Whole wheat tortillas
  • 3.5 oz. Red grapes cut in half
  • 1.5 tb. Ground cinnamon
  • 4 Kiwis diced
  • 1.75 oz. Sugar
  • 9 oz. Mandarin orange sections
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 oz. Brown sugar

Mix lemon juice and brown sugar together until sugar dissolves. Combine all of the fruit, add lemon-sugar mixture. Toss to coat. Cut each tortilla into six equal pieces and place on a cookie sheet pan in a single layer. Combine cinnamon and sugar. Lightly spray each tortilla and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar mixture. Bake at 325 degrees for eight minutes. Leave on sheet pant to cool. Serve salsa with cinnamon chips on the side.

Trail mix

Makes: 10 servings

  • 3 oz. Goldfish cheddar crackers
  • 4.5 oz. Crispix cereal
  • 5.5 oz. Mixed nuts unsalted
  • 4 oz. Mini twist pretzels
  • 4 oz. Raisins
  • 6 oz. Plain M&Ms

In a large bowl toss everything together to combine and serve.

Roast turkey high roller

Makes: 10 pieces

  • 2 oz. Lite cream cheese
  • 4 oz. Pre-sliced deli roast turkey breast
  • 1 tb. Craisins (chopped)
  • 2 oz. Cucumber (thinly sliced)
  • 1 oz. Apricot preserves
  • 1 Tb. Fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 1/8 tsp. Curry powder
  • 5 Slices fresh whole tomato
  • 2 Lettuce leaves
  • 1 – 10-inch Whole wheat tortilla

Combine cream cheese, chopped craisins, apricot preserves and curry powder in a bowl. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on the tortilla. Top with leaf lettuce, single layers of roast turkey, sliced cucumbers, sliced tomatoes and cilantro. Roll up tightly and refrigerate for two hours. Cut each wrap diagonally into ¾-inch slices.

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