Make it Bite-Size
Loading up a snack plate with too much food overwhelms a child. Offer children small bites and you will find that they are more apt to eat everything on their plates.
2 slices ham
2 slices low-fat cheese
12 mini crackers, such as Ritz Bits Cut ham and cheese (six from each slice) into small rounds the size of the mini crackers. A clean medicine bottle makes a good cutter. Place a ham round on six of the crackers, and then add the cheese. Cover each with another cracker. Serves 2.
8 jumbo pasta shells
1-cup tuna or egg salad filling
1/2 cup grated cheese (optional)
Cook the pasta shells. Drain and rinse in cold water. Fill each shell with tuna or egg salad, then sprinkle with grated cheese, if desired. (Or stuff the filling into hollowed-out cherry tomatoes, green peppers or cream puff shells.) Serves 4.
PEANUT BUTTER PINWHEELS
Spread creamy or chunky peanut butter and a little bit of honey on a fresh flour tortilla (available in the refrigerator section of most grocers). Sprinkle with granola, roll up the tortilla, and then slice it into bite-size pinwheels.